Homes are considered one of the greatest investments that you can buy—and for a good reason. They only gain value as time goes on, rarely ever losing value.
For this reason, you need to maintain your home to add to the property value. To keep things shipshape, you will need these top tools for maintaining your home.
1. Measuring Tape
Everything in your house should be fabricated. Through design, your home should be structurally sound, meaning that things should fit tightly together, and there should be no wobbling or uneven places that would jeopardize the home’s integrity.
Houses can crumble to the ground if they are on an unlevel or uneven foundation, and the very fundamentals of a building come from measuring. Everything must be measured from the ground up. This is why measuring tape is the most important tool you can have to measure and check things before building or replacing anything.
2. Hammer and Drivers
In most cases, when using organic materials, just about everything is either screwed or hammered together at some point.
You will need a sturdy hammer and a few different-sized drivers to get in and out of hard-to-reach places where screws might be. There are different varieties and sizes of screws, so you’ll need multiple sizes of drivers for all the many types.
If something isn’t fastened with a nail or screw, you can count on it most likely being secured with a washer and nut. You’ll need wrenches to loosen or tighten these.
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Now, you’ll typically see these on larger or more mechanical structures, but if you have an automated garage door, for instance, then you might find yourself needing that wrench. Another example would be for your plumbing.
Pliers are like the universal “get anything done” tool. They can pull out old nails from places that seem impossible to pry open. They can loosen old, rusted nuts and bolts, and they can be used like clamps to hold things in place while you’re working on something else.
They are so versatile and necessary for so many around-the-house projects that it seems impossible to work without them.
Like with measuring, things need to be even and level. Without a level foundation, your house will fall. You’ll need a level for any major repair with your framing or your roof. There are many jobs that a level is helpful for. If you’re getting ready to lay concrete for a patio, for example, you’ll need to level the framing boards to ensure that it’s all one flat, even surface.
Now that you know what tools you should always keep on hand to maintain your home, you’ll never be without the things you need most. If you are, then there’s always the hardware store to get you set up!