• Home » 7 Basic Tools No Homeowner Should Live Without

7 Basic Tools No Homeowner Should Live Without

From upgrades to quick repairs to preventative property maintenance, there are plenty of reasons every homeowner needs a great set of basic tools at their disposal. Here are the seven basic tools every homeowner should have in their arsenal.



A Pair of Screwdrivers
It’s imperative to have a pair of screwdrivers on hand for repairs and maintenance needs. While it’s preferable to have a set that includes multiple heads for a variety of projects around the house, at the very least, make sure you have a Phillips head (or cross) screwdriver and a flat-head screwdriver.

Electric Drill
For those looking to save a little time, an electric drill is your best bet. A good drill set will come with multiple bits to ensure you have the ability to tackle multiple projects and screws of various shapes and sizes.

A Hammer
Perhaps a no-brainer, a hammer can be used for a variety of projects around the home. From actual repairs to simply hanging your favorite wall art, a hammer is a tool no homeowner should live without.

A Set of Wrenches
Another tool that requires multiple sizes and shapes, wrenches are valuable for assembling furniture and for tightening a loose bolt under the sink. Ideally, you should work toward collecting a few different sizes to tackle multiple repair needs, but if you’re just beginning to build your toolkit, invest in both an adjustable wrench and an allen wrench key set. 

Tape Measure
Whether you are working on a more extensive project or simply trying to find the best spot in the house for your antique china hutch, a tape measure is an essential tool that will come in handy more often than you think.

Stud Finder
Relatively inexpensive and easy to find in just about any hardware section, a stud finder is useful for hanging heavy wall art and mounting shelves. It will even come in handy for those tackling more extensive home renovations.

Pipe Repair Kit
In the event of a burst or cracked pipe, you’ll want to turn off the water and repair the pipe as soon as possible to prevent water from gushing out. Having a pipe repair kit on hand for emergency repairs is crucial for homeowners in a pinch. Fiberglass pipe repair kits are generally inexpensive and are safe for food and water service lines. Be sure to double-check your specific brand and have it at the ready for an easy or temporary fix.

No one wants to find themselves in the middle of a project without the necessary tools to complete the job, and no homeowner should find themselves unable to make simple repairs. 

Our Offices

Brooklyn Office

361 Nostrand Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11216

718.395.5626

Elmhurst Office

76-26 Broadway

Elmhurst, NY 11373

718.446.1300

Wantagh Office

1897 Wantagh Avenue

Wantagh, NY 11793

516.826.4600

East Meadow Office

1856 Hempstead Tpke

East Meadow, NY 11554

516.796.8900

Fresh Meadows Office

188-13 Union Turnpike

Fresh Meadows, NY 11366

718.206.1340

Syosset Office

40 Underhill Blvd.

Syosset, NY 11791

516.826.2100

Oceanside Office

2911 Long Beach Road

Oceanside, NY 11572

516.223.2525

Long Beach Office

284 W Park Ave

Long Beach, NY 11561

516.665.2000

Merrick Office

55 Merrick Avenue

Merrick, NY 11566

516.302.8500

Farmingdale Office

392 Conklin Street

Farmingdale, NY 11735

516.293.2323

Franklin Square Office

1069 Hempstead Turnpike

Franklin Square, NY 11010

516.825.6511

Hicksville Office

10 Stewart Ave

Hicksville, NY 11801

516.334.4333

The CENTURY 21 American Homes App

Download the CENTURY 21 American Homes app to take your search on the go and access your saved homes and searches from anywhere. Try it for free and get notifications directly on your phone about new homes on the market!