It’s said that if all you have is a hammer, everything starts to look like a nail. That’s fine if you’re hanging a picture, but really bad if you’re trying to fix a leaky faucet. Stock your toolbox with the right tools for the right job, and you’ll be on your way to HGTV-level home expert in no time!

Hammer. Again — not for use on leaky faucet, but you’ll need this more than any other single tool.
Screwdrivers. A basic set of screwdrivers (both flat-head and Phillips) is a must, but if you can, opt for a set with a large range of screwdriver heads. You’ll always have the right size for the job!
Level. Spare yourself endless rounds of “Does this look even?” when hanging pictures, and just get a straight answer. (See what we did there?)
Tape measure. These come in all shapes and sizes, but if you need to measure large spaces (like rooms), invest in a heavy-duty 25-foot model.
Pliers. As with screwdrivers, this is a case when a wide variety of sizes comes in handy.
Adjustable wrench. Even if you don’t install your own shower heads or disassemble pipes to remove clogs, you may need to perform an emergency water shutoff. And that’s the worst possible time to need a trip to the hardware store.

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This article was repurposed with permission from Ellie Mae, Inc. - Encompass©  Home Maintenance Tips Summer 2022
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