Essential Home Maintenance Kit

Written by on November 6, 2012 in Lifestyle - No comments | Print this page


If you are moving into your first home or apartment, or even just moving somewhere new, one of the many things you’ll need is a simple home maintenance kit.  There are bound to be a hundred-and-one minor repairs and adjustments you’ll want to make as you transform the new place from empty rooms into a home.  You’ll inevitably need to organize electric cords, hang pictures, put up shelves, and fix squeaky hinges.  So to ensure you’re prepared to tackle the basics of home maintenance, it pays to put together a small toolkit.  Here’s what to put in it:

Primary Tools

  • Screwdriver: Be sure to get one with attachments for both Phillips and flathead screws.
  • Pliers: The most important pair to have are Needlenose Pliers, they’ll come in handy for everything from arts and crafts to straightening bent racks in an old dishwasher.
  • Wire Cutters: To save room and cash, you might consider getting some needle nose pliers (also handy) with a wire cutting function.
  • Hammer
  • Box Cutter
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Staple Gun: Perhaps non-essential, but incredibly fun.  And it’ll come in handy for securing everything from Christmas lights to wall tapestries.


  • Drywall screws: 1” drywall screws are best, but it’s good to have various smaller sizes, too.
  • Assorted Nails: Be especially sure to get small finishing nails.  The ones pre-coated in white paint are especially handy for running stereo or electrical cords along the baseboard.
  • Picture Hangers: Get some of the small checkmark shaped hooks and a few of the larger V-shaped ones.
  • Drywall Anchors: These come in various sizes.  It is good to have several of the small plastic tube-shaped type and a few of the larger metal spring loaded kind for hanging heavy mirrors or paintings.

Holding Everything Together

  • Ducktape
  • Blue Painters Tape: Useful easily removed tape that doesn’t peel away paint or leave residue.
  • Thin Metal Wire: Good for hanging pictures and binding together odds and ends.
  • Zip Ties
  • Twine
  • Glues: You’ll probably need wood glue and superglue most of all.


  • Pencils
  • Graphite spray: Quick fix for sticky, rusted door locks.
  • Lubricant: WD40 is a great option for eliminating most annoying creaks and squeaks.

All of these items can be obtained inexpensively at a local hardware store, and will save you a great deal of frustration in the future.  After making the initial investment, you will have most of them forever and use them frequently.  This list is fairly comprehensive and contains everything you’ll need for the most common household issues.  Of course, no toolkit is ever truly complete, and you can be sure yours will continue to grow over the years.

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