There are many big differences between renting an apartment and owning a home.

Of course, one of the biggest is the freedom to decorate however you want– painting walls, remodeling, replacing fixtures, whatever it takes to make the space feel truly yours.

However, there’s one downside: any repairs that become necessary in the house are now your responsibility. There’s no landlord to call or website where you can submit a maintenance request– it’s all on you!

Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of tools that any homeowner should have on hand. Trust us, if something breaks, you’ll be relieved to have the necessary tool at the ready, rather than needing to go out and buy one!


1. Tape Measure

A tape measure is something you pretty much never think about until you need it– but when you do need it, it becomes invaluable.

This handy tool is necessary when you need to quickly assess the size of something in your home. For example, if you’ve purchased a brand-new, custom-made piece of furniture, it’ll serve you well to measure the doorways in your home versus the piece to make sure that it’ll be possible to move it into the desired room.

Plus, for any home improvement project, you’ll need to know how large a wall is to make sure you purchase enough paint, tile, or wallpaper.


2. Screwdriver set

Having a complete set of screwdrivers on hand will save you time and hassle. A good assortment of Philip’s head and flathead screwdrivers will help you easily assemble (or disassemble, or repair) whatever you might need.


3. Pliers

Pliers come in handy for all kinds of projects, even daily tasks around the house. Anytime you need to get a good grip on something that your hands can’t quite reach, or that your fingers aren’t strong enough to grasp, pliers are your best friend.


4. Hammer

A good hammer will help you assemble furniture, hang pictures, and make daily repairs as needed. They don’t wear out, so invest in a good-quality one that’ll stay with your family for decades to come.


5. Utility Knife

Don’t use your kitchen knives to open packages– protect them and keep a utility knife on hand. It’ll help you easily cut through packages or any other material, better than a pair of scissors or a kitchen knife ever could.


6. Stepladder

Unless you’re very tall or the ceilings in your home are very low, chances are good that there are some shelves you can’t get to on your own. Standing on a chair isn’t recommended– pick up a sturdy stepladder that you can pull out as needed to reach high shelves and change out lightbulbs.


7. Laser Level

For any home improvement project, installing things on a level is absolutely essential. A laser level is a superior choice over any other kind, shining a bright line where it needs to go without requiring any additional marking.

You can use this for everything from installing built-in shelves to just hanging a picture. No matter what, everything looks better when it’s not crooked!

No matter how big or small your next home improvement project, the experts at Kaufman By Design are here to help. If you need a professional opinion about your interior design project, just give us a call or drop by to get started!