Tools everyone needs

2018-05-29 06:00

BECOMING a homeowner is a milestone that many aspire to, but owning a property comes with a few additional responsibilities like home maintenance. Why is maintaining a home so important?

According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, there are two reasons. The first reason is to protect the value of the home, and the second reason is to ensure that the occupants of the home remain safe.

Goslett said while home maintenance is a necessary element of owning property, it does not have to cost the homeowner a lot of money, especially, if they have a reasonable amount of know-how and some basic but vital tools around the house.

Here is a list of some very helpful tools that should be kept in the home:

1. Screwdrivers

Whether tightening a loose fixture, removing a light covering, assembling a new piece of furniture or replacing a light bulb, new homeowners will soon find out that there are very few maintenance tasks that don’t require a screwdriver.

At some stage, every homeowner will need to use a screwdriver, making it an essential household tool.

2. Hammer

Another staple in a homeowner’s maintenance arsenal is the hammer.

A good hammer will come in handy to the simplest tasks like hanging up family pictures.

When considering purchasing a hammer, the best and most versatile option is one with a claw head and anti-vibration rubber grip.

3. A spirit or wall level

It is far easier to hang a shelf or artwork on a level plane with a spirit level as a guide. While an experienced eye will be able to hang items fairly well, a wall level takes the guesswork out of the job and ensures that the piece of art or shelf is perfectly even on the first try.

4. A utility knife

Also known as a Stanley knife or box cutter, a utility knife is great for moving home and opening well taped-up boxes.

Most utility knives will have a retractable blade so that they can be stored or carried safely.

A putty knife is another excellent knife to have in the house, as it is the ideal tool for replacing a broken window pane — an absolute necessity for families with small children.

5. Measuring tape

Often homeowners need to know how big a certain area in the home is before they purchase an appliance or item of furniture.

Having an accurate way to measure the space will save a lot of frustration.

A measuring tape is an ideal tool to make sure that homeowners don’t purchase an item that doesn’t fit in the intended space.

Measuring tapes come in various lengths. While a three-metre tape is perfect for most jobs around the home, a five-metre or eight-metre measuring tape will allow homeowners to measure larger spaces in a shorter time.

6. Flashlight

Whether it’s dealing with a power cut or trying to find something that has fallen into a dark space, a durable, good-quality flashlight, as well as extra batteries, is a must for every household.

If not finding your way around the house during load shedding, a flashlight is also extremely handy when working on repairs in tighter and darker areas around the home. While more expensive from the outset, hybrid flashlights that use solar power or are rechargeable will save the homeowner on batteries in the long run.

7. An adjustable wrench and pliers

Owning an adjustable wrench means being able to tackle several maintenance jobs with only one tool. Pliers are also a must-have for every homeowner — the best option is a pair that has serrated jaws offering a better grip.

8. Toolbox

Lastly, a homeowner will require somewhere to keep the tools, such as an easy-to-carry toolbox. Keeping all the most commonly-used tools in one place makes them easier to find and store.

— Property24.

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