Essential Tools for the New Homeowner

Essential Tools for the New Homeowner

Chris Perez
Aug 14, 2012

Moving into a new space brings with it a lot of excitement. You'll likely have a long list of things you want to decorate and furnish the place with, but there are a few tech essentials you need so you're prepared for anything. We're not talking tablets, or laptops, since you likely already have what you need there. We list basic essentials that every homeowner should have in their utility belt as they make the transition from renter to landlord.

Cordless Drill - This should be number one on your list because you're going to use it and use it often. Things will get loose and need tightening, and IKEA furniture will need assembly. There probably won't be a more used tool around the house, so make sure you get a good quality one with a Lithium battery and a high power output (at least 18V).

Flashlight - In case of emergency or a power outage a flashlight is going to be your saving grace. Get one that can stand on its own and with a pivotable head to give you more freedom.

Laser level - Whether it's posters, art, or shelves, you're going to need to hang stuff in your new space. Make things easier by investing in a combination laser level and stud finder. You'll save time by doing things right the first time.

Digital Temperature probe - Getting a new space can inspire you to cook more — especially if you find yourself with more kitchen space. Make sure you don't overcook a meal with a digital temperature probe. If you think you'll be doing a lot of roasting or grilling, then I believe a remote temperature probe is essential. Set it, forget it, and it'll alert you when your food is done.

Batteries - With a new space you'll likely acquire a few more electronics that require batteries. Save yourself money in the long run by getting new rechargeable models that have larger storage capacities and with longer charge retention. It's better for the environment too.

Lawnmower - A new home also likely brings along some lawn responsibility. If you can afford it, a good electric lawnmower will be a quiet and fume-free solution that you'll appreciate — swing for the newer 36V varieties. If you don't have trees in your lawn, then you can get by with an easy-to-store rotary mower. New models are lightweight, with thicker blades to make yard-work less strenuous.

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