8 essential tools to have on hand for jobs around your home

As COVID-19 continues to affect the daily lives of Canadians all across the country, a number of particularly productive people have taken it upon themselves to make the most of their time spent at home. While not all of us have the budget nor the ability to completely renovate our home's kitchen or turn the living room into a bachelor's paradise, there are likely some more manageable tasks that can be done.

Although COVID-19 has given us all an ideal opportunity to tackle some home improvement DIY projects, renovations can seem like a seriously tall order for the uninitiated. This simple list of must-have tools is designed to help you get started.

 

1. Measuring tape

Measure twice, cut once. There’s a reason why this mantra has persisted over the years, and it demonstrates just why the measuring tape is an essential addition to any new tool kit. Whether you’re installing shelves, a new entertainment unit or simply want to know exactly how large a 55-inch TV actually is, the measuring tape will be your best friend.

 

2. Hammer

If you’re hanging a new picture, assembling furniture or removing an unwanted nail, hammers are among the most necessary of all hand tools. While there are a number of variations that are designed for specific jobs, you’ll be surprised at the number of handy ways a standard hammer will come in handy.

 

3. Screwdriver

Easily one of the most essential tools to own, a reliable set of screwdrivers will be extremely useful in a wide assortment of jobs. Good-quality sets should include a variety of flat heads and Phillips head sizes, as these are the two most commonly used styles.

 

4. Level

There’s nothing more frustrating than a crooked shelf or picture frame, and the surefire way to avoid having this problem in your own home is with a level. While there are many types of levels available, simple analog models with a floating bubble will get any beginner jobs done with ease.

 

5. Pliers

Whenever you need to pull, pinch or manipulate small objects, reach for a set of pliers. There are a million uses for this handy tool, and a variety of different types depending on the specific job, like needle-nose, combination or locking pliers.

 

6. Utility knife

Don’t reach for your new Santoku kitchen knife whenever you need open a box or cut away carpet edges. Instead, use a utility knife. The retractable blade ensures that the knife is always sharp and ready for whatever obstacles you have ready for it.

 

7. Power drill

Aside from simply drilling holes and driving nails, there is a whole range of applications that could use the touch of a power drill. Invest in a comprehensive and high-quality set of drill bits and you’ll be set for life.

 

8. Ladder

From getting on the roof to install Christmas lights, to cleaning out the gutters, there are plenty of situations where a sturdy ladder becomes a necessity. For those who live in smaller spaces, like an apartment or condo, a folding step ladder is useful for changing light bulbs and much more.

While not everyone is cut out for serious professional-grade home improvement projects, everybody should at least be ready to perform small projects around the house as needed. Kijiji offers a wide assortment of new and gently used tools for you to start building your own tool kit.

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