If you’re a frugal homeowner, or simply like working with your hands, you’ll know the satisfaction of doing a job yourself.
People spent almost two billion dollars on residential renovations or additions in the September quarter of 2015, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics – just imagine how much of that could have been avoided if people had a decent skillset and a few simple tools.
There really are some things you can DIY.
1) Claw hammer
There are going to be all sorts of jobs where you need to be able to both drive and pull nails. While other hammers can certainly do the first, the second is relegated to the utilitarian claw hammer. Whether you are hanging frames or assembling furniture, the claw hammer is integral to any tool kit.
Bonus saving tip: Depending on how many repairs that you are planning to do yourself, you’ll want to adjust how much you spend. Paying more for a more durable hammer might not be necessary if you are only planning to use it occasionally. On the other hand, a small dent in your online banking statement is infinitely more preferable than a bad hammer on an important repair!
2) Screwdriver set
Yes, a full set. Don’t skimp out and only purchase a single flathead screwdriver and expect that to be enough. These tools are particularly useful for checking on broken appliances or replacing light switches – and nearly all of them will have different types and sizes of screws. A full set is a necessity!
Bonus saving tip: This is one thing we would recommend shelling out for. Bad screwdrivers can be made of inferior metal to the screws you are accessing, shredding the screwdriver head and potentially ruining the screw along with the entire repair.
3) Tape measure
It’s not quite as exciting as the other things in your toolbox, but it will probably end up being used more than anything else. Whether you are moving into a new home and need to know if the fridge will fit, or are planning to convert your living room into something more open plan, you’ll need to know the measurements.
Bonus saving tip: If you manage to break or lose your tape measure, a $5 note is exactly 65mm high by 130mm tall. You can get rough measurements by using this, but it will not compare to the tape measure!
There are going to be times when you need to cut something – and scissors just aren’t going to handle a plank of wood or PVC pipe. Hacksaws are generally smaller and lighter than wood saws, so they are better suited for a basic toolbox.
Bonus saving tip: Get a hacksaw with a removable blade. That way, you don’t have to buy an entirely new tool when it (inevitably) becomes blunt.
Home improvement isn’t all hammers and nails.
For the more artistic among us, there is plenty of room to get creative in your home. Whether you are updating your interior design to utilise the latest colour trends or just repairing a scratch in the wall, a decent paintbrush should be in everyone’s home repair arsenal.
Bonus saving tip: If you stop in the middle of a paint job, make sure that you keep the brush wet by putting it and some water into a plastic bag. No more crusty brushes!
What do you think is a necessary tool for a crafty homeowner?
ANTHONY WALKER – OWNER/ MANAGER BOQ PENRITH