10 Tools for Your First Home

Did you just move into your first home? You’ll need to run to the hardware store to purchase some tools, just in case you want to fix something or add something to your house. While most new homeowners don’t think about buying tools until something happens, being prepared is the best way to avoid any major disasters!

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Here are the top ten tools that every new homeowner should have.

1. A heavy-duty toolbox: you don’t have to purchase the biggest and most expensive toolbox out there, but a box that’s made from something durable and can hold a lot of tools is ideal. This way, you can just pull your toolbox out, flip it open, and find the right tool without wondering where it is.

2. Hammer: a hammer is the most basic tool that you can buy, but it’s also the most versatile. You never know when you’re going to need a hammer.

3. A set of screwdrivers with various tips:  if there’s one tool that you’ll probably use more than a few times, it’s a screwdriver. But, not all screws have the same tips; so buy a screwdriver kit that comes with a few different tips.

4. Pliers: needle nose pliers are the most popular sort (and the ones that you’ll use often).

5. A tape measure: don’t try and guess at measurements – pull out your tape measure instead!

6. A level: is that picture straight? Not sure? Whip out your level to find out!

7. Safety glasses or goggles: even the smallest task requires the right safety measures. Put on your safety goggles whenever you work on a home improvement project  – you just might save your eyes from a flying piece of metal or wood.

8. Nails and screws: many hardware stores now sell kits that are full of different sized screws and nails. Purchase one of these kits to avoid searching for a random nail or screw when you need one.

9. Stud finder: a stud finder is one of those tools that are really great to have around. You never know when you’re going to have to find a stud, and it’s hard to find one if you don’t have the right tool.

10. Drill with various bits: purchase a reversible drill, keep it charged, and look for one that comes with lots of different bits. This might be the one tool that you reach for the most (next to your hammer).

Setting Up Your Tools

Even if the space that you have for a set of tools is no bigger than a closet, it’s important to make sure that this space is clean and tidy. Otherwise, you’ll be looking for tools without much luck if you have to search beneath major piles of junk. Try and designate one area of your home for your tools, and you’ll have a much easier time finding what you need when an emergency strikes (or you just want to change your kitchen cabinets).

Moving Into a New Home

There’s nothing more exciting than moving into your first home. Over the years, you’ve probably accumulated a bunch of stuff that you may now need to move into your new place – or, you may just decide to put a lot of that stuff in storage. Either way, working with a full service moving company that can help you pack, move, and unpack is ideal. This way, you can concentrate on more important things like making sure that you have the right tools for your new place.

You don’t have to purchase all of the tools listed above at the same time (that could get expensive), but it’s a good idea to buy one tool per month if possible. This way, your tool collection will build up in no time, and you’ll never have to ask your new neighbors to borrow a tool or two. If you need help moving to Fort Collins or Denver, give us a call. We’ll be happy to provide you with a free estimate. We also have two very large storage spaces in both Denver and Fort Collins – just in case you can’t move all of your stuff into your new home right away!

At Exodus Moving and Storage, our goal is to make sure that your move goes smoothly. Call us today to see how we can help you!