First Time Homebuyers, Don’t buy any tools until you read this first!

Warren Oberholser
Warren Oberholser
Published on May 6, 2021

Hi, I’m Warren Oberholser. I’m a realtor in the East Bay Tri-Valley area in Northern California. My goal is to help both buyers and sellers get maximum results for one of their biggest investments, their home.

Hey, hey, congratulations. Your property just closed and you’re a first-time homebuyer who’s moving in. This is exciting.

Now, you just came from a condo and you realize you need more furniture and you also realize you’ve never had a garage. So now what you need are tools. In this BLOG, I am going to talk about what tools you should have in your house.

Do it yourself projects are on the rise

Last year was dubbed the year of the home by editors at homeadvisory.com who saw a huge leap in the popularity of do-it-yourself home improvement projects. Home maintenance projects, especially for the do-it-yourselfer, have become even more popular.

On average, performing slightly more than seven maintenance projects. An increase of 25% over the previous year. So, whether you’re a first-time home buyer or you’ve decided to take on those projects, you’re going to need the proper tool.

The basics will help you hang shelves, fix a dripping faucet, install a new doorknob, and more. Large projects on the other hand require additional or specialized tools. Although tool prices have increased, there are ways to buy them on the cheap.

35″ tape measure is a good addition for your tool box

First, let’s start filling your toolbox with the basics.

  • Protective gear (at bare minimum, goggles and a dust mask)
  • Duct tape
  • Screwdrivers (both a #2 Phillips and a square-head)
  • A 16″ all-purpose claw hammer
  • Pliers
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Hacksaw
  • 35’ Measuring tape
  • Stepladder
  • Utility knife
  • Pencil
  • Flashlight or headlamp (and extra batteries)

If you are new to the world of tools, do yourself a favor by learning tips from the pros.

For instructional videos visit Powernation, “You May Be Using The Wrong Tools For The Job, Here are The Correct Ones.”

The above tool list I just went over will help you manage basic home repairs. Anything larger or more creative will require additional tools.

Circular Saw
  • Circular saw
  • Cordless drill with screwdriver attachments as well as drill bits
  • Level
  • Stud finder
  • 6-foot ladder

Naturally, this list could be endless, but this is a good start.

Where can you buy these tools without breaking your budget?

Garage sales are a good place to find used tools

The least expensive place to buy tools is used ones. So you can go to a garage sale and a state sale, or online like:

If you choose to shop at a garage sale or a state sale, get there early. Most will be gone within the first hour the sale is open. And given how renovation projects have now come to a new height, used tools are actually becoming more popular.

When purchasing used tools, make sure you inspect them carefully. Be on the lookout for a frayed power cord, missing charger batteries, and any rust or corrosion.

If you are choosing to purchase new tools, make sure you shop around. Prices can vary from retail store to retail store.

The obvious outlets are:

But don’t neglect the smaller retailers such as:

Always get tips from the professions

For how-to tips on common home maintenance projects, visit familyhandyman.com, thisoldhouse.com, or bobvilla.com.

Once you find the right tools, you’ll find your home improvement project will go faster, smoother, and most likely safer.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Please let me know if you have any questions. Warren

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Hello…I work with both buyers and sellers in the Tri-Valley area of Northern California. The Tri-Valley is comprised of 6 cities: Pleasanton, Livermore, Dublin, San Ramon, Danville, and Alamo. To better understand what each city has to offer, I have created a Pros and Cons video and BLOG for each – (Pros & Cons for Pleasanton, Pros & Cons for Livermore, Pros & Cons for Dublin, Pros & Cons for San Ramon, Pros & Cons for Danville and Pros & Cons for Alamo). If you are thinking about purchasing or selling a home, please reach out to me by text, phone, or email. If it is convenient, I can schedule a Zoom chat so we can discuss your home goals. Wishing you all the best on your home journey. Cheers!

Warren Oberholser

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