When you own a house, you own a lot of things that might need fixing. This month, the PRG staff share their most treasured tools to have on hand.
Kathy : A Multi-Bit Screwdriver
“I purchased one last year and keep it in the kitchen junk drawer. No more running down to the basement for the right screw driver. Mine also has a ratchet function.”
Erin : A Good Flashlight
“I live in a condo, so most tools are not necessary for me, but I always have a flashlight on hand. You never know when the lights are going to go out!”
Carolyn : A Drain Snake
“I have in an old house and don’t want to eat away the plumbing with corrosive drain cleaners. This thing is kind of gross to use, but it’s a bargain compared to calling a plumber when the tub won’t drain. (I also recommend a good pair of work gloves and plenty of rags or paper towels.)”
Kevin : A Cordless Drill
“This one’s a bit of an investment, but comes in handy, especially for bigger projects around the house.”
Paul : A Tape Measure
“For jobs as simple as hanging a picture or rearranging the furniture, or as complicated as you want to get. You could just eyeball it … but that might not end well.”
Tools on a Budget?
Here are some ideas for getting your hands on the tools you need (especially the larger, more expensive items) without overspending:
- Borrow from friends or neighbors.
- Use your block club to arrange sharing of bigger tool purchases or rentals.
- See if your local hardware store rents the tool you need.
- Check out garage sales and second-hand stores.
- Get in touch with your neighborhood organization. Some offer voucher programs to help residents keep up with repairs and improvements.