What tools does every household need? 

According to statistics, around 14.6 million households in the UK own their own home. If this is you, then you may have already dabbled in some DIY. From fixing a leaking tap to major home renovations, when you own your home, you’re responsible for repairs.

As such, you’ll need the right tools to hand in the event of an emergency.

If you’re not sure what tools you should have in your toolkit, we’ve put together our top 5 tools to keep you going.


Top of the list is the humble screwdriver. A versatile tool that can be used for virtually anything, you’ll need a screwdriver to assemble flatpack furniture, re-wire your home or even open some tins of paint.

If your budget allows, it’s a good idea to get a flathead and phillips screwdriver to ensure you’re prepared for virtually every fixing.


A wrench is an incredible tool that can be used for gripping and fastening. Wrenches come in all different shapes and sizes and are predominantly used for adjusting pipe fittings, nuts and bolts. This versatility makes them ideal for plumbing jobs.

So, whether you’ve got a leaking sink or you’re installing a new bathroom to counteract falling house prices, you won’t want to be without a handy wrench.

Tape measure

Nobody likes shoddy workmanship. So, if you want to avoid wonky walls and skewed picture rails, you’re going to need a tape measure. Having the correct measurements makes a world of difference whether you’re an amateur DIYer or a professional tradesperson.

If you don’t already have one, try to choose a tapemeasure that feels robust. Most metal ones will be suitable, not to mention easier to use than other types.

Claw hammer

A claw hammer is an essential gadget that can be used for hammering things together or pulling out nails and/or screws.

A claw hammer is the most popular type of hammer, so chances are you may already have one of these in your toolbox. If you don’t, head to your local hardware store to try some out for size.

When choosing your shiny new claw hammer, try to pick one with a rubber handle to avoid any accidents.

Electric drill

Sometimes, you just need a bit more power. Compared to the trusty screwdriver, an electric drill is a lifesaver if you’re working on bigger projects.

An electric drill can be used for everything from boring holes in timber to fastening and unfastening screws. You can even mix paint, grout and concrete with one!

Now, all that’s left to do is dust off your work gear and get to it.

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