We have all known a mom, sister or girlfriend who can literally save the world with the contents of a well-stocked purse. Everything from band-aids to bobby pins, duct tape to batteries can be neatly stashed in a put together purse, just for emergencies.
First-time homeowners, take a bit of this preparedness to heart. It’s inevitable that you will need to repair things, touch things up and work fairly consistently to keep your new home in well working order.
Here are some simple kit-building ideas that will make handling any unforeseen project in your home a breeze.
If you’ve been a renter for some years, it’s quite likely that you’ve never had the need for a hammer, nails or screwdriver. If something broke, you probably called the property owner. Now, home repair responsibilities fall to the shoulders of the owner.
Put yourself a basic tool kit together. Think about common tasks and repairs around your home and stock an easily accessible box or bag with the equipment you’ll need.
- Hammer – the foundation of any tool kit.
- Nails and screws – for securing loose items, hanging pictures and general construction.
- Drill – drills come in handy when creating pilot holes. Many drills also have screwdriver bits, so this tool can double as an electric screwdriver.
- Adjustable pliers and wrench – commonly used in plumbing projects.
- Duct tape – it really is a fix-all.
- Tape measure
- Box cutter
- Small saw
Cleaning supply kits are often overlooked when people move into a new home. Amidst the excitement, finding the bottle of Windex or dish soap is an afterthought.
Prepare a kit that includes your basic cleaning supplies, as well as trash bags, twisty ties, wipes, a small broom and dustpan, vacuum filters and other items used to keep your house tidy.
Store cleaning supply kits out of sight but within easy reach – it will make cleaning up messes quicker and more convenient if you don’t have to hunt and reach for the tools you need.
Colds, allergies and small sicknesses can develop into big problems in the middle of a move or the home buying process. Build a kit with basics – aspirin, allergy medicine, band-aids, common ointments – and create an auxiliary, travel component that can be easily carried with you on the go.