Every homeowner has to have some fix-it knowledge. In order to get the job done you have to have the right tools. First you will need to assemble a proper home-repair tool kit. This suggested kit should cost approximately $200 and provide you with 90% of all the tools you’ll ever need to repair and maintain your home.

Here are the top tools you’ll need to get started.

1. Toolbox

First things first, you’ll need something to hold all of your tools. A toolbox will help you organize and quickly find what you are looking for in a pinch. A toolbox doesn’t have to be a box at all, it may be a bag and large container as long as all of your tools fit and are easily accessible.

2. Hammer

A hammer is the absolute must-have tool. You may choose a steel- or fiberglass-shaft hammer. Make sure to choose one with a smooth (not checkered) head.  You may also want to choose a hammer with a straight or “rip” claw they are more useful for demolition.

3. Screwdrivers (mixed set)

Go ahead and buy the set of screwdrivers. You will save money plus you will get all the sizes you need. Your set should have 1/4- and 3/8-inch flat heads and No. 1 and No. 2 Phillips head drivers. Some screwdrivers have magnetic heads; they can come in handy when looking for dropped nails etc. too.

4. Tape measure

Buy a good quality tape measure. Buy at least a 16-foot,  3/4-inch-wide model. Also look for one that is easy-locking.

5. Reversible drill with bit set

A reversible drill is the only electric tool you need and it is a must. Home centers are full of cordless models but you may want to opt for a corded version, they are less expensive and never run out of battery. Make sure to purchase a 3/8th-inch reversible drill this will be the most useful around your home.

6. Utility knife

Often there is nothing that can replace a utility knife. Make sure to purchase plenty of replaceable blades for your utility knife.

7. Handsaw

Even if you have a circular saw, you may still find some times when you will be happy to have a handsaw handy. A short handsaw is probably best, look for one with a 12-inch blade it will cut straighter and faster.

8. A level

A level is essential for hanging just about anything. Purchase a 9-inch torpedo level. This is easier and more accurate than laser levels.

9. Vise grips: $10

Clamp anything with vise grips. Also known as locking pliers, all you need to do is adjust the screw drive in the handle and clamp it on to anything that needs viselike stabilizing. If you don’t have vise grips channel-lock pliers can be a good backup.

10. Safety glasses

Better safe than sorry. Effective eye protection is a must in any toolkit.

 

 

 

 

The love letter is back! What is a love letter in real estate? When the market is hot and competition for desirable homes is high buyers can gain an advantage by writing the seller a love letter.

You may be wondering why in the world would I write a love letter to a seller? The answer: you want an advantage in a competitive real estate market.

What should I put in my love letter?

Compliment the seller on their home

Tell the seller why you love the home

Compliment the neighborhood

Make it personal

Be genuine

Love letters often appeal to a seller’s emotions and often especially if the owner has lived in the home a while the decision to sell a home is a very emotional process. If you find yourself in a bidding war or want to land the perfect home it may be a love letter that makes all the difference.

 

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