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Top 10 Tools for the First-Time Home Owner

Buying an home for the first time is exciting and thrilling! You’re no longer paying your landlord’s mortgage and you can do whatever you want to the space. Home ownership is a fantastic thing, but if you’re a first-time home buyer, one of the things you will miss the most is the ability to call your landlord when something breaks. Here’s a list of the top 10 tools that any first-time home buyer should have at the ready!

  1. Ladder: You don’t need anything fancy, but you will need a ladder for interior and exterior projects.
  2. Circular Saw: The first big wood project you undertake will have you wishing you had a circular saw if a hand saw is the only thing available. There are a variety of sizes, and cost usually depends on how big of one you need. Start small and work your way up the circular saw ladder!
  3. Cordless Drill: You will get a ton of mileage from a cordless drill. Look for a battery-powered one.
  4. Hammer: Seems obvious, but you don’t want to be caught without a hammer when you’re trying to hang-up pictures or art work
  5. Garden Hose: That spigot outside will be a lot easier to use if you have a garden hose. Don’t forget a good nozzle too!
  6. Tape Measure: Tape measures are cheap and useful, so grab one or a couple to stash in your toolbox or around the house.
  7. Level: A level will come in handy with your hammer for hanging pictures or installing shelves.
  8. Screwdrivers: Since you’ll need both flathead and Phillips head screwdrivers, look for a set that has both.
  9. Pliers: Not all pliers are created equal, so like screwdrivers, grab a set if you can find one.
  10. Stud Finder: Since you’ll be hanging up a lot of stuff in your new Anaheim Hills home, spend the money on a stud finder.
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By Diego Loya

Diego Loya is a Realtor - Broker at Home Living Real Estate Brokerage, a Orange County full services real estate company. Over the past 12 years, Diego has helped homeowners sell and buy their homes. He's loves educating and empowering real estate consumers. You can find him on Google, Facebook and Twitter.

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