4 Favorite Tools for Every Home Owner

Dated: 10/25/2018

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When you’re a homeowner you soon discover that things around the house break every now and again. For some repairs a visit from a professional will be necessary. For others you’ll find that you can easily do the fixes, saving yourself from calling in the neighborhood handyman and keeping your home maintenance budget in line. Every home is well-served to have some basic tools to handle the everyday projects that present themselves to the average homeowner.  Here are some of our favorites.

Cordless Drill: A cordless drill can be like your right hand whether it’s for odds and ends around the house, or more elaborate do-it-yourself home projects. Perhaps the most versatile tool in the toolbox, a cordless drill reduces the labor necessary to complete many projects on the homeowner’s to-do list. Because they operate on rechargeable batteries, allowing the user to snap in a battery pack and enjoy instant drill without a power cord, they are popular because of their convenience and adaptability to many different types of jobs, away from an electrical outlet. Simply used as a replacement to a manual screwdriver by using a screw bit and positioning a screw on the end of the bit, it can easily be inserted into a project. Then, with a flip of a switch, it can rotate counterclockwise making it invaluable for removing screws as well as installing them.  The cordless drill can be used to drill pilot holes, used as a hole saw, installing drywall, as well as installing cabinets, drawer pulls, hinges and picture frames, shelves, hooks, or the tv stand on the wall. Its uses are varied and you’re sure to find that you’re using your cordless drill just about every month.

Drain Cleaners: While chemicals like Drano can be used to get rid of the inevitable clogs that you’ll get in the shower and bathroom sinks, they tend to be relatively expensive and the lingering chemical scent is unpleasant. As another option, get yourself some plastic drain cleaners that can be used to reach into the drain to pull out the hair and gunk.

Shop-vac: For a lot of spills and accidents, a standard vacuum or paper towels are a go-to for clean-up. For bigger messes like broken glass, pet messes, or pumping out a flooded basement, more power is needed, and a shop vac can be the answer. Some other useful tasks that a shop vac can handle? Inflating pool toys, cleaning the dryer vent, or picking up sawdust and cleaning the woodworking equipment in your workshop.

Flashlight: You’ll want something more powerful than the light on your cell phone flashlight when the power goes out or you need to go into the crawlspace. Invest in a couple of sturdy flashlights to have on hand when you need them.

Melissa Rolland is a Real Estate Salesperson and Realtor®, Accredited Home Stager, and author of the book Straight from the Kitchen Table: Every Day Real Estate. She lives in Tolland, CT along with her husband Todd, an Associate Broker and Realtor®. Together they manage the Rolland Realty Group powered by eXp Realty of CT, LLC. You can connect with them at www.RollandRealtyGroup.com or (866) 408-8059.“The statements and opinions contained in this article are solely those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the positions or opinions of EXP REALTY INTERNATIONAL, INC. or its subsidiaries or affiliates (the “Company”). The Company does not assume any responsibility for, nor does it warrant the accuracy, completeness or quality of the information provided.

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Melissa and Todd Rolland

Melissa Rolland is a real estate salesperson, accredited home stager and has been a real estate investor for over a decade, helping hundreds of homeowners buy houses, sell houses, and invest in real e....

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