4 Essential home improvement tools you need (but can buy cheaply!)

If you've got a fixer upper home like me, you'll inevitably have to invest in some tools to complete your DIY tasks. But it doesn't have to be expensive to stock up on the tools you need. Plus, if you get the equipment to do most home improvement tasks yourself, it means that you won't be spending too much on labour costs of getting a pro in.

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If you’ve got a fixer upper home like me, you’ll inevitably have to invest in some tools to complete your DIY tasks. But it doesn’t have to be expensive to stock up on the tools you need. Plus, if you get the equipment to do most home improvement tasks yourself, it means that you won’t be spending too much on labour costs of getting a pro in.

See, it’s one of those rare occasions where I recommend spending money in order to save money. And once you know what tasks you’ll be doing, it’s easy to learn more about which tools are best for the job by doing a simple research online. Here are 4 home improvement tools you might need, but that don’t cost too much:

1. HI-SPEC TOOL KIT

You’ll no doubt need a multitude of hand tools to carry out your home improvements so invest in a pre-made tool kit. A multi-piece kit can be a relatively inexpensive way to get hold of the tools you need, especially in comparison to buying each item individually. Kits should come with a hammer, precision screwdrivers, combination pliers, and a variety of bits, keys and fixings. You should therefore have the right tool at hand for most DIY tasks that you want to undertake.

2. ANGLE GRINDER

This is a multi-purpose home improvement tool, which can used for grinding down masonry or metal. If fitted with a diamond cutting blade, it’ll be strong to cut through any ceramic tile or stone, too. If you need an occasional grinder for your home improvement tasks, a £30 to £50 grinder can work fine for most tasks. You can buy these affordable grinders at most DIY stores or even on Amazon.

3. A CORDLESS DRILL

Choose a multi-purpose hammer drill and screwdriver tool for all your drilling-and-installing needs. Whether you want to drill into a wall or through a tile, as long as you have the right drill bit for the job (masonry or ceramic, for example) this tool is all you’ll ever need to get the job done. I got a rechargeable drill with an extra battery when it was reduced in the summer sale, so keep an eye out for deals and snap up power tools when you see them on offer. We’ve used this drill countless times over the past two years of fixing up our home and would have come unstuck on most DIY tasks without it.

4. HIGH TENSION HACKSAW

This is yet another hardy home improvement tool that you can use for more thank just cutting wood – it’s also great for slicing through metal (if you’re doing any pipework), plasterboard and insulation. In fact, any hand saw will come in handy when you just need to cut something down to size and you can get a decent one from the hardware store for under £10.

One more thing that I’d be lost without is… a spirit level, haha! What else would you add to your home improvement tool kit? I’d love to hear your suggestions in the comments below 🙂



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Cassie Fairy

Cassie Fairy

Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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