Doing your own renovations can be a fun, character building experience for a home owner, especially a new one. You don't have to be a deck builder to accomplish many of the simpler renovations. You just need to have the right tools for the job and be willing to work hard. What are the right tools for the job? Are the tools required to install a wooden railing, such as one of these, different that what you'd need to install a glass railing, such as one of these?
We can't give you a complete list of everything you'll need to do any renovation, but we can supply you with a list of some of the more versatile home reno tools that will serve you for many projects.
You don't see many developers of real estate knocking together a whole house with hammers and hand saws, but hand tools are perfect for small projects in the home, especially if you're new to the home reno scene. Keep on hand old staples like a hammer, a hand saw, a level, a measuring tape, a set of screwdrivers (Phillips, Square, and Flathead, in small and large sizes) or a multi-head screwdriver, sandpaper, an adjustable wrench, Allen keys, some clamps, a crowbar, pliers, and a garden tools like a shovel and shears.
What kinds of renovations can you do with these tools? Almost anything. The garden tools will help do landscaping projects as well as anything that needs a foundation dug. Hammers, screwdrivers and measuring tools will help you put together any furniture, shelving units, windows, or entry ways. The crowbar is useful in taking down walls. Wrenches will help with simple plumbing jobs.
For those of you who don't have as much time for your reno projects or are a bit more experienced in tool use, you can invest in some power tools. Power tools are the means by which most homes get built and they can help you accomplish almost any project. Here are some examples of home renovation projects that you would need power tools for: building additions like a deck, a barn, a garage, or a family room, laying hardwood floors, and any major plumbing jobs.
Some power tools, like augers, jackhammers, or the welding torches used in some plumbing jobs, are far too expensive for the average condo owner to buy and should be rented from a hardware store. Others, like a circular saw, pneumatic hammer, drill, planer, or shop vac, can generally be purchased for $100 to $200 for a low end model and as such are staples in many North American homes.