1. Wet-Dry Vacuum
Look for a wet-dry vacuum that can handle everything from paint to nails and small stones. The vacuum is a great item for cleaning the garage, basement and attic. You will want to take it with you if and when you move.
2. (The Right)Fire Extiguisher
Before going out to buy a fire extinguisher, check out the U.S. Fire Administrator's guide. There are 5 different types of fire extinguishers with different uses, from extiguishing cooking oils to wood and paper. Be sure to pick the right one for your home.
3. Extension Cord Organizer
Home ownership seems to breed extension cords that grow into a tangled nest. Save yourself time and hassle and splurge on one of several cord management devices. You also can consider making your own with pegboard, hooks, and velcro straps to keep each cord loop secure. Be sure to include a heavy-duty extension cord that is outdoor-worthy.
4. Big-Kid Tools
You probably already own many of the basics such as: drill, screwdriver, utility knife, wrench, hammer, pliers and a tape measure. What you might not have, but should are:
- Stud Finder
- Hand Saw
- Ratchet Set
- Pry Bar
5. Tool Kit
You will need something to carry all those tools from project to project. Create a tool carrier using a tool bucket liner and an old 5 gallon bucket. You might want to invest in a handyman belt filled with the basics to keep on hand in the kitchen
You certainly don't want to keep a flashlight in your mouth when working on a project. A head lamp will allow you to be hands free or "mouth free." There a so many homeowner tasks that require both hands.
7. Emergency Kit
FEMA has a great list of supplies you should have in an emergency kit. They include, Cash, Food, Water, Infant Formula, Diapers, Medication, Flashlight, Matches, Sleeping Bag and a change of clothes
- How high you need to go
- Where you will use it
- How heavy duty is it
If you need an extension ladder, school yourself on safety tips. If it is a step ladder you will be using make certain all 4 legs are flat on the floor. For heavy duty chores, check the ladder's duty rating so you know how much weight you can put on it.
Don't forget to purchase an escape ladder. The Red Cross recommends them for sleeping areas in multi-story homes.
If you are a 1st time homeowner, you might want to familiarize yourself about DIY projects by viewing them on YouTube. By doing that, you can master (almost) all DIY projects.