Renovation projects: A basic guide for tools needed

by L. Kay Lehmer 02/05/2024

Person using a power tool

Tools for building and home improvement projects are a must-have. You may work in a field on construction sites or enjoy DIY projects at home, but if there’s one thing you know for sure, it’s that tools are a homeowner requirement. 

Safety equipment & recommendations

Safety is always a primary component when building or improving on anything. For example, before you start a new project, make sure you have a firm grasp of the tools, surfaces and best practices. Even something as small as a utility knife can be dangerous when mishandled. 

Be sure to wear protective gear, too. Safety glasses are among the top pieces of protection to keep, especially when working with fine particles and power tools. Cut gloves and aprons designed to withstand heat and potential debris should also be part of your arsenal.

If you plan to do any wood working or work with circular saws, dust-producing cordless tools or anything else capable of generating fine particles, you may want to consider wearing a mask. Fumes and chemicals may also require a mask, though these are often referred to as respirators.

For work involving electrical tools, plumbing systems, HVAC maintenance or any other in-depth foundational system, it’s best to give a professional a call if you don’t have the training and understanding needed to maintain and enhance these systems. 

Be ready for outdoor projects

Outdoor projects are a bit heftier in what they require, since many of the materials used are heftier or in a different class than those used for internal projects. Most outdoor projects require those materials to either be weather-resistant or treatable to become weather-resistant.

Make sure you have the space for concrete surfaces when dealing with hefty power tools such as lawnmowers, concrete mixers, jackhammers, electrical saws or any other tool designed to manipulate dense material.

Also consider outdoor storage for projects too large to be stored in your home. For example, if you’re building a mantle for your fireplace, but have no room in your garage, an outdoor shed or temporary popup can protect your work against the elements and keep the clutter to a minimum.

Having the right basic construction tools can lead to success with your next remodeling job. Keeping these tips in mind will help you start those projects off right. And, as always, if you have any questions while gathering your materials, ask anyone at your local home improvement store for a bit of guidance, especially when searching for a particular tool or tool set.

About the Author

L. Kay Lehmer

I have been in the real estate industry for over 20 years!  I started working with some of the top builders in Tampa and then decided to pursue my general real estate license.  I love working with people and helping them find the home of their dreams.  The TampaBay Metro area(Tampa, St Petersburg, Clearwater...)is a great City and has grown unbelievably in the past 25+years.  I have extensive knowledge that I can share for those coming to the Florida area or those who want to move up or downsize or have to leave our great state.  I make it my goal to work for you to find the right home, whether it be upsizing or downsizing, I will find the best location for you! From the beaches to golf course to the city or country, I can find the perfect home for you!  When you call my phone, you get ME! You are not handed off, if I don't know the answer to a question, I will find out and get back to you!  I Work FOR YOU!!