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The First-Time Buyer's Survival Kit: 10 Must-Have Tools for Every New Homeowner

Hello, soon-to-be homeowners!

Your friends at the Red Door Rentals here – your go-to in southern Illinois for home and apartment rentals and those game-changing recently renovated beauties!

You've probably admired our transformative projects, where we've taken a fixer-upper and turned it into someone’s dream space.

Embarking on your home ownership journey? It's crucial to be equipped with the right First-Time Homeowner Tools. But worry not! We're here to guide you through your first home improvement endeavors. Dive into our curated list of the top 10 tools every newbie homeowner should consider adding to their DIY toolkit:

Classic Toolbox: Every home maintenance journey starts with the basics. Ensure you have a solid toolbox with essentials: hammers, screwdrivers, pliers, and a reliable measuring tape.

An open toolbox
Tool Box


Electric Drill: The powerhouse of DIY projects. From home decor enhancements like mounting shelves to essential repairs, a drill with varied bits is a must.

An electric drill
Battery / Electric Drill


High-Quality Ladder: For all your home maintenance tasks from bulb changes to attic explorations, invest in a durable, foldable ladder.

A man on a ladder
High Quality Ladder


Garden Essentials: Whether you’re dabbling in beginner gardening or just want to keep your lawn tidy, essential tools like a shovel, rake, and gloves will serve you well.

Garden Tools
Garden Tools


Painting Kit: Fresh paint can upgrade home interiors instantly. Be ready with paint rollers, brushes, trays, and painter's tape for those spontaneous makeovers.

Painting Tools
Painting Kit


Plunger & Drain Snake: Every home plumbing guide will tell you – these are non-negotiables. Prepare for unexpected blockages and keep your home running smoothly.

Plunger and Drain Snake


Level: Ensure your home decor hangs straight and proud. No more skewed frames or off-balance shelves with this handy tool.

A level and other tools


Utility Knife: A versatile tool for myriad home tasks from unboxing furnishings to DIY crafts.

A man cutting carpet
Utility Knife


Stud Finder: Essential for safe home improvements. Before drilling into walls, this gadget ensures you’re clear of wires or pipes.

A person nailing into a wall
Stud Finder


Safety Gear: Always remember, safety first in any home repair. Arm yourself with safety goggles, ear protection, and sturdy gloves.

Safety Gear


For those wondering, "Where do I start my home improvement shopping?", local hardware stores and online marketplaces are treasure troves. And if you're ever feeling overwhelmed, just remember: every DIY enthusiast began with that first project.

Home buying and setting up is an exhilarating journey. And with this essential tool guide, you're well-prepared to make your house truly a home.

At Red Door Rentals, we don’t just sell and rent homes; we create dreams. As you take on your homeowner journey, remember, we're just around the corner, ready to help, advise, and celebrate with you.

Here's to your new beginning and many happy DIY days ahead!

Warm wishes, Red Door Rentals Team 🚪❤️

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