4 essential items homeowners should have in their toolboxes


You probably have a small collection of tools like screwdrivers and hammers that you use to make repairs around your home. However, there are a number of other items that you should also have in your toolbox if you want to keep your home in top shape. Think about investing in these four products – if you haven't already – so you'll be prepared for whatever home maintenance tasks you need to tackle.

1. Cordless drill
There are certain jobs that a handheld screwdriver won't be strong enough for, so all homeowners should have a cordless drill in their arsenal. The Home Depot explained that wireless electric drills make quick work of your home projects. Look for a high-quality drill next time you're at a home improvement store, and don't forget to pick up a set of drill bits to go with it.

2. Level
Even if you have a good eye when it comes to hanging pictures, it's beneficial to have a level somewhere in your home. You'll probably be able to find an inexpensive analog model with a floating bubble that suits your needs just fine. This tool will help you to ensure that your appliances are installed on level ground and shelves are perfectly straight.

3. Flashlight
Most people have a flashlight app on their cell phones, but you should also have a reliable handheld flashlight stored in your toolbox. If you ever lose power or have to search through your damp basement, it's essential to have a flashlight on hand. You may want to purchase a few and store them in easy-to-access spots around your home.

4. TotalProtect Home Warranty
While you won't store this item in your actual toolbox, a TotalProtect® Home Warranty is another must-have. With TotalProtect, eligible appliances and systems will be covered against unexpected breakdowns. This can save you a lot of money on repair or replacement costs, especially on big-ticket items. Whether you're a first-time homeowner or a seasoned veteran, make sure to add a home warranty to your home protection plan

Do these simple tasks regularly and you’ll improve your refrigerator’s energy efficiency — and increase its lifespan. It’s a good idea to also check your fridge’s owner’s manual to see what other maintenance tasks the manufacturer recommends. Refrigerator maintenance is easy. You don’t need to be an appliance repairman to do it, and doing it means you might not ever have to call on one.

The information in this article is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.