Low Cost, Essential Home Improvement Tools for DIYers

Here’s a list of the minimum tools I think a DIYer would need. To keep costs low, I chose tools that had good reviews but were not necessarily brand name.

Power Tools

Since it’s cheaper to buy a bundle, I picked this bundle of 12 tools. Not all are essential like the brad nailer but since you can save $259 with this bundle, it doesn’t matter. Also, Ryobi has the most battery-powered tools which is a big plus.

Ryobi ONE+ 18V Cordless 12-Tool Combo Kit with (3) Batteries, Charger, and 300-Piece Drill and Drive Kit


Bulldog Xtreme 8 Amp 1 in. Corded Variable Speed SDS-Plus Concrete/Masonry Rotary Hammer Drill


You can get a cheaper refurbished one at cpooutlets.com.

Hitting Tools


Knee Pads


Showa Atlas 660 – 10/XL blue gloves



Drill / Driver Accessories


Drywall Tools


Cutting Tools

Measurement & Marking Tools





#8 Phillips Bugle-Head Construction Screw (1 lb./Pack)

1-1/4″, 1-5/8″, 2″, 3″



Gardner Bender 3/8 One Hole Plastic Cable Clamp (18-Pack)

1/4″, 3/8″, 1/2″, 3/4″


Tool Boxes

The Husky organizer above is good but the latches can easily open on their own possibly causing everything to fall out. A better but much more expensive option would be to buy one or two of the Milwaukee organizers below.