At some point in time, there will be things that require minor repair, fixing or furniture assembly which you can do-it-yourself at home. Hence, every home should put together a toolbox with basic DIY tools.
Small DIY home projects are not as complicated as they seem if you understand the functionality of each tool and know how and when to use it.
As a newbie in home DIY, the collection in my toolbox is slowly growing but here is a list of tools which I found to be very useful and frequently used.
A roll-up metal strip measuring tape is handy to carry around for measuring the length of an area or furniture size. The flexible tape makes it easy to measure curves and corners.
Need to pound a nail on the wall to hang a picture or artwork for display? or extract a misaligned nail? Then claw hammer is an ideal choice for this purpose and most of general household use.
Philips and flathead screwdrivers are some of the popular ones but I would recommend buying a multi-bit ratcheting screwdriver with magnetic bit holder to secure changeover of bits. A set usually includes several pieces of bits in different sizes and types to suit various DIY jobs.
An adjustable wrench or better known as spanner is more versatile and flexible than a fixed jaw spanner. The sliding jaw can fit fasteners, nuts and bolts of many sizes, making it useful for minor repair at home such as fixing a pipe leak. It's worth investing on a good quality adjustable wrench which can last a long time.
Allen keys or hex keys come in various sizes and usually shaped in 'L'. Since they are cheap to manufacture, hex keys are often included along with the products which require assembly work by end-users. For example, many of IKEA self-assembly products have the tool in specific size included for customer's convenience. Then again, just in case if you've misplace the keys, it's helpful to have a set of hex keys in your tool box when needed.