18 crucial home improvement tools

Many DIYers don’t have a huge shop with dedicated space for everything they will ever need. If you want to focus on just the necessities when it comes to basic home improvement tools, this list is for you.

I had feared this day for a long time. Behind the thrill of every garage sale find or Kijiji score lingered the unsettling truth that one day I, too, would be selling my tools. After much soul-searching, my wife and I had decided to scale down our lives to fit within an apartment – the time had come to significantly downsize. My shop was being slashed from 600 to 25 square feet. With a space too small for any work save carving, my future would be limited to renovation projects. What follows is a list of my staple tools that see use on almost all my significant home renovation projects.

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