What’s in a basic housing maintenance toolkit?

The role of a residential housing or property manager can be extremely varied. One day you can be showing prospective tenants around, the next you can be dealing with local authorities and utility suppliers. You may also need to have some fundamental skills when it comes to maintenance and repairs. With a basic toolkit and the right knowledge, you should be able to tackle the simpler tasks that don’t require calling in a professional. What should you have in your basic maintenance toolkit?

Claw hammer and nails

Every basic toolbox should contain a hammer. Whether you’re pulling out old nails or driving new ones in, the claw hammer is a versatile tool that can be used all around property.

Screwdrivers and screws

Another fundamental tool to have on hand is a screwdriver. A whole set will give you the ability to tackle a wide range of tasks around the premises, including opening electrical units and tightening loose fixtures and fittings.

Adjustable wrench/spanner

An adjustable wrench will give you the capability to take on some basic plumbing issues such as blocked pipes and leaky taps. Elsewhere, the tool can help to loosen and tighten nuts, bolts and bars.

Cordless drill

If you need some more torque and power, a cordless drill will make your role a little easier. You can keep it on charge whilst not needed and then it is ready whenever you require it.

Personal protection

Whilst tools are important for completing most maintenance tasks, doing so safely relies upon you having the correct personal protective equipment. Protecting your eyes, face, feet and other regions is critical to mitigate the risk of serious injury. Safety goggles should be worn when dealing with flying particles or objects, and respirators or dust masks should be worn when around hazardous materials and large volumes of dust. Protective footwear is always a good idea when doing any sort of maintenance work.

Other tools and items

To complete your basic maintenance toolkit, you may need additions such as a utility knife, pliers, spirit level and a tape measure. Other items like duct tape may come in handy when making quick or temporary repairs.


With these basic tools to hand and a little knowledge, you should be able to complete a range of basic maintenance tasks around your residential properties. Any more serious or hazardous problems should still be tackled by a professional to avoid any damage to tenants or residents.