The Tool Box: 5 Things Every Man Needs to Successfully Build a New Home

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It’s a dream many have for their lives: building your own home. In building a home yourself, you have complete control over the design, landscape, décor, and everything else. It can actually even be more cost-effective than buying because you can complete the project in as little or as much time as you need to get the finances together. To begin this endeavor, you’re going to need to start out with several things in your toolbox. Here are five essentials:

1. Good Credit

You might be planning to save up and pay for things the old-fashioned way, and that’s a great idea, but there’s a lot that goes into building a new home that you might not have considered until you get the project rolling. There will probably be times that a project will end up costing more than you initially set aside. There are also some things you can’t stop in the middle of and wait to get more funds together – think roofing. This is where good credit will be essential. Go ahead and go to your bank and get the lowest interest credit card you can, so you won’t be in a lurch if things don’t go your way from time to time.

2. Nuts and Bolts

Yes, I am literally talking about nuts and bolts (and screws and nails and staples). Any building project requires good materials to ensure structure and safety, but especially a home. Different kinds of materials are essential for different areas of your home. For example, carriage bolts are ideal for wooden structures like decks and patios. You’ll need to be absolutely sure you’re using the best materials possible for your job. You don’t want to have to replace anything in the next 5-10 years.

3. Reputable Contractor and Sub-contractors

It’s definitely not a bad thing to do most of the work on your new home yourself. Not only will you love your home all the more, but you will save money doing it. However, most of us aren’t jacks of all trades when it comes to construction, and, even if you are, you would probably describe yourself as a ‘master of none.’ Therefore, you need to make sure any sub-contractors you use have a good reputation. Get references on your plumbers and electricians and be absolutely sure you are on the same page about the job.

4. Nail Gun

This is going to be your best friend. A nail gun uses air compression to secure nails into the walls. On projects that require 100+ nails, you are not going to want to waste time and energy nailing it all by hand. These can run around $200, so even though they might not be the biggest tool purchase you have to make, they will be one of the most frequently used. Do not go cheap on this tool. Get the very best one you can.

5. Generator

You’re going to be doing a lot of work on your home way before the wiring gets put in. However, many of your tools are going to require electricity. You may even be working around a schedule at your job requiring you to work at night. Since these things are the case, you’re going to need a generator to get the job done. Since you will likely need several tools with power at once as well as possibly overhead lighting, go ahead and get a pretty large one. You’re going to need it. Besides, it will definitely be an asset when a storm makes the power goes out in your new home.

These are just some main essentials you’re going to need when it comes to building a home. Your toolkit should be well stocked with most of the basic hand tools and power tools as well as plenty of more specialized equipment. In addition, you’re going to need a lot more in order than just your literal tool box. Home construction is not a simple undertaking, so make sure you are as prepared as possible.

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