Buying your first home is exciting, but no matter how much you love the place, the thrill eventually fades. This usually happens when things start to break -- your water heater stops working, the kitchen sink keeps clogging up or the windows need to be replaced. Most homeowners will tell you it's likely to happen all at once.
Because it's inevitable something in your house will break, it's important to have some basic tools on hand. Whether you're a first-time homebuyer or you've just put off buying a tool box, now is the time to purchase some key items that will help you do easy repairs yourself.
What: Six-foot aluminum ladder
Why: Out of all the tools on this list, a ladder may be the one you use most. From hanging pictures to cleaning light fixtures and painting your ceiling, you'll find you need a ladder for many tasks around your house. Before you tackle anything aesthetic, put your ladder to good use by checking that your smoke alarms are working and replacing batteries or alarms