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The Essential Handyman Tools List

The right handyman tools help you handle anything the day throws your way.

People will always demand handyman services to tackle minor problems or projects in their home or place of business. To answer the call, you must properly equip yourself and your team. Without the right tools in your bag, you may have to turn down jobs or return to HQ to restock. This costs you time and money. To stay prepared, outfit yourself with the tools on this list.

Essential Tools Every Handyman Needs

  • Claw Hammer
  • Tape Measure
  • Level
  • Utility Knife
  • Cordless Power Tool Set
  • Shop Vac
  • Screwdrivers
  • Wire Stripper Pliers
  • Gloves
  • Smart Service Handyman Software

Claw Hammer

No handyman tool bag is complete without a high quality hammer. The claw hammer works perfectly for both demolition and construction. Although wooden handles look sharp, you may want to choose a hammer with a more durable fiberglass handle.

Tape Measure

Wearing a tape measure completes the handyman look, and rightfully so; every handyman project will require one. A high quality, 25 foot tape measure should suffice for most jobs. A cheap and flimsy tape measure will be hard to control and may even break while on the job. Make sure you get a reliable tape measure before you get started. 


There are four types of levels: traditional, carpenter, laser, and smartphone applications. Neither traditional levels nor smart applications offer great precision, so most handyman tool kits should contain a carpenter or laser level instead. These will give accurate and reliable feedback for both horizontal and vertical readings. 

Utility Knife

Most handyman projects will require a utility knife at some point. Find a knife versatile enough to cut, score, poke, pick, or mark. A reliable utility knife will basically live in your pocket. 

Cordless Power Tool Set

Buying power tools in a set makes sense, because this allows you to use the same battery pack(s) for all your tools. Most power tool sets include:

  • Impact Driver
  • Drill Driver
  • Circular Saw
  • Recipro Saw
  • Flashlight
  • Charging Kit

Each of these tools performs an essential role: stripping, drilling, cutting, and building. Get a set with a big bag to help keep everything organized. 

Shop Vac

Even if your cordless power tool set includes a vacuum, you should still consider investing in a shop vac. Handyman projects can get messy, and most get real messy! Having a shop vac nearby helps keep your workspace clean. Leaving a clean workspace goes a long way to keeping customers happy and anxious for more. 


You’ll need a few reliable screwdrivers or a screw driver set. Screw drivers of varying lengths and sizes help you tackle even the most difficult or specialized projects. Upgrading to magnetic screwdrivers can save you from losing screws, and again, will keep the workspace looking sharp. 

Wire Stripper Pliers

If you are planning to do any electrical work as a handyman, a good set of wire stripper piers is a must. Even if you don’t set out with that intention, having wire stripper pliers will help you stay safe if some electrical work does come up. Having different sized pliers will allow for cutting, stripping, and gripping on any project.

Adjustable Wrench

An adjustable wrench can fit varying sizes of nuts and bolts. Having a few different sizes makes you even more versatile. A 6-inch, 10-inch, and 15-inch wrench can tackle nearly every handyman project. 


If you do handyman work, you will end up using your hands a lot. Make sure you keep them protected with durable gloves. A nice pair of leather or latex gloves can provide the protection you need without losing any grip strength. 

Smart Service Handyman Software

For the handyman who wants to take their operations to the next level, Smart Service handyman software will become an absolute necessity. The Smart Service app gives you and your fellow workers schedules, access to contact information, equipment details, service histories, and more, right on your phone or tablet. This allows you to manage your entire operation no matter where the day takes you. Smart Service has greatly improved communication, efficiency, and effectiveness of handyman companies all over the world, ultimately driving up revenue and allowing them to take on more projects. Click here to request a free demo of the award-winning handyman software Smart Service.

Prepare your handyman team for success.

The right tools will prepare your handyman team for success. Equally important? Keeping your handyman operations organized. This becomes increasingly vital as you take on more projects and hire more workers. Request a free demo of Smart Service to see how the comprehensive handyman software solution can position your team for major growth!