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What to Stock for First-Time Tool Buyers

For many homeowners, getting their first toolkit is a right of passage. Having tools like hammers, drills and basic painting supplies is essential to making sure homeowners can fix basic problems around their homes. Stocking the right items is an easy way to build a customer relationship with somebody just starting their home improvement journey. Here are four common items to keep on your shelves to bring customers in and keep them coming back.

Power Tool Combo Kits

Stocking combination power tool kits is a quick, cost-effective way to pique the interest of a beginner. Customers can get the basic power tools needed for home projects in one package, without having to shop around for different tools. Almost every power tool brand manufacturer offers its version of a power tool kit similar to the V20 cordless six-piece kit from Craftsman or the 18V One+ 6-tool combo kit from Ryobi.


As a new homeowner, having a ladder allows you to tackle numerous tasks, such as changing a lightbulb or installing a ceiling fan. This 6-foot step fiberglass step ladder from Werner Ladder is lightweight and provides an elevation of six feet.


Basic tools that serve multiple purposes, such as screwdrivers, are also essential for first-timers. These comfort grip screwdrivers from ULINE offer a variety of sizes, including a combination flathead and Phillips head screwdriver. Be sure to offer multiple options at various price points to appeal to all budgets.

Tool Bags

After your first-time tool buyer gets through your store with their cart full of their purchases, selling something to store their products in will be critical. Many companies sell some version of a tool bag, but something basic, and also functional, like this Gatemouth 16 Tool bag from Bucket Boss is a good option at a reasonable price.

About Jacob Musselman

Jacob is the content coordinator for Hardware Retailing Magazine. A lifelong Hoosier, Jacob earned a B.S. in journalism and telecommunications with a minor in digital publishing from Ball State University. He loves making bagels, going to farmers markets with his wife Hannah and two dogs and watching Formula One.

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