Some contractors have specialties such as flooring or roofing, and then there are the jack of all trades who do a little of everything. Whether you’re an aspiring general contractor or specialty contractor, these tools apply to all contractors. Check out this checklist of tools every general contractor needs.
These are tools that you most likely grew up seeing your dad use to fix things around the house. For example, general tools often include the following:
- Tape measure
- Hacksaw and hand saw
Like we mentioned, these are the average dad tools; however, these aren’t the only tools you’ll need. For contractors—someone who makes a living doing commercial or home projects, they’re going to need some more tools to work efficiently.
Since you want to make a living this way, these are some critical tools every general contractor needs in order to make their life easier. In addition, power tools allow you to complete work faster, ultimately making more money as you complete more jobs.
- Power drill
- Impact driver
- Nail gun
- Circular saw
If you find that you’re getting the hang of this whole contractor thing, and you’re getting more and more jobs, you can consider pneumatic tools. These tools operate with air compressors, allowing for more power with little work from you. If you’re not used to familiar with power tools, take a look at these tips for handling power tools.
On top of general and power tools, there are a few other essentials that will make your job easier and keep you safe:
- All the drill bits
- Extension Cords
- Caulk Gun
- Wide push broom
- Hearing protection
- Safety glasses
This can seem overwhelming at first, but most of these items will last you through a good portion of your career. If you opt for quality tools, it’s possible for them to last beyond your career. Whatever your goals are, these tools are essential for a successful and safe career.