With the holidays approaching, I want to share some gift ideas that will not only make the Fix-It member of your home happy, but will also help you complete your ongoing home maintenance projects with ease—and perhaps, even fun!
When it comes to tools I can be very picky about some types. My wife gives me a hard time as I routinely peruse the Harbor Freight ads and clip their 20% off coupon. Often, they have great deals that no one else can match. Harbor Freight is great for household tools or a tool that is infrequently used.
For my construction tools, I go with the more heavy-duty, well-known brands. To purchase these, my favorite purveyors are Home Depot and Amazon. Lowes does not always carry the brands I prefer. When buying more expensive tools I always start with an online search of the above vendors. If you don’t need the tool immediately Amazon can have some fantastic deals—especially via “Amazon Warehouse Deals.”
If you are contemplating buying tools as a Christmas present or as a stocking stuffer, check out Home Depot and Lowes on Black Friday. They are rarely busy, and they have some fantastic buys. When buying tools as a gift, do a little sleuthing before making your purchase. If the person you are buying for already has numerous tools check to see what brand they seem to prefer and the intended purpose which can make a big difference when buying a tool.
When stocking someone’s toolbox or replacing a number of older pieces, look for package deals which let you buy several tools at once. You might spend up to 30 percent less compared to buying each tool individually. Package deals seem to be more prevalent during the holidays. Combos can be an especially good deal in the era of cordless tools. You can buy several tools, but you only need to purchase a single battery and charger, which is less expensive than buying a battery and charger for each one.
Lastly, retailers' websites can offer unique promotions, such as different tool combinations and discounts from what's listed in-store simply because they can't fit everything in a store. Many times, the shipping is free especially if sent directly to the store.
Here are my favorite places to shop:
Online distributors (e.g. Amazon.com, Harry Epstein Co.)
Big Box Retailers (e.g. Home Depot, Lowes, Sears)
Industrial Suppliers (e.g. Enco, McMaster Carr, MSC)
Woodworking Shops (e.g. Lee Valley, Rockler, Woodcraft)
As always, if you have questions about home inspections, maintenance, repairs, remodeling or tools, feel free to give me a call.
20+ years of residential experience.