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What tools do you need when starting a Handyperson business?

Rhino Trade Insurance 07 June 2023

For various jobs and projects around the house or office, a handyperson needs a wide range of tools. Since a handyman or handywoman would be unable to perform even the most fundamental tasks without their tools, they are only as good as those tools they carry around in their bags! 

However, if you are new to the industry, it can be difficult to determine what tools handypeople require. Knowing how to effectively safeguard your important tools can often be challenging. The following are some necessary pieces of equipment that each handyman and woman has to keep in their toolbox:

What tools should your handyperson business have?

Simple yet effective power tools:

All handymen and women need a few basic power tools, though it's vital to avoid overspending when making your initial purchases. Today, there are specialised power tools for almost every task imaginable. This means that it's very easy to go overboard and buy speciality tools for a project only to never use them again. 

For starters, it can be best practice to start small and build up. Keeping your set small with just the essentials will suffice for initial smaller jobs. Power equipment that any handyperson business needs include:

  • Power drill with drill bit set

No doubt, on your projects, you will be drilling holes, putting equipment together and all sorts of things. As a handyperson, it is crucial to get a high-quality drill and bit set to last you through various levels of work. If you ever need anything special, there is always the option to rent any additional drills you require, including rotary hammers and hammer drills.

  • Angle Grinder

These powerful, trusty and multipurpose tools work well for cutting anything from tiles to metal. Angle grinders are perfect for demolition projects since they make removing tough and challenging units easy and simple.

  • Circular Saw

With the aid of these power tools, cutting through wood, metal, and other materials is quicker and more precise than having to use a hand-held saw on a bench. 

  • Electric Sander

Many home repair projects call for some sort of sanding, from putting in new wooden fixtures to restoring floorboards. Electric sanders speed up the sanding process and often produce a finish of superior quality. 

Trusty Hand Tools:

Even though you might believe that in this day and age, power tools are a handyman's greatest friend, the truth is that hand tools are just as crucial. Almost all construction-related industries and trades will carry with them these fundamental tools. Because of their adaptability, they are perfect for handymen and women working on a variety of jobs. 

Hand tools come in all shapes and sizes and should be included in your essential toolbox. The very minimum should include the following:

  • Hammer
  • Screwdrivers
  • Tape measure
  • Spirit level 
  • Pliers
  • Chisels
  • Spanners
  • Utility knife
  • Vice grips 
  • Allen keys. 

You also never know when you may need a certain fixture or fitting, so it helps to carry around a range of screws, nails, hooks and more. 

Other useful tools and equipment will include:


Ladders are a useful piece of equipment to carry around and may be required for a variety of handy tasks around a home or commercial property.

If you are tasked with fixing gutters, painting or replacing light fittings, you will be glad to have them on top of your van. Also, don't forget that ladders come in different sizes, so it may be beneficial for your business to own a few variations or an extendable version. 

Plumbing Tools

Although a trained plumber will be required for most plumbing work, handymen and women are frequently hired for smaller plumbing tasks. This means that you need to have a variety of fundamental plumbing gadgets, such as:

  • Pipe cutters
  • Pipe tapping tools
  • Washbasin and toilet plungers
  • Crimping tools 
  • Ratchet threaders set

Painting and Decorating tools

Despite the fact that handymen and women don't prioritise painting and decorating due to it being a specialist trade, you could be asked for the odd job every now and then on your projects. This is why it is a good idea to have a variety of basic painting tools and supplies on hand. While you don't have to bring paint with you, it's a good idea to have:

  • Various brushes
  • Rollers
  • Paint trays
  • Dungarees
  • Large cloths for covering furniture etc. 

Last, let's not forget about our safety!

Working in the trades can be dangerous, and as a handyman or woman, you can expect plenty of risks and hazards. Safety needs to come first, so be prepared for any job with the appropriate safety gear. This very minimum you should carry is: 

  • Work gloves
  • Dust masks
  • Knee pads
  • Eye protection
  • Ear Protection
  • Hardhat 

Having a good quality tool belt can help see your work run a bit smoother and also provides you with a location to temporarily put your tools while you work.

Get trade insurance for your handyman/woman business.

One of the essential components to making sure your business is protected for any eventuality is Handyperson Insurance. Whether you're fixing someone's lights, installing shelves, constructing a patio, or painting a staircase, it is essential to join the thousands of other UK handymen and women by obtaining the appropriate insurance for your business. 

Public Liability Insurance is the most common type of insurance for a handyperson. This insurance puts up an invisible wall around you and your company, protecting you from any potential losses or court fees imposed due to a claim from a third party. Should you cause damage or injury to a member of the public, or damage to their stuff, you are protected!

On top, you can add further cover options to ensure your business is ready to rock and roll. The following insurance plans are also provided by Rhino and are applicable to handymen and women:

Tradespeople can easily purchase all of our handyperson insurance policies online and receive quotations within 30 seconds. Our phone lines are accessible to our UK-based team of insurance professionals six days a week if you'd prefer to speak with a member of the Rhino team.

Why Choose Rhino Trade Insurance?

For tradespeople operating businesses of all sizes and kinds, Rhino Trade Insurance has created a number of amazing insurance products for you to purchase. Whatever your business needs, we fit the policy to suit the trade you are working in and the projects you work on. 

Why don't you give our helpful, knowledgeable team in the UK a call right away? They can help you set up whatever you need swiftly. Call them on 0116 243 7904 or use this link to access our user-friendly online quotation generator

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