- Set of screw drivers (you don't need a 32 piece set...just buy a small, medium, and large version of both flat and Phillips head screwdrivers).
- Breaker bar (also known as a pry bar)
- Set of wrenches/pliers (needle nose pliers, crescent wrench, slotted pliers, etc)
- Drill and set of drill bits
- Utility knife
- Measuring tape
The three basic rules of tool ownership:
#1 Buy only the tools you need and actually use
#2 Buy quality tools not crap from the dollar store
#3 Build up your tool collection slowly. If you are 20 years old and think you should have a workshop that rivals your grandfather's, don't. Tools are usually collected over many years in just the way described above. You start with the basics, then decide to clean your gutters (add 25' ladder to your collection), the next year you plant a garden (add hoe and shovel), in a couple of years your garden now takes up an acre (add rototiller). You get the idea.