It might seem that remodelling an older home should require few tools for those willing to do their own work, but there are a few necessities. A hammer is a good place to start collecting what is needed, but it is not the only tool that might come in handy. A good set of screwdrivers will also be an investment for those who want to do something other than damage older cabinets, and even a good metal scraper can come in handy.
Few people in the modern world own a level, but even those not ripping down the walls and removing carpeting might find it is a good investment. Hanging drapes and pictures is one area where a level could make the process easier. Crowbars of varying sizes are another tool that might become a necessity for those prying out stubborn carpet tack boards, and it will help when it is time to lever off the cabinets that have been in place for a century.