My friend just bought his first house and doesn't have anything in the way of tools. I told him I would put together a list of tools I think he should get. Now that I've got a basic list made, I'm going to share it here for some input.
I told him he should go to garage/estate sales and pick up miscellaneous tools there, as it never hurts to have backup tools. Craigslist can also be a good source of used tools.
I didn't go into brands, but brand will be important for warranty and overall quality. As with everything, there will be brands that are way overpriced because... marketing. I don't know much about the different tool brands so if you have knowledge on what brands have good warranties or are junk, etc., please let us know.
I'm sure I missed a lot in the list. I was mainly basing it off of what I've collected over the years, and in some cases, what I wish I had. Feel free to suggest some other tools. I just realized I didn't go into yard tools at all. I'll probably add a small section for them. I should also add a section for tools to keep in your RV since Kit and I camp a lot in ours.
The idea of this is tools for the average homeowner. Someone interested in woodworking would have an expanded list, of course.
I appreciate any input.