Good tools make all the difference. You won't be very impressive if your screw drivers ruin the screw heads and the hammer head bends when you try to pull out a nail. We recommend that you tell your local retailer that you want good sturdy tools but you don't need industrial quality and then look at what he or she recommends.
Here is a barebones list of tools that we believe you need to take care of most issues. Since a picture tells a thousand words, descriptions really aren't necessary.