We can’t all be handymen and handywomen. While some people are naturally gifted at fixing things up and DIYing their apartment, some of us are just clueless. Still, that shouldn’t stop you from keeping on hand some basic tools, as the time for a fix will inevitably come. Thankfully, you don’t need to be a pro to use these six essential apartment renter tools.
Hang Artwork With a Hammer
When you think “tool,” this may be the first thing that comes to mind, and for good reason. It’s something worth having around, especially if you plan on hanging pictures and other artwork. But, hammers aren’t only for putting nails in walls; they can also be useful for gently nudging things back into place. Just be careful not to swing too hard!
Get Precise Dimensions With Measuring Tape
A measuring tape is a necessity if you’re going to be bringing furniture into your apartment. While you may already have the dimensions of your room, there’s no way you’re going to know if there your new bed will fit between the TV and the window. It’s time to stop using the heel-to-toe method of measurement and make a small investment in a measuring tape.
Do Versatile Work With a Screwdriver Set
If you’re going to be getting new furniture and assembling it yourself, a screwdriver set is a must. This is true even for the stuff you already own, as they experience wear-and-tear, especially furniture that you use on a daily basis. Screws loosen over time, making your precious sofa wobbly and perhaps even unsafe. Plus, a screwdriver set is sometimes needed for those new appliances and toys.
Reach High-Up Places With a Stepping Stool
While you might not associate a stepping stool with the rest of these toolbelt-friendly objects, it is indeed a helpful thing to have in your home. Whether you’re trying to get above a cupboard or you’re trying to catch a spider that’s made its home on your ceiling, a stool will help you reach what you can’t otherwise.
Solve an Embarrassing Problem With a Plunger
It’s the tool that few want to talk about but everyone should have. Keeping a plunger in your bathroom can save you – or your guests – from having to fix a mess you’d rather keep everyone from knowing. While serious issues are best left to the professionals, it’s worth giving this embarrassing fix a try yourself.
Make a Quick Fix With WD-40 & Duct Tape
OK, this is technically two tools. Have you heard the expression, “If it moves and it shouldn’t, use duct tape. If it doesn’t move and it should, use WD-40.”? While this is a light joke, there is some truth to it. If you need a quick fix, a bit of lubricating liquid or tape can do the job temporarily while you find the appropriate tools or look for help. They’re also versatile. For example, duct tape can temporarily patch over holes, remove lint, and hold in place Christmas lights. WD-40 can be used to stop squeaking hinges, remove stains from clothing, and remove the gunk left over from duct tape.
Unfortunately, you might not know exactly what tools you need until you need them! That said, these six tools will do you well, no matter your circumstances. You might not be prepared for every situation, but you’ll definitely be better off than not having any tools at all.