As a Searcy renter, you’re undoubtedly aware that some house projects can be accomplished by yourself, while others are best left to the professionals or Searcy property managers. Always remember to avoid doing anything that could cause damage or make permanent alterations to the property when it comes to house repairs and improvements. But there are several additional jobs, both big and small, that require a basic toolkit. Therefore, having a set of 12 important tools in your collection is a good idea if you’re a renter.
- Hammer. A good quality hammer has a surprising number of applications. You’ll need a hammer in your toolkit to hang pictures, assemble furniture, and complete a variety of other modest tasks.
- Screwdriver set. A set of high-quality screwdrivers is another must for any renter. At some point, every home’s screws will need to be tightened or removed and replaced. Choose a screwdriver set with various-sized Phillips- and flat-head tips.
- Cordless drill/driver. A cordless drill/driver is an invaluable tool for any tenant. It also functions as a screwdriver and can be used to drill holes for hanging pictures or shelves. Choose a cordless drill that meets your needs and fits your budget by checking out the features and price points available.
- Drill bit set. Of course, no drill or driver is complete without a good selection of drill bits. Obtain a kit with metal and wood drill bits of several diameters.
- Stud finder. A stud finder is required if you plan to hang any pictures or shelving. This gadget will aid in the identification of wooden studs in your walls so that you can drill into them without causing damage to any wiring. It can also help you to reduce the number of holes you make in your walls and save you from losing your security deposit.
- Level. When hanging photos or shelves, another tool that will come in help is a level. This gadget will assist you in ensuring that everything is hanging straight.
- Tape measure. Any renter should have a tape measure. It can be used to measure windows, curtains, furniture, and blinds.
- Allen wrench set. An Allen wrench set is a small but necessary addition to any toolkit. These wrenches are commonly used for furniture assembly, but they can also be utilized for other minor chores. Some wrench sets include a multi-tool, which saves space and keeps your toolbox organized!
- Pliers. A decent pair of pliers is always useful, especially when gripping or twisting something. Pliers are necessary for changing broken light bulbs and undoing frozen water hoses, among other household tasks.
- Utility knife. Everything from opening goods to breaking down cardboard boxes to cutting carpet can be done with a utility knife. For maximum safety, look for a utility knife with a retractable blade.
- Glue gun. Any tenant will benefit from having a glue gun on hand. There are a variety of uses for a glue gun, ranging from mending furniture or floral arrangements to producing home decor items. Just be careful and follow the manufacturer’s directions when using it.
- Flashlight or small utility light. When dealing with power outages or other emergencies, a small flashlight or utility light is just what you need. It’s also helpful for doing basic maintenance and repairs around the house where you need to see clearly.
You’ll be prepared to deal with most minor repairs and maintenance work around your rental house if you have these basic tools in your toolbox. Just keep in mind that you should only take on tasks that you are familiar with and avoid making permanent alterations or damage to your rental property. If you have any questions or concerns, it is preferable to contact your landlord.
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