As an Elgin renter, you are fully aware that some house projects are best left to the professionals or Elgin property managers, while others can be done by yourself. Be on guard to avoid doing anything that could cause permanent changes or damage to the property when it comes to repairs and improvements. However, there are several more jobs, both large and small, that necessitate the use of a basic set of tools. As a result, if you’re a renter, having a set of 12 important tools in your toolbox is a good idea.
- Hammer. You might be amazed at how many uses a quality hammer has! You’ll need a hammer in your arsenal to hang pictures, put furniture together, and finish a variety of other modest projects.
- Screwdriver set. Another necessity for any renter is a solid screwdriver kit. Many screws in every home will eventually need to be tightened or removed and replaced. Select a screwdriver set with flat and Phillips head tips in different sizes.
- Cordless drill/driver. A cordless drill/driver for any renter is a great tool. It doubles as a screwdriver and can be used to drill holes for hanging artwork or shelving. Choose a cordless drill with the features and pricing that best suit your demands and budget.
- Drill bit set. Of course, no drill or driver will be entirely useful unless it is accompanied by a good set of drill bits. Get a drill bit set that includes both metal and wood drill bits in different sizes.
- Stud finder. A stud finder is an absolute must if you plan on hanging any pictures or shelving. This tool will assist you in locating the wooden studs in your walls, allowing you to drill into them without damaging any wiring. It can also help you avoid losing your security deposit by minimizing the number of wall holes you make.
- Level. When hanging photos or shelves, a level is also a useful tool. This device will assist you in hanging everything straight.
- Tape measure. For any renter, a tape measure is essential. Furniture, curtains, windows, and blinds may all be measured with it.
- Allen wrench set. A small but necessary toolbox item is an Allen wrench set. These wrenches are commonly used to assemble furniture, but they can also be used for a variety of other modest tasks. There are wrench sets that include a multi-tool that will save space and keep your toolbox organized!
- Pliers. When you need to twist or grip something, a decent set of pliers is helpful. Pliers are necessary for any home, from twisting off frozen water hoses to replacing damaged light bulbs.
- Utility knife. A utility knife can be used for so many tasks, including opening parcels and dismantling cardboard boxes as well as cutting carpets. To be safe, get a utility knife with a retractable blade.
- Glue gun. For any tenant, a glue gun is a useful item. A glue gun can be used for many tasks, including flower arrangements, repairing furniture as well as making home design items. Just be careful and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Flashlight or small utility light. When coping with power outages or other crises, a little flashlight or utility light is a real lifesaver. It might also be useful when you require light to undertake simple house maintenance and repairs.
With these essential tools in your toolbox, you will be able to perform the majority of minor repairs and maintenance work around your rental property. Just keep in mind that you should only take on work that you are familiar with and avoid making any permanent changes or causing harm to your rental property. If ever you are in doubt direct your questions or concerns to your landlord.
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