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Tools You Need When Renting an Apartment

When you rent an apartment, there are several household projects that your property manager won't do for you – like hanging pictures and assembling furniture. Unless you hire a handyman, you'll have to do them yourself. Here are some of the most important tools you need to have in your apartment toolkit:

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  • Tape measure: Need to measure your living room for furniture, paint, or drapes? Then a sturdy, 25-foot tape measure will come in handy. For maximum convenience, make sure you get one that's metal and retractable.
  • Level: When you're hanging that favorite family photo on the wall, you don't want it to be crooked. A level will help you ensure its straight the first time.
  • Screwdriver set: A screwdriver is an absolute must-have, as you'll need it for everything from hanging shelves to putting together an end table. If you purchase an entire set with multiple heads, you'll always have the right size and type for the task at hand.
  • A cordless power drill: Using a manual screwdriver all afternoon will leave you with a sore hand, so when you have bigger jobs to do, a cordless power drill is a great alternative. Again, it's worth investing in a multi-piece kit that offers the versatility you need to complete a range of different DIY projects.
  • Adjustable wrench: A tool you might not think about until you need it, an adjustable wrench can be useful when unclogging or repairing a sink, and even when putting together furniture.
  • Utility knife: Opening moving boxes and furniture packaging, cutting decals for your backsplash, and removing excess caulk are all jobs that are made easier with a good utility knife and razor blades.
  • Hammer: A light hammer will definitely come in handy for everything from hanging pictures and mirrors to assembling floating shelves.

In addition to these essential tools, you can also add needle-nose pliers, safety glasses, duct tape, and wood glue to your toolbox. Just remember that when you move out, you need to leave the unit in as good a condition as it was when you moved in to avoid losing your deposit.

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