One of the perks of living in a UDR luxury apartment is our on-site maintenance. You don’t have to worry about troubleshooting a temperamental outlet or fixing a leaky faucet. All you have to do is make a phone call and we will take care of it for you. Still, there will be times when you need a few tools of your own for simple tasks. Here’s what every apartment dweller needs in their toolbox.
1. Tape Measure
Before you order that amazing armoire from Pottery Barn, make sure that it will fit through the door and won’t be too obtrusive for your living space. A tape measure is also an essential for hanging pictures.
Generally speaking, it is best to hang items on your wall only where there are studs to prevent damage to the drywall. You could walk around knocking on your walls to locate studs, but your neighbors might not appreciate that. An inexpensive studfinder allows you to quietly and quickly locate studs with the push of a button.
3. Drywall Anchors
There will be times when you want to hang a picture where there isn’t a stud. You can still do so without forfeiting your security deposit if you use drywall anchors to protect the plaster.
Whether you are hooking up a new flat-screen television or you retrieving a lost item from your p-trap, a headlamp is indispensable. Unlike a flashlight or your cellphone, a headlamp illuminates the workspace without restricting the use of your hands.
6. Utility Knife
Opening packages is a snap when you have a utility knife at your disposal. It also comes in handy when you are packing or unpacking.
A set of small screwdrivers can be used for just about anything: tightening cabinet hinges, fixing jewelry or assembling your latest find from Ikea.
A well-stocked toolbox will make apartment life even more convenient. Don’t forget to stash a pencil and a few different sizes of nails and screws in it as well. Did we miss anything? Let us know what tools you find the most useful by commenting below.