7 Must-Haves for Any Tenant’s Toolbox

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.

2.     Studfinder

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.

4.     Headlamp

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.

5.     Hammer

A small, lightweight hammer is another must-have. You can even add some whimsy to your toolbox with a hammer sporting your favorite team logo or one wearing the latest floral print.

 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.

 7.     Screwdrivers

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.


Amy Johnson

is UDR’s budding social media guru, and has been instrumental in constructing the brand’s content strategy. After graduating from University of Colorado- Boulder, she started working for UDR as a marketing intern. When she isn’t perusing the web for the perfect pins and Facebook posts, she can be found hiking somewhere with her dog Rory.

1 Comment

  • March 5, 2015

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    I find with having the right tools is always a great way to look at life! With the right tools you save time, money and frustration. Thats why I think that our Apartment app at Retenant would be a great tool for your residents! It would give them the power of your maintenance staff right in the palm of their hands, while also keeping them in touch with whats going on at all of your luxurious apartments. If your interred in the continual improvement of UDR then check out Retenant!