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Renting Advice   |   Jun 30, 2014

Renting your house? These 14 essential tools will come in handy

So, you’ve just moved in to your new place and you want to kit your toolbox out, just in case. What do you need? Here is an essential tool kit guide for arming yourself with the essentials when renting your house.

If you're renting your house or apartment, always ask before you do any kind of maintenance work. In many cases, you'll be allowed to put some pictures on the walls and fix minor problems but always get a written list in the form of a letter or e-mail that outlines what you are and aren’t allowed to do. This way, you have proof in case your deposit is called into question.

Renting a new place? Don't forget to pack these 14 essential tools:

Mobile phone

In case you don’t have tools, in order to call someone who does (and knows how to use them).

Hammer

A useful tool to have around the house, especially when you need to use…

Nails

A variety of different sizes for hanging pictures and shelves and any other little bits and pieces.

Spirit level

For when you’re hanging up those bits and pieces. You don’t want everything rolling off your shelves if you misjudge the angles. If you have a smart phone or device, there are some very handy apps you can download which turn your phone into a temporary spirit level. Try iHandy Level, free with Android and iOS.

Tape measure

Useful for a variety of things: accuracy is key and should not be underestimated!

Super glue

A failsafe of DIY, there are not many things you can’t fix/cover up with super glue! Just remember that a little glue goes a long way and it’s much easier to stick your fingers together than you may imagine.

String

Temporary fixings, handles, bindings, packages, dog leads etc. You name it; string can wrap it up.

Spanners/Wrench

There are lots of different types of spanner but mainly you’re (hopefully) just going to need something to tighten or loosen any nuts and bolts. The most common ‘open ended spanner’ should do the job.

Screwdriver

A set of screwdrivers of different sizes will no doubt come in handy. Don’t be that person who has butter on every screw in their home…butter knives should stay firmly in the kitchen!

Batteries

Batteries are an essential bit of kit to keep in the toolbox/man drawer of your house. Keep a supply in various sizes or even better; invest in a battery charger and some rechargeable batteries. It could save you money in the long term and it’s less harm for the environment!

Torch

For power cuts and any late night soiree’s into the darkness to fix fuses. Don’t get caught having to peer into the depths of the cupboard under your kitchen basin without one at hand. This reminds us…

Fuses

Keep a set of fuses in your toolbox. To change a fuse you will also need…

 

  • Electrical flat-bladed screwdriver
  • A pack of variously-rated fuse wires
  • A pair of wire cutters or pliers or snips

Pliers

There are hundreds of uses for pliers, such as pulling things out of places you don’t want them anymore or holding things still and securing objects that you don’t want to touch (sharp wires or electrical components).

Scissors

A more industrial version than the every day variety, we’re not talking nail scissors here. We are talking about rubber handled heavy-duty things that can be used for anything from cutting wrapping paper at Christmas, to trimming small twigs on bushes.

And there you have our essential renting your house, amateur tool kit guide!

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