The Renter's Toolkit: 15 Must Have Essentials

During the first year of living in my first 'real' apartment, my now-husband's family asked what they could get me for my birthday. I responded by asking for a power drill. While I think they thought it was a strange request, they obliged, and ten years later it's still one of my most used tools. Just because you don't own your home doesn't mean you shouldn't have your own toolkit for repairs and improvement.

Here a list of what got us through several years of renting without fail, doesn't take up much space, and now gets plenty of use with us in our first home:

1. Power Drill
2. Screw Driver Set
3. Hammer
4. Duct Tape
5. Tape Measure
6. Wire
7. Extension Cords / Power Strip
8. Utility Knife
9. Flashlight
10. Step Stool (or ladder)
11. Allen Wrenches
12. Pliers
13. Level
14. Scissors
15. Assortment of fasteners, hooks, hanging strips and reusable poster tack

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(Images: Jonas Damon)

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