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By Alyssa Winters, blogger and writer
When you move into your first apartment, you’re suddenly on your own. There are so many things you must take care of by yourself. With all these new responsibilities and chores, you may be wondering: how can I make them easier?
Once you start living away from the world of dorms and work orders, calling the maintenance man is not always the most cost effective thing to do. You’ll want to know you have what you need to fix the issue yourself.
Having the right tools to get the job done will save you time and money when doing repairs and fixing common home problems. Here are five must-have tools that are essential to make your new life easier.
1. A Reciprocating Saw
This is type of saw functions by forcing its blade back and forth in a push-and-pull motion very rapidly. That can save you a lot of elbow grease!
A reciprocating saw is useful in cutting wood and other hard materials that are softer than the blade. It has an engine or electric motor that generally requires low power input.
This tool can also be adapted with accessories to perform other arduous tasks, like removing nails from a delicate wood surface or even removing chips of wood quickly and efficiently!
2. A Swiss Army Knife
A Swiss army knife includes a variety of items that may save you from roaming around your house every time you need a specific tool. They are convenient, small, and portable, and in most cases fit right in your pocket!
Typical elements of a Swiss army knife include a large, main knife tool, smaller knives, and even ice picks. It must be noted, however, that the presentation is not universal. There are Swiss army knives that come with a spoon, a fork, a bread knife and even a magnifying glass!
Before buying your Swiss army knife, check to be sure that the tools you use the most are included.
3. A Flashlight
Perhaps the most crucial tool of all is a simple flashlight.
Even if you don’t have a basement in your apartment, when a lightbulb or the power goes out, you want to be prepared.
Prices for flashlights range from expensive to super cheap, but whichever you choose, make sure its filled with working batteries!
4. Duct Tape
Having at least one roll of duct tape can save you a lot of trouble in many situations. From package assembly to temporary fixes for leaks and (you guessed it) air ducts, duct tape is one of the most used tools in many households.
Duct tape is easy to use, very strong, and can be used almost for everything, so be sure to pick some up next time you head to the hardware store.
You may not think you need a hammer for your first apartment, but when it comes to getting the job done, having this tool is vital.
Hammers can be made from different materials and used for different tasks, from hanging pictures to fixing your bed frame.
Some hammers have a tool on the opposite side to do similar work, or even to take nails back out.
Be sure the surface of your hammer is adequate for the surface you are going to hit before you buy it: there are different hammers for work with wood versus walls or other surfaces.
Where to Place These Tools
Having a new place gives you the chance to have all your tools in a convenient place that is easily accessible, but the ideal spot is somewhere high that cannot be reached easily by children.
All in all, just make sure you know where you can find them when you need them. I hope these tools will make your life a lot easier in your new home!
Alyssa Winters is blogger and writer at topreveal.com. She has a passion for writing articles on health care, household, seasonal crafts, food cooking, and home appliances. As a mom consumer advocate, she has years of experience testing equipment and recipes.