Five Things Every Renter Should Know How to Do

453535353453543You might not own a home, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some home skills. As an apartment renter, you still have responsibilities for your apartment unit — and there are things you can do to not only repair your new place, but keep it up so you get that security deposit back.

Changing Out a Showerhead

Do you know how to change out a showerhead? If not, head to your local home improvement store and flag someone down to show you how. They’re fairly simple to replace and could save you a lot of hassle from having to ask your manager for a new one. Plus if you want a nicer showerhead, you can always replace the garden variety one your manager gave you and then put it back when you’re ready to move out.

Plunge a Toilet

You can’t call your apartment manager every time you have a stopped up toilet. You should at least know how to plunge a toilet. That also means you need to buy a plunger for your apartment. If you don’t know how to use one, there are plenty of tutorials online that will show you how.

The same goes for the drains. If you don’t know how to unclog a drain, go to the store, buy some drain cleaner and read the label — you might want to have a bottle on hand just in case.


Cooking is part of the apartment lifestyle. Unless you plan to eat out for every single meal, you need to have some basic cooking skills. There are plenty of online tutorials these days for easy cooking. If you are helpless there are crockpot meals out there that literally require you to dump the ingredients in, walk away and it will do the work.

Use a Fire Extinguisher

Your apartment should have a fire extinguisher — if not, that might be a safety code violation. But, if you don’t know how to use it, what is the point of getting on your manager’s case about having one on the property. Also, if you are just learning how to cook, it might be a good idea to know how to operate one just in case your food gets away from you — it does happen.

Using Basic Tools

There are three basic tools everyone should know how to use: a hammer, screwdriver and pair of pliers. Not only should you know how to use them, but you should have one of each in your apartment — whether to put together furniture, hang a picture or fix that leaky faucet your manager has yet to get to.

May 2014