Building a Better Toolkit


While every hotel has different needs, here are some essentials that are useful in a toolkit across properties, segments, and locations.

  • Decibel meter (guestroom noise should max out at 55 dba).
650 lumen or brighter LED 
Flashlight. A headlamp option for hands-free work is also a good idea.
Non-contact voltage tester for cables, cords, circuit breakers, lighting fixtures, switches, and outlets.
Multi-directional rotational ratchet.
Mechanic gloves for hot 
surfaces and sharp edges.
  • Eye protection.
  • Utility knife.
  • Blunt and needle nose pliers.
All-in-one screwdriver, as well as a hex/Allen wrench kit.
  • Zip strips and cable ties.
18-volt or higher cordless drill/driver.
  • Caulk gun and caulk.
Furniture pen for quick 
  • Mirror de-silvering strips.
Door jambs for entry and 
bathroom doors.
Mirror/picture frame mounting kit. Nothing attached to the walls should move.
Assorted batteries for remotes, door locks, etc.
Guestroom door self-closing hinge.
An assortment of energy-efficient light bulbs consistent with the lighting in other guestrooms. Motion sensors in closets and storage rooms are best.
  • Hinge lubricant.
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Daniel A. Johnson, CHA, CHIA, is an award-winning hotelier with decades of industry experience. He currently serves as a consultant to hotel owners and developers throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.