This article guides you well on both furnishing and home appliances for your home in Tbilisi, Georgia. It also considers the things you might not need to get during the first days of moving in. In the following, you can see tables and checklists for you to have a general idea of what to expect for your new home. Whether it is a house you just purchased or it is only a rented property, it is always hard to concentrate during the days you are moving in. This article can perfectly help you get the necessary items and leave the rest for a later time.
Imagine you are in your new home in Tbilisi. You’ve decided to furnish it according to your tight budget. What pieces of furniture do you need to make a comfortable house? Before anything, you need a checklist, which contains everything you need for a suitable apartment/house. With this comprehensive list in hand, you’ll be sure to have everything you need before to move in.
It is important at what stage you purchased you purchased, or rented, your house in Tbilisi. We assume it is a green frame property and all it lacks is the furniture. Here are the important pieces you need to buy before moving in:
A mattress should be one of the first items you buy after signing your apartment lease/purchase contract. That’s why it’s #1 on our first apartment checklist. Yes, you would be fine sleeping on the floor, but life gets crazy busy, and that first night on the floor could easily turn into a month before you find the time to purchase a mattress. Before you move, don’t forget to also buy a mattress topper (to get more relaxed), new pillows, and any other bedding that will make your place feel like home.
Cleaning supplies are essential to any first apartment checklist. As you move in, you may find spots the previous tenants or the building developer overlooked. Make sure your cleaning supplies are in easy reach so that you can scrub those spots before the messiness of unpacking begins.
- A mop with both dry and wet pads and a vacuum cleaner
- Multi-surface cleaning spray, paper towels, and trash bags
- Multi-surface cleaning wipes
- Laundry detergent, dryer sheets, and stain remover
- Toilet scrubber and toilet bowl cleaning solution
- Dish/dishwasher soap and sponges
- Air freshening and disinfectant spray
3. A few kitchen essentials
You could stick with paper/plastic plates and cups until you buy a full dish set, but we recommend going ahead and purchasing a few of these items before you move in. Not using paper/plastic plates is also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint. That way, if it takes you a few weeks to pick out kitchenware you love, you’ll at least have the essentials on hand.
- Water glasses and mugs
- Plates, cereal bowl, and utensils
- Frying pan, pots, and cookie sheet
- Toaster, microwave, blender, or toaster oven
- Sandwich bags and one or two food storage containers
- Spatula and any other cooking utensil you think you’ll need
- Spoons, forks and plates.
The prices thoroughly depend on the material of your choice. You can purchase them from many shopping centers and malls in Tbilisi, e.g. Carrefour, Nikora, Spar, etc. However, the cheapest and one of the oldest open markets in Tbilisi is Wagzali Market, near the main Tbilisi’s train station.
Here, we go room by room to give you a list of furniture items you need to buy for your new house in Tbilisi:
|Clip-lock plastic boxes||Cooking pots|
|Set of pans||Sharp knives|
|Silicon heat resistant gloves||Glass bowls|
|Cutting tray||Rubber Gloves|
|Washing brush||Wooden spoons|
It’s time to give your cooking game some serious upgrade, too. It’s time to move on from instant microwave noodles and takeout and truly break in that new kitchen. Houses in Tbilisi have both gas and electric cookers (and sometimes even both). Oven and dishwashers are not very common among houses, but anyway, you need to start cooking.
Living Room checklist
|Sofa/ armchairs||TV and TV stand|
The living room is where you entertain, relax, read, maybe watch TV, but it is the most ‘public’ space in your home and sure, you can count on the sofa, the coffee table, and a few additional seating options. Furthermore, the room needs to be personalized through decorative touches, not as personalized as your bedroom of course. Make sure to activate your internet before you completely move in.
|Comfy chairs||Desk/ vanity|
|Coat rack/ dresser||Alarm clock|
|Laundry hamper||Pillow cases /mattress|
Out of every space in a home, your bedroom is without a doubt the most personal. Even though it’s an area many of your guests may never actually see, it still deserves a great deal of attention. It’s where you recharge, reflect on the day, and even spend time reading a book, so it only makes sense for it to feature the right color palette and furnishings. And let’s not forget that it also has to showcase your design style accurately and complement the overall aesthetic that’s reflected in other areas of your home.
|Shower curtain||Enough shower rings|
|Shower liner||Towels (hand towels, bath towels)|
|Soap (hand soap and bathing soap)||Bath mat|
|Toothbrush holder||Toilet brush|
|Toilet plunger||Toiletries (shampoo, conditioner, soap, shaving cream, razor, etc.)|
|Air freshener||Over the door towel hook (if preferred)|
|Mini garbage can||Garbage can liners|
Although your bathroom might be the smallest room in your apartment, you’ll need a good number of supplies to make the best of it. Basic ranging from toilet paper to towels don’t just magically come with your apartment. It may even fall upon you to furnish your bathroom. The washing machine is usually located in the bathroom. You can use the top of it for a temporary place to put some of your bathroom items there.
Unfortunately, accidents do happen when moving in/out. Whether you trip down stairs and sprain an ankle, or cut a finger opening boxes, you’re going to want a first-aid kit in an easy-to-access spot. Here are a few items to include:
- Ace bandages
- Anti-inflammatory such as Advil
- Band Aids and antibiotic ointment
- Gauze pads and antiseptic wipes
- Cold medicine and cough drops
- Cold pack and muscle pain relief ointment
If you need to have one in your apartment in Tbilisi you should know that the price of each costs between 20 to 45 USD.
It may appear unimportant, but it’s not. Unless you want to ruin your brand-new apartment floors, it’s a good idea to get a shower curtain before moving. After a long day of moving, you’re going to be dying for a hot shower. Pack your toiletry items with the other items in this section of your first apartment checklist and you’ll be ready for some much-needed self-care. The price in Tbilisi is around 60 USD.
As you start to place things throughout your new home, you won’t want to come back later to plug everything in. If you purchase power strips, extension cords, and batteries before moving in, you’ll be able to finish unpacking quickly and efficiently. Just make sure you don’t forget to set your electricity and other utilities! The price starts from only a few dollars. The outlet types in Tbilisi are for the standard European plugs.
4. Step Stool
Whether you’re short or your new apartment has high ceilings, a step stool will be extremely valuable during the early phases of unpacking and is a must-have for your first apartment. We recommend something light and easily portable. You might want to install new lamps, new curtains, or simply put mugs and plates on the top cabinet.
|Adjustable Wrench||Hex Keys/Allen Keys|
|Electric Drill/Screw Gun||Socket Wrench/Ratchet|
|Clamps or Vice Grips||Level|
A variety of people may think it’s not so essential to have some tools kit in the apartment, but it really is. Having some tools might come in handy and it’s very necessary for each apartment. A chair or table may break down or pipes might need repairing, so you would mend it much easily with a simple tool.
Things You Don’t Need for Your First Apartment
Since you’re probably expecting your first apartment in Tbilisi, then you’re thinking about ways to cut corners on basics. Instead, resist the temptation to buy things you don’t need for your first apartment. You might think you need some of these items, but now that you’re operating on a budget in another country, you probably don’t actually need them. Avoid these things you don’t need for your first apartment:
Of course, you need pots, pans, and silverware to properly use your first kitchen. But do you really need that egg slicer or cork opener? Probably not. You can easily use other kitchen or household items in place of these super-specific tools. Leave the banana slicer and butter cutter at the store and just use your knife instead.
Appliances are big, bulky, and heavy. They take up precious room in your cabinets or on your countertop. Why, then, do you need a small and a large food processor, or a sandwich maker? Combine your needs into one item instead. You have a pan; use it for preparing your sandwiches for now. If you want a rice cooker, a slow cooker, and a pressure cooker for your kitchen, find one device that has all three options (such devices tend to have steaming functions too, saving you another item). Of course, you’ll save money by combining these purchases, but since these are all pretty big items, the space you’ll save is really the benefit of not repeating devices.
Until you fully settle down and want to call guests over to your new home, do you really need more than four or five glasses, plates, bowls, and each kind of utensil? Do you need multiple elaborate multi-tiered serving trays, or will one do just fine? If you stay on top of cleaning and washing dishes, buying only a small number of tableware items is your ultimate space and money saver.
After signing your new house’s rent/purchase contract in Tbilisi, it requires some essential furniture and appliances before you move in, and some more in the very early days of living in your new house or apartment.