The time has come, and you’ve decided to take the leap and move in together. This is great news and a positive step in your relationship. However, it is a big step too, and moving house is cited as one of the most stressful things you can do in your life, so, if you’re moving in with them, they’re moving into your place, or you’re both moving into a new place together, there are some things you can do to make sure that it all goes as smoothly as possible.
Decide Where to Live
As already mentioned, there are different options of where you live together, this could be at your place, at theirs or somewhere completely new. It might be an easy decision that just makes sense financially or because one of you had more space. Just remember to take into consideration other factors such as commutes to work, accommodations for any pets, local amenities, shopping, and safety.
Go Through All Your Things
Now is the perfect time to have a de-clutter of all your things. You can’t keep everything because, of course, you’re probably going to double up on things like toasters and microwaves but go through your own things too and start afresh. Between both of you, you could hire a skip from 7 Skip Bins to make sure that you’re getting rid of your things responsibly and anything else you could either sell or donate.
Plan The Move
To keep the actual moving day stress-free, decide whether you’re moving yourself or hiring professionals. If you can plan ahead together and make these decisions, then there’ll be less chance of your first day getting off to a rocky start.
Work out the Finances
Finances are quite often the main reason that people move in together. Not to take the romance out of it, but if it makes financial sense and you’re spending all your time together anyway, then why not? However, when you do decide to take that leap, make sure you have everything discussed as to how much you’re both paying on the rent and how you’ll split the bills and shopping. Will you be getting a joint bank account? Will you both contribute equally to buying furniture and paying for home repairs and maintenance?
Have Your Own Space
You will both need your own space, and it’s not a bad thing. If you don’t have enough room in your place to have room to call your own, then make sure you continue to get out and do activities on your own.
It’s a wonderful thing to be moving in with your partner. However, it’s also good to be realistic. It might not be anything to do with them personally, but if you’re used to living by yourself and have your own ways of doing things, then remember this and compromise. They, too, will have their own ways of doing things, and there might be silly things that are important to your partner that you don’t care so much about. Respect their little ways, and hopefully, they will respect yours too.