Moving In With Your Partner ChecklistMoving in with your significant other is an exciting step in your relationship. But there are things you should discuss and consider if you want to make it work. Follow our checklist to prepare you for the big move, otherwise you could be in for a nasty surprise!
Moving with your partner?
Here's 15 things you should consider before the big move.
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Are you really ready?
Living together is a big deal. So ask yourself, are you really ready to spend every day with this person? If you have any doubts at all, remember that it’s too late to turn back once you’ve signed the contract!
Do a trial run
Before you sign any contract, it’s a good idea to have tried out living together for more than just a night. Try living at his house for a week, or visa-versa, and see if it works.
Know and accept each other’s habits
Does he leave the toilet seat up? Is he clean? Does he accept your tendency to leave your makeup everywhere in the morning? Remember that these little things are part of your personalities, and you should accept and deal with them- as hard as that might be!
When you’re caught up in the excitement, it’s easy to forget the financial side of things. How will you pay the bills ? Will you need a mortage ? Deposit ? Address these boring questions now before you get into any awkward situations.
Location location location
Do you want to be close to your family? Does he need to be by a subway stop to get to work? And then there’s the question of suburbs vs city, apartment vs house. Make sure you consider both of your needs and come to a compromise.
Know each other’s schedules
Whilst you may have been able to live separate lives before, under the same roof, that’s no longer possible. Make sure you know each other’s work schedules and other commitments. Then it won’t be a shock when his alarm goes off at 6am!
Try to keep the romance alive
When you live with each other, it’s easy to lose the passion and excitement you once had. So think of little ways that you can still keep things romantic in everyday life!
Don’t want to part with your precious cat but your partner has an allergy? Make sure you consider each other’s attitudes towards having furry friends in your house.
Make sure he’s seen you at your worst
When you meet up, it’s likely that your partner has only seen you with your best outfit and makeup on. Well he’s going to be in for a surprise when he sees you walking around in your sweats with a facemask on at 9pm. So make sure he’s prepared for that!
Your own space
Being with each other 24/7 can be intense. Whether it be just a little corner or a whole room, make sure you establish from the start some parts that are dedicated to ‘you’ time.
Is he a snorer?
The importance of this question is underrated. If yes- it’s time to get yourself some earplugs.
Make the house a home
You’ll want to make the place look homely as soon as possible, so make sure you’ve bought all your fluffy cushions and fairy lights before the big move.
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Organise the boring stuff
Establish a system for distributing the chores. Arguments about who’s turn it is to take the trash out are not fun, and definitely not romantic.
Prepare for the worst
It’s a subject no one wants to talk about, but it’s best to address now what will happen in the (hopefully unlikely) event of a break up. This is mostly about finances, but also involves questions like who’ll be the one to move out. An awkward, but necessary conversation to have.
But hope for the best
Moving in together is a major life-step and affirmation of your relationship. It’s an amazing experience, and if you’re positive about it, hopefully one that will last!
Don't be disheartened if it doesn't feel right straight away- you'll soon get used to each other!
Talk about it
If you're not happy with your living situation or there's something on your mind, make sure you talk about it!
Remember why you did it
When you're arguing about the chores or trying to get your head around finances, you can feel like running away back to the comfort of your mom's house. But just remember- you moved in together (hopefully) because you love each other, so you can get through anything!