Here are five tips that will help you and your partner have a smooth transition and ensure you keep the spark in your romance.
Decide where to live
The first consideration is deciding where the two of you will live. You might want to move into an existing home that one of you currently lives in or pick a completely new place. If it’s the latter, think about the things you both would like in a property including the type of home, the location, and local amenities. For example, do you want to live close to the city or do you want to be somewhere leafy and suburban? A good starting point for you and your partner is to create a list of ideal suburbs and comparing them.
Talk about finances
If you have not talked about money with your partner before, now is the time as you will become very involved in each other’s financial lives. Will you open a joint bank account? Will you both contribute to the rent and if so, will it be 50/50? Who is going to cover the costs of bills and groceries? Do either of you have any ongoing debts or financial obligations? Money can be a sensitive topic but it is important to be honest about your concerns from the beginning. Once you move in with each other, put together a joint budget that takes into account your regular bills, rent and any shared expenses such as internet and subscriptions.
Lay down the ground rules
You and your partner are not going to see eye to eye on everything. For example, your partner may like having friends over late at night, but you may prefer quiet times when you’re at home. Think about establishing some common rules so you both know what to expect of each other. Don’t forget to communicate regularly as this will minimise any issues before they arise.
Be willing to compromise
Even with expectations laid out, you will find that you may have to compromise on some things. Try and be flexible in adjusting your habits or routines in order to accommodate those of your partner. Compromising will help you and your partner keep the peace at home.
When you first move in with your partner, life can be a bit chaotic. It might be helpful to plan a schedule for regular tasks such as grocery shopping, household chores and socialising with family and friends. Don’t forget to plan for date nights and quality time together.
As you can see, there are many considerations to be mindful of when you’re preparing to move in with your partner.
However, if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, you'll find it a very rewarding experience that will do wonders for your relationship.