5 Things to Consider Before Moving in with Your Significant Other

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5 Things to Consider Before Moving in with Your Significant Other

Staff Writer · Mar 18, 2010

So you’re thinking about moving in with your significant other. Aside from the physical work of moving, you must also determine what will make the best living situation for both partners. There are 5 things to consider before moving in with your significant other.

1. What Each Household Will Contribute, Including Costs

Before moving in together, you must first consider what pieces of furniture and other belongings will be brought from each of you. The amount and size of furniture and other belongings will directly impact the necessary apartment and room size. If you intend on purchasing furniture, first determine which pieces you intend to purchase to ensure they will fit in the new apartment.

Monthly apartment costs include rent, utilities and community or parking fees, if any. While your monthly costs may be quite low, your partner’s may not be, and yours will inevitably increase as there will be two people using utilities. Prior to searching for or leasing an apartment, it is wise to make a budget acceptable to both members of the relationship and plan the division of payments.

2. Hobbies and Space to Work

Making space or providing storage for your partner’s hobbies or lifestyle activities is a must for any joint household. For example, if one partner loves to read and collect books, ensure that the apartment either has built-in bookshelves or room for bookshelves and a cozy space to read. Similar standards apply for video-game lovers, chefs or painters. Ensuring that the new living space will accommodate each partner’s different personality is a great way to make the space comfortable for both individuals.

If one partner works from home, your new apartment must contain space for a desk, storage, file cabinet and other home office equipment. The partner’s specific needs may require a separate room or simply a space able set aside inside another room. Beware that, while before the partner may have been able to using a section of another room as their office, this may not be possible in the new residence.

3. Location

Each partner’s needs differ, but each must be accommodated as much as possible. The length of commutes, nearness to schools and stores, and pets should factor into your search for a new apartment. Having pets or young children may make living in certain apartments, neighborhoods or on certain floors within a building more difficult.

4. Future Plans

Most likely, you and your significant other have discussed individual and combined future plans at some point during your relationship. Moving in with your significant other, however, will absolutely affect any future plans. Living with someone else makes traveling and expenditures more complicated, and any plans may need to be revisited and revised in light of your new living situation. Do this with your significant other, as two brains are always better than one and because it will mean making the decisions together, an important task in any relationship.

Then, of course, there’s the big “m” word: marriage! Make sure you realize that moving in with your significant other does not mean that the two of you are married or that you’re going to be soon. Make sure you discuss future marriage plans before moving in together, so that both of you are on the same page!

5. The Relationship Itself

Living with your significant other will also impact the relationship itself. Being constantly with another person and making changes to your lifestyle will place pressure and stress on your relationship. Overcoming this hurdle takes time, patience and dedication to communication. Remember to take time to yourself and express your unhappiness before it becomes overwhelming and turns into a fight.

Undeniably, moving in with your significant partner is a big step in any relationship. Planning, budgeting and accommodating individual personalities are the best way to ensure that your new apartment will satisfy both partners’ needs and wishes.

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