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Practical Tips When Moving In Together

By Relocation.com

So, you and your significant other have decided to take the next step and move in together – congratulations! For many couples, moving in together is a big step. Some couples like the idea of trying it out first – moving in together before getting married to see if they can get along, while some do it for more practical reasons and may not even get married. For whatever reason, moving in together is not always easy and may have some kinks you’ll both have to work out in the beginning. So, here are some practical tips for couples to consider before they call up those long distance moving companies.

When is a Good Time to Move In Together?
There’s really no exact formula or time for when couples should move in together. Some people move in after a few months and get married or stay together forever, while other couples who have been going out for years move in together and then break up. Most couples who have been together a long time and really enjoy living together all say the say same thing – “When it feels right.” Whenever you decide it feels right, it should be a mutual decision. Talk with your partner and weigh out your options.

Where Should You Live?

So, now that you’ve decided to move in, where are you going to live? Should you rent a new place together, or should one of you move into the other ones apartment? It really depends on the circumstances. Some couples want a fresh start and move in together to a new place. Others choose to live in one of their apartments, perhaps it’s big enough for both or one of them owns the apartment or is renting it. Talk it over and decide – don’t just assume you’re doing one thing, as your partner may be thinking of something else.

Yours, Mine and Ours:
If you’re not married, finances and ownership can get a bit tricky. So, this is something you need to nail down from the beginning, especially when one person has bought their home before the other person was in his or her life. Discuss what you both want or expect. Technically if both parties are paying rent, then both names should be on the deed, but it can be trickier, especially since it’s not just wallets, but emotions that are on the line.

For other expenses, you can decide to split down the middle, or perhaps if your incomes are wildly divergent, pay a percentage from your salaries. Put your share of the expenses into a joint account and try to automate your finances so you don’t even have to discuss it every time a bill comes in.

Get Out of The Rut:
Once you’re living together, it’s easy to fall into a routine and get into a rut. Just because you’re living together doesn’t mean you should stop working on your relationships. In fact, you should work harder. So, try to get out of the house if you can and go for romantic dates or activities. Keep the spice in your life and your relationship will last a long time.

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