Every February, our social media are flooded with headlines and postings about marriage proposals, weddings and other romantic celebrations, and that means a lot of couples may be moving in together in the very near future. That's a big deal, whether you've lived with a significant other before or not. And that got us thinking.
What are the most important things to know when moving in with your boyfriend, girlfriend, fiancee, etc.?
Location is Everything
Once you and your significant other have decided to take the plunge and move in together, the first order of business is finding out where. It may sound simple on the surface, but there are a lot of factors in play here. Work is probably the most obvious one. Finances are another. Both of you will obviously want to live somewhat close to the office, so it's important to compromise and find a solution that makes the morning commute reasonable for both parties.
It's also important to consider the city vs suburb discussion when planning your move. Urban living is on the rise in the U.S, but a lot of people still prefer quieter suburbs. Your gut reaction will likely be to look for a new place in the same neighborhood you live in now, but be open to trying something new. This is a new chapter of your life, after all. Plus, this will give you a shared sense of ownership.
Lastly, it is important to look for a moving company in your area to help with your move. We will talk more about this later.
Talk About Finances
It may seem uncomfortable to talk about, but these conversations simply must happen. How will the bills be split up? Will all expenses be 50/50? What kind of home can you collectively afford? If you're getting married, will you have a joint bank account or maintain separate ones? The answers to these questions need be set in stone before the move happens.
It's virtually impossible to move in with someone without having the money talk, and talking about finances with your significant other will be different than discussing them with a platonic roommate. So make the effort to talk about what you can afford.
Dealing with All of Your “Stuff'”
As your move approaches, it's a good idea to sit down with your significant other and try to declutter before packing and moving in together. You're likely to have some duplicate items between the two of you, such as sets of kitchen utensils, coffee tables, office chairs, couches and other furniture. You're also sure to find certain things you just don't need or want anymore.
Make the time to sit down with your significant other to figure out what will fit in your new place. Decide what to keep, what to sell, what to donate and what to throw away. Trust us, this will save you a lot of time in the long run. It will also save you some money, since the total cost of your move will be determined by what you move.
DIY or Hire a Moving Company
Lastly, you'll need to decide if you're going to move yourself or if you will seek out the help of professionals. Some people prefer the DIY approach for local moves, but whether you're moving down the street or out of state, you really can't go wrong with hiring a professional mover.
A professional moving company will help you with so much more than the loading and unloading, though that does save your back the trouble of all of that heavy lifting. You will also get help protecting all of your belongings with proper packing materials and techniques, and home protection kits that include things like door jambs and floor protection.
That being said, hiring a mover does come at a cost, but that's why it's important to do some research to find the best and most competitively-priced mover in your area. For help with this, feel free to use our tips on selecting a mover.
Do Something Special this Month
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