Moving in together is a big step for couples. Sometimes the transition from dating to living together can be tough. To make it easier, make sure to plan ahead and talk about things that may become roadblocks in the future.
If possible, move into a place that will be both of yours right from the start. It might be more convenient to move into the apartment of one of the partners, but it’s not a good idea, if it can be avoided. The place will still feel more like the home of the person who lived there originally. A clean slate is best for moving in together. Choose a place you both like and can afford to move into.
Be clear about expectations before moving in together. For instance, is living together a stepping-stone to marriage, or is it the ultimate goal of the relationship in itself? It’s a good idea to be on the same page, whatever that page may be, before living together.
Figure out the details before signing a lease. Discuss how the rent will be shared, who will do what chores, whether to share a phone line or get separate lines, etc. This will go a long way towards preventing misunderstandings and arguments later on.
Moving in together can be a fun, and is a big step. Talking things out ahead of time, defining goals, chores and expectations, and finding a home that can belong to both partners equally can make the experience much easier.