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Moving In with Your Partner is Exciting
There’s nothing more exciting than living with your partner for the very first time. It doesn’t matter if you’re newlyweds starting your new life together or a couple who sees the sheer practicality of living together, the fact of the matter is, you will now be spending each day with your significant other and living in the same space.
Of course you’re looking forward to the fun parts like sharing a bed, waking up beside your loved one, preparing and eating your meals together, and all those shiny happy stuff but you also have to keep in mind that moving in with your partner means having to deal with every single bit of reality too. Conflicts can spark in a matter of seconds and if you don’t handle it well, your dream fantasy will easily turn into a nightmare.
To help you avoid that, today we’ll give you 9 important moving tips for new couples.
Clarify the setup
The first thing you need to clarify is what type of setup you are undertaking. Will you be moving into your partner’s place or is he or she moving into yours? Will you both be moving out of your current homes and move into a new space that you both can call your own? Will you be renting an apartment or getting a loan for a new house?In short, you have to plan the logistics carefully. This also involves setting the moving date as well as coordinating both of your schedules. You also need to discuss the breakdown of your bills. Who will be in charge of paying the rent (or mortgage), the utilities, the internet connection, cable subscription, and so on? Living together is not all fairy dust and sparkles. Deal with the facts first.
Where is this relationship going?
Before we move on any further, you need to stop and think about where your relationship is going. This is especially important for couples who aren’t married yet. Before you proceed to making huge life decisions you have to see if your plans for the future align with your partners. Otherwise you will probably be moving out again sometime soon.
List down what you own
Make a list of the things that you own. Your partner should do the same too. Find out if you have the same appliances and if you have enough furniture. Whose bed are you going to use or are you going to purchase a new one that will fit both of you? Compare your lists and figure out what items you already have and which ones you still need to acquire.
Reduce and make room for your partner
You will now be living with another person. Another person who also owns a bunch of stuff. If you two are planning to move into a tiny apartment in the city, it’s only practical to reduce the amount of junk that you own. Sell, donate or throw away the things you don’t need. Now’s the time to do it!
Count and measure
Before moving in, measure your new place before you move in. Count the rooms, bathrooms, outlets, built-in cabinets, light sockets, etc. It’s also a good idea to measure the floor area as well as the height of the rooms and doors. This will give you an idea of what you can fit inside.
Assign the spaces
Create a floor plan and figure out where major furniture pieces should go (sofa, dressers, tables etc.) You should also sort out what each room will be for because this is a great way to speed up the moving process once your goods arrive.
Learn about one another
Living with another person is a great opportunity for learning about one another. There will be moments when you might get pleasantly surprised by his or her little quirks but be warned because you may also get angry at some annoying behavior. This is normal. Take each day as a learning opportunity because for sure, your partner is just discovering your own quirks too.
Set boundaries and respect each other
Treat each other with respect and set boundaries for one another. If you don’t want your partner barging in while you’re in the toilet, say it.If you want to invite your friends over, ask your partner first because he or she may not be totally comfortable with it yet. This leads us to the next tip which is…
Make decisions together
The secret to a harmonious living situation is communication. Don’t make any major decisions alone. You are a couple now and since you’re living together, you will have to make decisions as a team. This tip alone will save you from a lot of heated arguments.
Remember, while moving in and living together may be fun and exciting, it can also be tricky and challenging. However, don’t overdo the worrying either and make sure to relish this milestone in your relationship.
In order to solidify your smooth and hassle-free transition, it’s important to hire a great moving company that will help you out. To do this, all you need to do is fill out our contact form so we can immediately give you quotes from well-respected moving companies in your area. Start planning your move today!