Moving In with Your Significant Other: Tips for Taking This Step Successfully

Moving in with a significant other takes some adjustments, even for the most loving and devoted couples. And there’s nothing wrong with that. The important thing is that you’re excited to move in together. There are some definite perks to the idea as well. If you’ve been living alone, it’ll be great to have someone you love to share a life and a home with. 

With any big relationship step, especially one as significant as moving in with your girlfriend or boyfriend, it’s essential to go in with your eyes open. 

What to Know before Moving In with Someone

What’s most important varies from person to person. Use these ideas to get the ball rolling and come up with your own list for what you need to know. 

Know Each Other’s Goals for the Relationship

A lot of individuals see the “moving in together” step as a sign that the relationship is going to last forever—or at least for a very long time. The reality is that some people don’t think about life or commitment in the long term. Make sure you’re both on the same page for moving in with each other.

Spend a Lot of Time Together before You Live Together

This can be a good way to figure out if living together is even a good idea. When you’re trying to figure out how long to wait before moving in with someone, it’s important to see one another in circumstances that are frustrating or difficult, when it’s not all butterflies and romance. If your relationship continues to deepen and develop during the tough times as well as the good, moving in together could be the right choice. 

Discuss Fears of Moving In Together

Communication is key. There’s nothing wrong with having concerns over the idea of moving in together. Talk about them with your significant other. If you acknowledge potential risks and come up with action plans to combat them, you’ll be more prepared to move in together. 

Think about a Trial Period

Consider living together temporarily at first, perhaps for a month. Both of you keep your current places but live together during this time to see if it works. This way, you can get a feel for each other’s routines and figure out how to merge them. 

Pros and Cons of Moving In with Your Boyfriend or Girlfriend

Moving in with your significant other offers both pros and cons. You might love one another deeply, but people are still people, and difficulties or frustrations will come up. It’s normal. Let’s take a look at some potential pros and cons, just to get everything out in the open.

Pros for Moving In with Your Significant Other

  • Deepen a Loving and Committed Relationship: Making a commitment to live together is a big step that says, “I’m committed to building a life with you.” This kind of connection and support can really grow a relationship.
  • Ease the Stress of Getting Married: If you’re already living together, a lot of the logistics for your new life will already be determined before you ever tie the knot. 
  • Save Money: You go from paying two rents or mortgages to just one. This can save you both a lot of money in the long run. 

Cons for Moving In with Your Significant Other

  • Could Jeopardize the Relationship without a Strong Support System: There will be disagreements and difficulties you never encountered when you lived separately. If you don’t have a good support system of friends or hobbies outside the relationship, you could put a lot of stress and pressure on it. Be sure to find a good balance between your new life with your significant other and your life outside that. 
  • Could Lose Relationship Quality: There’s usually no life commitment when moving in together as a dating couple. This can cause issues as your lives become more intertwined.
  • Could Lose Outside Relationships: Not everyone is on board with the idea of unmarried people living together. This move could potentially damage relationships with more old-fashioned friends or family members. 

Moving In with a Significant Other with Colonial Van Lines

Once you’ve considered all your options and taken our tips and suggestions for discussions about moving in with your significant other, trust our professional team at Colonial Van Lines to help you make the move. Contact us today to learn more about our long-distance moving services

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