Moving in together can be a great thing! Nevertheless, it can also put a strain on the relationship, especially in the transitional phase. This applies to not only couples, but friends, family members and future room/house mates in general.
A few things to consider when moving in together
- First, try it out: You might think that because you managed to spend a few weekends together in harmony, actually living together will be easy. But before you take the leap and join your households, allow yourself a trial period of two weeks. This will help to get a better idea what sharing the daily routines and chores will actually look like.
- Personal space: Especially when two (or more) people move in together who have been used to living on their own, sharing one’s personal space might take some getting used to.
- Joining two households: When you join two single households, it is likely that you find you now have two or even more of many items. This might mean two sofas, two fridges, washing machines, as well as many smaller items. The decision of what to keep and what to get rid of is something that you should agree on together. Keep in mind that there is not only the monetary value, but also potential sentimental value to consider.
- Compromises and shared responsibilities: Be aware that living together means to share responsibilities and the willingness to make compromises.
Practical solutions and tips for common challenges
- Agree on a budget: Sharing of financial responsibilities also means a necessity to discuss how much money can or should be spent, not only on a regular basis, but also for greater purchases. Consider opening a joint bank account for household expenses. Each party can monthly deposit a previously agreed amount onto that account. This constitutes the basis for the household’s regular budget. Make sure to create a realistic budget within what you can actually afford!
- Declutter before you move: Have a look at our blog posts about purging/decluttering your home to get some ideas about what you can do about your superfluous/double items (donate, sell, discard?). This will also help to make it easier for you and your moving company come moving day.
- Arrange for storage room: There might be certain pieces of your furniture or other possessions that you do not need in your new home. Nevertheless, you are not sure yet if you should get rid of them. In such a case, put them into storage. If such storage space is not part of your new home (basement, garage etc.), consider renting additional storage. A self-storage unit might be a good solution.
- Share/divide the household chores fairly: Clear and fair agreements in this area can help to prevent future arguments.
Professional moving support
There are a lot of benefits of hiring a professional moving company for the actual move: Moving day is stressful enough as such, but merging two households can take the challenge up a notch. Having reliable and experienced professionals at your side takes off quite a bit of the pressure. It also speeds up the process. This means you will likely be able to do moving day for both households in one day only. And the less stress you have to deal with, the more you can enjoy the beginning of this new chapter of your life. Are you looking for more information or need a free quote? Simply contact Brothers EZ Moving! We look forward to hearing from you.
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