It’s been a while since you’ve been dating your partner, and things couldn’t be better! You meet each other frequently. You are super compatible and often spent quality time with each other’s family. You have a few things in your significant other’s apartment. Everything looks perfect! So, is it time to take the big leap and move in together?
The idea of moving in together with your romantic partner can be incredibly exciting but slightly intimidating. While the quality moments you spend together are great, cohabitation presents a slew of new challenges that might shake the foundation of the relationship.
So how do you know if it is the right time to start living together? Here are 15 signs that you’re ready to move in together.
15 Signs You’re Ready To Move In Together
1. It feels like the next natural step
Moving in together with your significant other is an exciting and natural next step forward if you have been in a long-term commitment. You spend nights together, or you’ve got some of your important items in your boo’s apartment. Moving in together feels like the next natural step when you feel you shouldn’t have to commute between the two spaces to be together.
There are other signs, but spending significant time together is a natural indicator to take your relationship to the next step.
2. Almost living together
You wake up cuddled together in bed, you don’t have to pack your bag for staying the night, and you have more than a pair of clothes stacked in your partner’s apartment. Your toothbrush has a home in the bathroom cabinet, you cook and clean together, and you have a key to each other’s apartment.
These are significant signs that you are ready to move in together. The time you spend together makes it easier to adjust to the nitty-gritty of living with your partner. Insignificant things like leaving tea bags on the countertop or forgetting to put the toilet seat down won’t drive you up the wall.
3. It’s right for your relationship
You have to move in together with your partner for the right reasons, not because you have been dating for too long. You do not want to cohabit because there is pressure from your partner, family, or friends. Financial considerations are important, but you may not want to move in only because you will save rental or reduce your living expenses. Moving in together should be a logical and mutual decision.
4. You both agree on it
The decision to move in together is an important one. But before you take the big plunge, you should talk to your partner about your long-term goals to see if you’re on the same page. Moving in together with your partner may not necessarily mean that your relationship will result in marriage. If you are keen on marriage and want to move in because of it, talk to your partner first to know what they think the future of the relationship is.
5. You’re relaxed around each other
One of the most rewarding parts of the relationship would be the freedom you experience in it, to be completely relaxed and at ease around your partner. It could be a good idea to move in together if you and your partner are okay with each other’s imperfections and flaws. In short, you feel right at home when you are with your partner. If that is the case, it could be time to take your relationship to the next stage.
Living together means you have to be comfortable with your partner even if they come home smelly after a workout or snore.
6. You’ve discussed future expectations
The importance of communication in making a relationship successful cannot be stressed enough. If you are thinking about moving in together, it’s essential to discuss your expectations of your partner. Do you plan to entertain guests often? Do you want to spend most nights together at home or want to go out? Do you want your partner to share daily chores? How do you split the bills?
These are among the many things that need to be discussed before you move in with your partner.
7. You have compatible lifestyles
Successful cohabitation means compatible lifestyle choices. Often, couples’ sleeping patterns or food eating habits do not match up. Living together could be daunting if your partner is a night owl who binges on fast food, and you are an early riser who loves healthy food.
This doesn’t mean you won’t have a successful relationship, but a few fundamental commonalities in your lifestyles are necessary to make a smooth transition to cohabitation. If you both like waking up early and going for a run before work, come home in the evening in time to eat home-cooked meals, and like to stay in on the weekends, moving together would be an instant success!
8. You’ve made a financial plan
Romantic relationships aren’t always mushy-mushy. Moving in together invariably involves financial chemistry. When you move in together, you will have to share larger expenses as a couple. Financial compatibility is as important as physical and emotional compatibility to build a happy and secure future together.
When you decide to move in together, it is always desirable to discuss finances, such as monthly rents, groceries, and utilities. It is always prudent to discuss who shares which expenses to save the relationship from potential disaster.
9. You’ve fought and made up
A romantic relationship is not always about dancing under the moon, candlelight dinners, or walking along the beach at sunset. Love is a package of bouquets and brickbats. Even the most ideal partners in the throes of romantic love often engage in fights over silly issues. Fights are commonplace in a relationship. However, romantic partners often kiss and makeup. This is a healthy sign to move in together.
10. You’ve successfully vacationed together
“Vacations are not about getting away but getting in touch,” goes an old Chinese proverb. Vacations work wonders. They give an excellent opportunity to test your strength as a couple and discover things about each other.
During vacations, whether a weekend or longer, you’re around each other 24/7. You’re away from your daily routine, out of your comfort zone, and the most vulnerable. At this time, along with the happy times, if you’ve successfully handled everything from your partner’s fatigues and ailments to hangry moments and annoying indecisiveness about where to eat and what to do, living together will be a breeze.
11. The loss of independence doesn’t bother you
Living with the right person offers perks, but you may have to give up a bit of your freedom. Your partner will be pretty in tune with your comings and goings. You’re ready to transition to cohabitation when you don’t mind checking in, you’re prepared to share a bathroom sink, and you’ll be in each other’s personal space often.
12. You complement one another
When you live together, it’s essential to complement one another. This ensures your partner doesn’t feel like they’re putting more effort into the relationship.
If your partner hates doing laundry, you can do the laundry while they do the dishes. If you’re a night owl, contribute to the living situation by cooking dinner and asking your partner to manage breakfast duties. The art of keeping a great home relationship is keeping things balanced and playing fair.
If both of you accept each other’s strong and not-so-strong points, you can work around most things without tiptoeing around or constantly bickering when you move in together. Too many differences may work against you. Recognize the attraction of opposites and take advantage of each other’s strengths!
13. You share common interests
If you’re going to be moving in together, you need to share several preferences. Whether it’s keeping the house clean, liking boho décor, colorful interiors or going on camping trips, playing video games, or watching movies, finding interests or activities you both enjoy will make things easy.
It can be frustrating to enjoy each other’s company when one loves the outdoors and the other enjoys sleeping all day and watching TV. Common interests ensure the transition to cohabitation, and the later stages go well.
14. You are mature enough to make a breakup plan
Before you move in together, you need to talk about your deal-breakers and discuss how you will handle the finances and logistics if things don’t go according to your initial plan. Moving in together without discussing deal-breakers can spell doom if the unavoidable happens.
Deal breakers in a relationship are things that your partner does or says, which you cannot tolerate or handle in a relationship, and vice versa. Hence, a breakup plan is a crucial step before sharing a space and a life. Be open to talk about these things so you can steer clear of unwanted surprises.
15. You want to live together
You may be under peer pressure when your friends or people within your social circle are making the transition to cohabitation. You may feel pressured to move in together as it feels like a logical next step. But moving in together because of peer pressure or because it seems like a cool thing to do can backfire. Each person is different, and what feels comfortable for your friend may not be enough for you. Do it only if moving in together feels like the right step for both of you.
Living together is more than just home comforts and financial benefits. You should have mutual respect for one another, understand each other, live with quirks and habits, enjoy each other’s company, be willing to divide chores and bills and love each other for who you are. If you feel all this and more, then moving in is the perfect next step to take. We hope our checklist helps you figure out what the right step is for you and your partner.