If you are considering moving in with a new person, you understand that it is a big step that can totally change your relationship. Whether you’re a young couple, a recent graduate, someone going through a divorce, or a couple welcoming your parents back, it can greatly affect your day-to-day life to welcome a new person into your home. There are plenty of tips to help make the transition smoother, but here’s some advice on how to make the most of your changing living situation.
For the Young Couple
A new couple moving in together can be so exciting! But although this new step in your relationship or marriage is great, there are some precautions you should take. First, make sure that both of your names are on the lease, to save hassle in the future, on the off-chance that something happens and one of you has to move out. And secondly, ensure that you rent a storage unit before you move, so that you don’t end up with double the furniture (or looking at your partner’s ugly couch for years).
For the First-Time Adult
Whether you’re shipping off to college or moving to a new city to start your first job, having a roommate is undoubtedly a big part of growing up. Sometimes, your roommate will get on your nerves – that’s inevitable – but one easy way to avoid problems is to take the time upon moving in to have a deep discussion about your living situation. Assign specific chores to each roommate. Discuss what items you will be bringing into the space, and what you will share. And most importantly, discuss your privacy and other deal-breaking situations before you start living together.
For the Elderly Parents
There may come a time where the people who have supported you your whole life now need a little support themselves. Your parents may need you to make room for them in your home, and that might require some sacrifices. Think about the easiest way to make space for them, such as what you will need to clear out of your home and move to storage. In addition, be sure to take time to clean out their home before moving them in with you, so you know what to keep, what to store, and what to donate before they arrive.
For the Newly Single
Sometimes, relationships or marriages don’t work out, and the person you thought you’d spend the rest of your life with is no longer in your home. But that doesn’t mean that everything is over! You have a great opportunity to find yourself and your new path by moving out of a home with an old partner, and into a new one with a friend. Take the time to get to know your new roommate, and spend quality time together. Have one night a week where you cook dinner together, or have a night on the town. You can really benefit from having a friend down the hall. Make the most of it!