So you’re recently engaged? Congratulations! This is an exciting time for your relationship, and you’re probably gearing up for a number of life changes. Whether you are already living together, or preparing to move in, one of these monumental changes might be the space you inhabit together. In the time around your engagement and wedding, you might be deciding to move in together for the first time, or just upgrade your space to reflect the maturity of your relationship. These big decisions can be daunting, but with a few insights, you will be enjoying the shared space with your partner in no time. Here are some tips for moving in together and making the transition easier!
Talk Finances Before Moving In Together
If you are moving in with your partner, you will have to talk openly about your finances with one another. There might be bills that you’ll want to split equally, and others that make sense to keep separate. If you and your significant other haven’t talked about finances in the past, it’s time to sit down and have a serious conversation about how you’re going to move forward financially. These types of conversations can be challenging at first, but they will help you be responsible and stress free when making decisions about your home and new shared lifestyle.
Decide On Your Space
The most obvious part of moving in is picking out where you will be living, whether to rent or buy, and what type of amenities are most important to you. You’ll have to talk with your partner about what characteristics of a home you can and can’t live without. To guide you in the decision making process, create a pros and cons list for every apartment or home that you are considering, keep a spreadsheet that compares the prices of each option, and reference your budget often. Be open and honest with your partner about your what you want in a space, and stay organized along the way to help you feel prepared to make the right decision.
Decorate Your Home
After you decide on a space, you’ll be extremely excited to start buying new furniture and put up decorations. Before driving to Target or getting lost in the world of online shopping, take an inventory of what you already have and can bring to your new place. There might even be a few pieces that you’ll want to sell on second-hand sites, like Craigslist, so that you can invest in a few new pieces. When you move in with your partner, you’ll want to “up” your decor and create a mature space with quality furnishings that will last. You can incorporate a few new family room pieces, with some items you already have, and maybe even a piece that you refurbished. As time goes on, you can add newer items to your home, so don’t feel like you have to buy everything brand new right away. Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day!
Make it Yours
When you move into your new space, things might feel a little empty at first, but to make it feel more like home, incorporate personalized photos, posters, or wall art. By getting just a few photographs on your walls, your place will feel more like your own. You’ll be surprised how quickly everything can come together once you get a few things on the wall!
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The Faviana Team