There’s no doubt that dating is great fun. But if things go well with your partner you’ll eventually reach the point where you have to consider whether to take the next step – moving in together. It’s common enough for people to do this before getting married nowadays. But how do you know when the [...]
There’s no doubt that dating is great fun. But if things go well with your partner you’ll eventually reach the point where you have to consider whether to take the next step – moving in together.
It’s common enough for people to do this before getting married nowadays. But how do you know when the right time crops up? Here are some pointers.
Do you feel ready?
How do you truly feel about moving in together? Does the thought excite you or do you have doubts about the situation? Don’t feel as if you should agree to the suggestion by your partner if you don’t feel ready. But make sure you discuss it together: it can help to strengthen your relationship by confronting the issue rather than burying it.
You should also remember that by moving in together you won’t be fully independent anymore. You can still do things independently of each other, but this is a major step in your relationship. Are you ready to go from just dating one another to being in a “long term” relationship?
What about financial issues?
This is a vitally important area to think about. Are you moving into your partner’s home or are they moving into yours? Alternatively are you getting a place together?
Whatever the situation might be you have to agree on the financial side of things. This doesn’t necessarily mean opening up a joint account but it does mean coming to an agreement about who will pay for what.
It is said that most arguments couples have are about money. If you cannot agree on this topic then perhaps you should work to resolve these issues before moving in together. It’s always good to have a firm base to start your life together on.
Is anything else going on?
Moving in together will be a big change for both of you, even if it all goes swimmingly. So you have to think about whether this is the right time in terms of what else is going on in your life. If one or both of you have work issues, or a family member is ill or something else is happening, it might be best to wait a while before going through this additional stress and upheaval.
Moving in is likely to be stressful and doing so at a time when you have a lot of other stresses in your life could well put even more strain on your relationship – which is something to avoid.
Whatever you do, it is important not to rush into a getting a place together without thinking things through properly first. However if you are prepared, ready and you’ve discussed the matter together, it could be one of the best things you ever do.
This guest post was written by Ricky from Flirtinghub.com – the free site for online flirting, dating and romance. Thanks for reading.