Living together with your partner can be comforting and it can come with a lot of benefits as well. Not only can you share your expenses with your partner, but you get to experience the feeling of coming back home to the one you love. While the comfort is there, a multitude of problems can arise as well. These can include the physical, actual things in your new home, or the entirely new experience of living with your partner.
Since there is no smooth sailing anywhere, it is important to remember that practicality is an important aspect of living with your partner. To begin with, the reason why you have chosen to live together should be clear. Are you going to live together because you're getting married soon? Or perhaps you are at the 'live-in' stage of your relationship?
Whatever may be driving your decision to live together, you need to be clear whether you are going to rent the place or buy it. This will form the basis of your finances and help both of you set a clear budget for necessities and luxuries. A good way to decide whether to buy or rent is to be clear about the jobs you both have, or if one opts to work and the other one decides to stay at home. This can help evaluate the budget and finances, and whether you have enough money to actually buy a place.
You also need to discuss what is allowed and not. For instance, one of you may not like having parties at home. So, don't try to change your partner. Try to come to terms and define limits that correspond with the habits of both you and your partner. You need to be aware of each other's habits and respectful of each other's choices. Below are a few things to consider for couples who have decided to move in together.
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