Taking the step of moving in with your partner is a big decision and it will require both compromise and good communication skills to make sure your relationship continues to strengthen and grow.
A good relationship doesn’t simply happen; it is life-time commitment which will require work and effort, however in the longer term, the more you put in, the more you will get out.
Making it work from the beginning
If you are planning on moving in together take time to talk about what is important to both of you. This can be as far ranging as making sure dirty clothing is put in the laundry basket and not left on the bedroom floor, through to how you will manage your finances. Expect a few surprises and be prepared to make a few compromises.
Getting your finances in order
Will you open a joint bank account, or will you maintain separate accounts and split the bills, and who will be responsible for ensuring bills are paid on time? You may also like to consider taking out income protection insurance in case one of you is unable to work due to an illness or accident.
Being respectful of each other
A good relationship will make you happier and healthier and being supportive of each other is one of the most important elements in a respectful and healthy relationship. Be open to discuss how you will support each other in managing the household duties and paying the bills, as well as supporting each other emotionally to achieve your personal goals and those you are planning for your lives together. Remember there will be bad times as well as the good, which you will need to work through together.
Communication is the key
Being able to talk to each other openly and honestly is the key to a good relationship. If you don’t like something your partner is doing then talk to them about it; they’re not a mind reader and it is unlikely they will link your sullen mood to their having left the milk out of the fridge again!