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Things to talk about before moving in together.

7 Topics Couples Should Discuss Before Moving in Together

May 28, 20245 min read

"The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.”

- Earnest Hemingway

Ready to take your relationship to the next level and move in with your significant other?

Congratulations on your cohabitation! You’re about to enter the world of shared storage space and household chore negotiations. Having open and honest conversations about expectations and boundaries ensures a harmonious and enjoyable shared living space. It’s like deciding to share your favorite dessert when you both really want it, but with more cooperation, understanding, and emotional growth.

Hard discussions couples need to have.

1. Finances Unfiltered: Discussing Finances Before Moving in Together

Kick off with a romantic candlelit dinner where the main course is your financial realities. Nothing says love like opening up about credit scores and debit. It’s important to lay all your cards on the table, even if some of them are maxed out. When you discuss finances before moving in together, you can budget for both your dream home and your dream date nights.

2. To Infinity and Beyond… or Just Lease Terms

Before you sign on the dotted line, decide if you’ll own or rent your shared space. If you’re renting, decide whose name(s) will be on the lease. This has implications for responsibility and rights. Buying a home? Consider the implications of joint ownership. Talk about what would happen if - for any reason - one of you decides to move out in the future. Yeah... discussing what happens if things don’t work out might seem awkward, but it’s smart to have a mutual plan.

Managing living habits and responsibilities as a couple

3. The Cost of Being a Grown-Up: Budgeting Beyond Expected Living Expenses

Sure, you’ll split rent or mortgage, but what about those sneaky costs like internet and streaming services for at home date day marathons or unexpected car troubles? Budgeting for these together ensures you won’t have to eat instant noodles for a month because the refrigerator went kaput.

4. Designing Your Shared Space: Creating a Home That Reflects Both Personalities

Creating a space that whispers “us” is the next step. Your home should be a comfortable space that reflects both of your personalities and preferences.  Whether you’re into minimalist chic or retro clutter, find a happy medium that doesn’t involve arguing over if a life-sized poster of a superhero counts as “art.” It’s about compromise and sometimes, putting the less appealing stuff in storage.

Working through differences as a couple

5. Choosing your Perfect Headquarters: Balance

Choosing the right location as a couple is crucial for both your daily commutes, lifestyle preferences, and social lives. Consider what’s important for both of you and meets your shared needs, whether it’s proximity to work, family, or leisure activities. Or at least somewhere that has a decent coffee shop for those mornings after your late-night DIY project. [Shout out to Fitti’s Espresso, exceptional locally owned Kansas City Northland ambient coffee shop. 10/10 recommend.]

6. Blending Daily Routines: Harmonizing Living Habits and Responsibilities

Living together means blending your lives, routines, and possibly your questionable taste in music. It’s discovering joys in the little things, like whose turn it is to buy toilet paper or learning to appreciate each other's quirks - like someone’s inexplicable love for vacuuming at 7 AM on a Saturday. It’s me, I’m her, I’m the inexplicable AM vacuum bandit.

Creating a home that reflects both partner's styles

7. Ensure Your Team Thrives in the Future: Setting Shared Goals and Expectations

Last on this list (but not the last of hard conversations you'll have as you grow) chat about what comes next. Having shared goals and understanding each other's expectations for the future is important. Discuss your aspirations: are you gunning for pet parent, plant parent, or human parent status? Plans to turn your dining room into a home office or a gathering space for frequent company? It’s like plotting your own adventure story where the next chapter might involve adopting a dog or, dare I say, a DIY thrifted furniture repurposing project.

Things couples Should Consider Before Moving in Together

Conclusion

Moving in together is an adventure packed with learning curves, grace, laughter, understanding, and love. But let us not forget, this significant milestone requires more than just love; it needs planning, communication, and compromise. Crafting a unique life together that reflects your bond, complete with the perk of sampling two restaurant meals when you can’t decide so you get both and split em' in half. Here’s to your journey of cohabitation! May your biggest argument only ever be about the fundamentals of loading a dishwasher.

Other related blogs you might find helpful: 7 Reasons to Love Homeownership, Tips for Reviving a Fixer-Upper, The True Value of a Realtor

🖤

[Before you go, take a minute to explore my helpful links. Each affiliate link is an American based resource I found valuable, and I think you might too. Should one of these links guide you to something you love, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It's a simple and transparent way you can support my blog, allowing me to continue bringing you the valuable insights and real stories you enjoy. Thank you for your trust and support.]

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Stephanie Cunningham, Realtor

With years of experience in real estate, I'm here to share insights that can help you navigate your property decisions with confidence. Unpacking the intricacies of the market, offering you transparency and support as you face significant life decisions. It’s my mission to arm you with the knowledge you need ensuring you're informed and ready to take action.

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Home Selling

Things to talk about before moving in together.

7 Topics Couples Should Discuss Before Moving in Together

May 28, 20245 min read

"The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.”

- Earnest Hemingway

Ready to take your relationship to the next level and move in with your significant other?

Congratulations on your cohabitation! You’re about to enter the world of shared storage space and household chore negotiations. Having open and honest conversations about expectations and boundaries ensures a harmonious and enjoyable shared living space. It’s like deciding to share your favorite dessert when you both really want it, but with more cooperation, understanding, and emotional growth.

Hard discussions couples need to have.

1. Finances Unfiltered: Discussing Finances Before Moving in Together

Kick off with a romantic candlelit dinner where the main course is your financial realities. Nothing says love like opening up about credit scores and debit. It’s important to lay all your cards on the table, even if some of them are maxed out. When you discuss finances before moving in together, you can budget for both your dream home and your dream date nights.

2. To Infinity and Beyond… or Just Lease Terms

Before you sign on the dotted line, decide if you’ll own or rent your shared space. If you’re renting, decide whose name(s) will be on the lease. This has implications for responsibility and rights. Buying a home? Consider the implications of joint ownership. Talk about what would happen if - for any reason - one of you decides to move out in the future. Yeah... discussing what happens if things don’t work out might seem awkward, but it’s smart to have a mutual plan.

Managing living habits and responsibilities as a couple

3. The Cost of Being a Grown-Up: Budgeting Beyond Expected Living Expenses

Sure, you’ll split rent or mortgage, but what about those sneaky costs like internet and streaming services for at home date day marathons or unexpected car troubles? Budgeting for these together ensures you won’t have to eat instant noodles for a month because the refrigerator went kaput.

4. Designing Your Shared Space: Creating a Home That Reflects Both Personalities

Creating a space that whispers “us” is the next step. Your home should be a comfortable space that reflects both of your personalities and preferences.  Whether you’re into minimalist chic or retro clutter, find a happy medium that doesn’t involve arguing over if a life-sized poster of a superhero counts as “art.” It’s about compromise and sometimes, putting the less appealing stuff in storage.

Working through differences as a couple

5. Choosing your Perfect Headquarters: Balance

Choosing the right location as a couple is crucial for both your daily commutes, lifestyle preferences, and social lives. Consider what’s important for both of you and meets your shared needs, whether it’s proximity to work, family, or leisure activities. Or at least somewhere that has a decent coffee shop for those mornings after your late-night DIY project. [Shout out to Fitti’s Espresso, exceptional locally owned Kansas City Northland ambient coffee shop. 10/10 recommend.]

6. Blending Daily Routines: Harmonizing Living Habits and Responsibilities

Living together means blending your lives, routines, and possibly your questionable taste in music. It’s discovering joys in the little things, like whose turn it is to buy toilet paper or learning to appreciate each other's quirks - like someone’s inexplicable love for vacuuming at 7 AM on a Saturday. It’s me, I’m her, I’m the inexplicable AM vacuum bandit.

Creating a home that reflects both partner's styles

7. Ensure Your Team Thrives in the Future: Setting Shared Goals and Expectations

Last on this list (but not the last of hard conversations you'll have as you grow) chat about what comes next. Having shared goals and understanding each other's expectations for the future is important. Discuss your aspirations: are you gunning for pet parent, plant parent, or human parent status? Plans to turn your dining room into a home office or a gathering space for frequent company? It’s like plotting your own adventure story where the next chapter might involve adopting a dog or, dare I say, a DIY thrifted furniture repurposing project.

Things couples Should Consider Before Moving in Together

Conclusion

Moving in together is an adventure packed with learning curves, grace, laughter, understanding, and love. But let us not forget, this significant milestone requires more than just love; it needs planning, communication, and compromise. Crafting a unique life together that reflects your bond, complete with the perk of sampling two restaurant meals when you can’t decide so you get both and split em' in half. Here’s to your journey of cohabitation! May your biggest argument only ever be about the fundamentals of loading a dishwasher.

Other related blogs you might find helpful: 7 Reasons to Love Homeownership, Tips for Reviving a Fixer-Upper, The True Value of a Realtor

🖤

[Before you go, take a minute to explore my helpful links. Each affiliate link is an American based resource I found valuable, and I think you might too. Should one of these links guide you to something you love, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It's a simple and transparent way you can support my blog, allowing me to continue bringing you the valuable insights and real stories you enjoy. Thank you for your trust and support.]

College Hunks Hauling Junk – A Northland Kansas City Moving Company

Book a Moving Job

AJ Madison

No Interest Financing if paid in full within 12 Months on major appliance purchases $499+ at AJMadison.com!

Big Savings on our Closeout Appliances at AJMAdison.com!

Modloft - Modern Luxury Furniture

Modloft Product Bundles - Save an additional 10-30% when you combine items.

Get $100 Off Your First Modloft Order with code DESIGNDELIVERED; new customers only.

Visual Comfort & Co. is your premier resource for designer lighting for visual comfort.

Visual Comfort & Co. Ceilings Best Sellers

KEETSA Mattress: A1 - The Mattress, Thoughtfully Crafted

Zinus – Affordable Bedroom Furniture and Mattresses

Zinus - Free Shipping

Get a FREE Estimate on LeafFilter and End Gutter Cleaning Forever.

Senior & Military Special! Save 10% on LeafFilter Year-Round and End Gutter Cleaning Forever. 

See More At Your Front Door With Arlo Video Doorbells

Build a personalized Alro Security Bundle & Save up to 30%

Magid Glove & Safety (evergreen)

Discuss finances with your partner before moving in togethershould we rent or buy when moving in togethersplitting household costs as a couplecreating a home that reflects both partnersconsiderations for couples moving in togethersetting future goals and plans with your significant other
blog author image

Stephanie Cunningham, Realtor

With years of experience in real estate, I'm here to share insights that can help you navigate your property decisions with confidence. Unpacking the intricacies of the market, offering you transparency and support as you face significant life decisions. It’s my mission to arm you with the knowledge you need ensuring you're informed and ready to take action.

Back to Blog

Home Buying

Things to talk about before moving in together.

7 Topics Couples Should Discuss Before Moving in Together

May 28, 20245 min read

"The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.”

- Earnest Hemingway

Ready to take your relationship to the next level and move in with your significant other?

Congratulations on your cohabitation! You’re about to enter the world of shared storage space and household chore negotiations. Having open and honest conversations about expectations and boundaries ensures a harmonious and enjoyable shared living space. It’s like deciding to share your favorite dessert when you both really want it, but with more cooperation, understanding, and emotional growth.

Hard discussions couples need to have.

1. Finances Unfiltered: Discussing Finances Before Moving in Together

Kick off with a romantic candlelit dinner where the main course is your financial realities. Nothing says love like opening up about credit scores and debit. It’s important to lay all your cards on the table, even if some of them are maxed out. When you discuss finances before moving in together, you can budget for both your dream home and your dream date nights.

2. To Infinity and Beyond… or Just Lease Terms

Before you sign on the dotted line, decide if you’ll own or rent your shared space. If you’re renting, decide whose name(s) will be on the lease. This has implications for responsibility and rights. Buying a home? Consider the implications of joint ownership. Talk about what would happen if - for any reason - one of you decides to move out in the future. Yeah... discussing what happens if things don’t work out might seem awkward, but it’s smart to have a mutual plan.

Managing living habits and responsibilities as a couple

3. The Cost of Being a Grown-Up: Budgeting Beyond Expected Living Expenses

Sure, you’ll split rent or mortgage, but what about those sneaky costs like internet and streaming services for at home date day marathons or unexpected car troubles? Budgeting for these together ensures you won’t have to eat instant noodles for a month because the refrigerator went kaput.

4. Designing Your Shared Space: Creating a Home That Reflects Both Personalities

Creating a space that whispers “us” is the next step. Your home should be a comfortable space that reflects both of your personalities and preferences.  Whether you’re into minimalist chic or retro clutter, find a happy medium that doesn’t involve arguing over if a life-sized poster of a superhero counts as “art.” It’s about compromise and sometimes, putting the less appealing stuff in storage.

Working through differences as a couple

5. Choosing your Perfect Headquarters: Balance

Choosing the right location as a couple is crucial for both your daily commutes, lifestyle preferences, and social lives. Consider what’s important for both of you and meets your shared needs, whether it’s proximity to work, family, or leisure activities. Or at least somewhere that has a decent coffee shop for those mornings after your late-night DIY project. [Shout out to Fitti’s Espresso, exceptional locally owned Kansas City Northland ambient coffee shop. 10/10 recommend.]

6. Blending Daily Routines: Harmonizing Living Habits and Responsibilities

Living together means blending your lives, routines, and possibly your questionable taste in music. It’s discovering joys in the little things, like whose turn it is to buy toilet paper or learning to appreciate each other's quirks - like someone’s inexplicable love for vacuuming at 7 AM on a Saturday. It’s me, I’m her, I’m the inexplicable AM vacuum bandit.

Creating a home that reflects both partner's styles

7. Ensure Your Team Thrives in the Future: Setting Shared Goals and Expectations

Last on this list (but not the last of hard conversations you'll have as you grow) chat about what comes next. Having shared goals and understanding each other's expectations for the future is important. Discuss your aspirations: are you gunning for pet parent, plant parent, or human parent status? Plans to turn your dining room into a home office or a gathering space for frequent company? It’s like plotting your own adventure story where the next chapter might involve adopting a dog or, dare I say, a DIY thrifted furniture repurposing project.

Things couples Should Consider Before Moving in Together

Conclusion

Moving in together is an adventure packed with learning curves, grace, laughter, understanding, and love. But let us not forget, this significant milestone requires more than just love; it needs planning, communication, and compromise. Crafting a unique life together that reflects your bond, complete with the perk of sampling two restaurant meals when you can’t decide so you get both and split em' in half. Here’s to your journey of cohabitation! May your biggest argument only ever be about the fundamentals of loading a dishwasher.

Other related blogs you might find helpful: 7 Reasons to Love Homeownership, Tips for Reviving a Fixer-Upper, The True Value of a Realtor

🖤

[Before you go, take a minute to explore my helpful links. Each affiliate link is an American based resource I found valuable, and I think you might too. Should one of these links guide you to something you love, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It's a simple and transparent way you can support my blog, allowing me to continue bringing you the valuable insights and real stories you enjoy. Thank you for your trust and support.]

College Hunks Hauling Junk – A Northland Kansas City Moving Company

Book a Moving Job

AJ Madison

No Interest Financing if paid in full within 12 Months on major appliance purchases $499+ at AJMadison.com!

Big Savings on our Closeout Appliances at AJMAdison.com!

Modloft - Modern Luxury Furniture

Modloft Product Bundles - Save an additional 10-30% when you combine items.

Get $100 Off Your First Modloft Order with code DESIGNDELIVERED; new customers only.

Visual Comfort & Co. is your premier resource for designer lighting for visual comfort.

Visual Comfort & Co. Ceilings Best Sellers

KEETSA Mattress: A1 - The Mattress, Thoughtfully Crafted

Zinus – Affordable Bedroom Furniture and Mattresses

Zinus - Free Shipping

Get a FREE Estimate on LeafFilter and End Gutter Cleaning Forever.

Senior & Military Special! Save 10% on LeafFilter Year-Round and End Gutter Cleaning Forever. 

See More At Your Front Door With Arlo Video Doorbells

Build a personalized Alro Security Bundle & Save up to 30%

Magid Glove & Safety (evergreen)

Discuss finances with your partner before moving in togethershould we rent or buy when moving in togethersplitting household costs as a couplecreating a home that reflects both partnersconsiderations for couples moving in togethersetting future goals and plans with your significant other
blog author image

Stephanie Cunningham, Realtor

With years of experience in real estate, I'm here to share insights that can help you navigate your property decisions with confidence. Unpacking the intricacies of the market, offering you transparency and support as you face significant life decisions. It’s my mission to arm you with the knowledge you need ensuring you're informed and ready to take action.

Back to Blog

Homeownership

Things to talk about before moving in together.

7 Topics Couples Should Discuss Before Moving in Together

May 28, 20245 min read

"The best way to find out if you can trust someone is to trust them.”

- Earnest Hemingway

Ready to take your relationship to the next level and move in with your significant other?

Congratulations on your cohabitation! You’re about to enter the world of shared storage space and household chore negotiations. Having open and honest conversations about expectations and boundaries ensures a harmonious and enjoyable shared living space. It’s like deciding to share your favorite dessert when you both really want it, but with more cooperation, understanding, and emotional growth.

Hard discussions couples need to have.

1. Finances Unfiltered: Discussing Finances Before Moving in Together

Kick off with a romantic candlelit dinner where the main course is your financial realities. Nothing says love like opening up about credit scores and debit. It’s important to lay all your cards on the table, even if some of them are maxed out. When you discuss finances before moving in together, you can budget for both your dream home and your dream date nights.

2. To Infinity and Beyond… or Just Lease Terms

Before you sign on the dotted line, decide if you’ll own or rent your shared space. If you’re renting, decide whose name(s) will be on the lease. This has implications for responsibility and rights. Buying a home? Consider the implications of joint ownership. Talk about what would happen if - for any reason - one of you decides to move out in the future. Yeah... discussing what happens if things don’t work out might seem awkward, but it’s smart to have a mutual plan.

Managing living habits and responsibilities as a couple

3. The Cost of Being a Grown-Up: Budgeting Beyond Expected Living Expenses

Sure, you’ll split rent or mortgage, but what about those sneaky costs like internet and streaming services for at home date day marathons or unexpected car troubles? Budgeting for these together ensures you won’t have to eat instant noodles for a month because the refrigerator went kaput.

4. Designing Your Shared Space: Creating a Home That Reflects Both Personalities

Creating a space that whispers “us” is the next step. Your home should be a comfortable space that reflects both of your personalities and preferences.  Whether you’re into minimalist chic or retro clutter, find a happy medium that doesn’t involve arguing over if a life-sized poster of a superhero counts as “art.” It’s about compromise and sometimes, putting the less appealing stuff in storage.

Working through differences as a couple

5. Choosing your Perfect Headquarters: Balance

Choosing the right location as a couple is crucial for both your daily commutes, lifestyle preferences, and social lives. Consider what’s important for both of you and meets your shared needs, whether it’s proximity to work, family, or leisure activities. Or at least somewhere that has a decent coffee shop for those mornings after your late-night DIY project. [Shout out to Fitti’s Espresso, exceptional locally owned Kansas City Northland ambient coffee shop. 10/10 recommend.]

6. Blending Daily Routines: Harmonizing Living Habits and Responsibilities

Living together means blending your lives, routines, and possibly your questionable taste in music. It’s discovering joys in the little things, like whose turn it is to buy toilet paper or learning to appreciate each other's quirks - like someone’s inexplicable love for vacuuming at 7 AM on a Saturday. It’s me, I’m her, I’m the inexplicable AM vacuum bandit.

Creating a home that reflects both partner's styles

7. Ensure Your Team Thrives in the Future: Setting Shared Goals and Expectations

Last on this list (but not the last of hard conversations you'll have as you grow) chat about what comes next. Having shared goals and understanding each other's expectations for the future is important. Discuss your aspirations: are you gunning for pet parent, plant parent, or human parent status? Plans to turn your dining room into a home office or a gathering space for frequent company? It’s like plotting your own adventure story where the next chapter might involve adopting a dog or, dare I say, a DIY thrifted furniture repurposing project.

Things couples Should Consider Before Moving in Together

Conclusion

Moving in together is an adventure packed with learning curves, grace, laughter, understanding, and love. But let us not forget, this significant milestone requires more than just love; it needs planning, communication, and compromise. Crafting a unique life together that reflects your bond, complete with the perk of sampling two restaurant meals when you can’t decide so you get both and split em' in half. Here’s to your journey of cohabitation! May your biggest argument only ever be about the fundamentals of loading a dishwasher.

Other related blogs you might find helpful: 7 Reasons to Love Homeownership, Tips for Reviving a Fixer-Upper, The True Value of a Realtor

🖤

[Before you go, take a minute to explore my helpful links. Each affiliate link is an American based resource I found valuable, and I think you might too. Should one of these links guide you to something you love, I may earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. It's a simple and transparent way you can support my blog, allowing me to continue bringing you the valuable insights and real stories you enjoy. Thank you for your trust and support.]

College Hunks Hauling Junk – A Northland Kansas City Moving Company

Book a Moving Job

AJ Madison

No Interest Financing if paid in full within 12 Months on major appliance purchases $499+ at AJMadison.com!

Big Savings on our Closeout Appliances at AJMAdison.com!

Modloft - Modern Luxury Furniture

Modloft Product Bundles - Save an additional 10-30% when you combine items.

Get $100 Off Your First Modloft Order with code DESIGNDELIVERED; new customers only.

Visual Comfort & Co. is your premier resource for designer lighting for visual comfort.

Visual Comfort & Co. Ceilings Best Sellers

KEETSA Mattress: A1 - The Mattress, Thoughtfully Crafted

Zinus – Affordable Bedroom Furniture and Mattresses

Zinus - Free Shipping

Get a FREE Estimate on LeafFilter and End Gutter Cleaning Forever.

Senior & Military Special! Save 10% on LeafFilter Year-Round and End Gutter Cleaning Forever. 

See More At Your Front Door With Arlo Video Doorbells

Build a personalized Alro Security Bundle & Save up to 30%

Magid Glove & Safety (evergreen)

Discuss finances with your partner before moving in togethershould we rent or buy when moving in togethersplitting household costs as a couplecreating a home that reflects both partnersconsiderations for couples moving in togethersetting future goals and plans with your significant other
blog author image

Stephanie Cunningham, Realtor

With years of experience in real estate, I'm here to share insights that can help you navigate your property decisions with confidence. Unpacking the intricacies of the market, offering you transparency and support as you face significant life decisions. It’s my mission to arm you with the knowledge you need ensuring you're informed and ready to take action.

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