You and your significant other have decided to move in together – congrats! This is an exciting step and a huge transition. However, it is not all excitement and fun. As a professional moving company, we understand that combining households is no easy feat when tackled alone and is a decision that should not be taken lightly. As with any move, there are some necessary steps and tasks you can complete before your moving day to make the transition as smooth as possible. That’s why our team is here to help: here are Deluxe Moving & Storage’s top 6 tips for successfully moving in together.
Tip #1: Timing is Everything
There are plenty of other blogs dedicated to helping you determine when the best time to move in with your significant other is. When we say timing is important, we don’t mean for your relationship. Instead, we mean that it is important to time your move so that it gives both of you time to prepare and consider all options before your moving day. Pick a timeline that works for all parties so that no one is left scrambling and trying to play catch up. Being on the same page with whoever you are moving in with is crucial for any kind of successful move.
Tip #2: Which Home?
The next step is deciding whether you will be inviting your significant other to move into your current home, do the opposite and move into their space, or find a new place altogether. Your current mortgage or lease situations will have an impact on your choice, so you want to have that discussion now so that you can start to plan properly. We find that a lot of couples go for moving to a brand-new space because it helps them get excited for their new lives together. That being said, we have done plenty of moves helping one person move their belongings into their significant other’s place. It really is up to you!
Tip #3: Discuss Finances Early
Always discuss your finances before you start packing any boxes! Having the financial conversation as soon as possible helps ensure that you can set any money aside to move, coordinate bill payments, and discuss any other monetary expectations to help ease any future tension or issues. Always be honest about your budgeting goals to make sure you are on the same page before you commit to anything together. This is also a great time to discuss legal matters and consider drafting a cohabitation agreement. We know some couples shy away from this topic, but it really is so important in providing both of you financial security and safety should the relationship end while you are living together.
Tip #4: Take Inventory
On a lighter note, always take inventory of all of your combined items. Naturally, combining households almost always means downsizing and turning two people’s belongings into one set of belongings. We recommend doing this step together so that you don’t end up getting rid of things you may actually need. Make a list of what furniture each party is bringing with them, what items you may need to get, and which you have duplicates of. Which one of you has the newer or nice couch? Will it fit in your new space? Can you get rid of any duplicate kitchen items? Do either of you have a bed that you both like? These are just some of the questions you should be asking each other before moving day.
Tip #5: Consider Storage Solutions
After taking inventory of all of your combined belongings, there may be some things you can’t part with but won’t have room for in your shared space. For instance, you may have a table you love but you won’t be able to fit it into your new home. Or you have too many home décor items that don’t make sense to bring with you. This is when storage comes in handy! Our friends at Franklin Self Storage have plenty of options available both for temporary and long-term storage. This is also extremely helpful if you plan on moving to a bigger space in the future and will need your belongings back when you can fit them into a bigger space.
Tip #6: Hire the Right Help
Moving in together can be a stressful situation and you are going to want all the help you can get. While your friends and families are lovely for offering this help, you will almost always regret not hiring professional movers. Our team at Deluxe Moving & Storage in Cambridge can not only help you on moving day, but we also offer packing and unpacking services to help make your transition that much smoother. Whether you are moving across town or relocating somewhere new altogether, we are here to tackle all of the hard work you are surely dreading. Leave it all to us so that you can focus on the exciting parts of moving in together!
We hope this blog helps all the couples out there feel more prepared for your moving day! Again, combining households is an exciting step in any relationship but can be stressful if you don’t prepare and have the right support around you. Follow these tips to make your move as smooth and stress-free as possible.
Want more moving tips and advice? Never hesitate to contact our team with any questions you might have about the moving process. Whether you’re moving across the street or to a brand new city, choosing Deluxe Moving & Storage for your next move is the best thing you can do to ensure a safe and healthy moving experience for you and your loved ones. Learn more about our moving services and packing services and don’t forget to fill out our FREE, no-obligation quote form. We can help make your move easier and safer. Leave the work to us!