Moving can sometimes be a difficult process, but when you’re combining two households into one, it comes with its own set of challenges. Communication is essential, of course, but there are specific things you can do to plan for moving in together that will make the process easier. The tips we’ll include here will help you have a more seamless transition when combining two households into one, as well as make sure things stay harmonious once you’ve made the move.
Even if you’re moving into a larger home than either of you currently live in, having a furniture plan is a necessity since some items will most likely have to go. Make arrangements well ahead of time to decide which furniture will be staying and which will be going. If you plan to keep some items that you’ve both agreed won’t fit into the new home, a storage facility may be a good short term solution while you decide whether or not you’ll be keeping the items that won’t be in your joint living space. If you have items that are near and dear to you that you simply can’t live without, it can be helpful to make a list of these so that you both feel comfortable in the new living space. When you do settle on what pieces will work best, take measurements of rooms and furniture to make sure everything fits as planned.
Cohabitating doesn’t just mean you’ll be living together, it also means that you’ll have to share the financial responsibilities in your new home as well. Coordinating your finances ahead of time will make it easier to budget for your joint expenses, as well as reduce the chance of financial disagreements down the road. Make a detailed budget for your monthly expenses and try to include everything you can think of. Once you’ve made a budget, stick to it and try to leave room for some flexibility if you can since unexpected costs do pop up from time to time. If renovating the new home is on your agenda, be sure to look deeply at potential costs and budget accordingly.
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If you have pets or children will be joining the household with you, it’s important that they get time to get know each other and have an opportunity to acclimate to the new environment. You obviously can’t take the exact same approach with both pets and children, but they will need time to get to know one another, ideally before the move occurs. Once it’s time for the move, make sure that the children have their own space to do their preferred activities and pets have access to the things they need as well. Having a dedicated playroom for kids, as well as separate bedrooms if possible, is a good way to smooth things out as they get more comfortable with each other.
As we mentioned above about the importance of children having their own space, you should also consider the same for your significant other or roommate. That doesn’t mean you need to have a “man cave” or “she shed,” but if you feel you need it and have the space accommodate it, it can be a workable solution. More to the point, if you need a dedicated space to work from home, or plan to have a guest room, workout room, or any other space that requires its own room or privacy, make sure you plan for that. Sometimes you can make do with space in the garage for some of these, but many times it makes more sense to commit to an entire room if space permits.