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4 Things to Consider Before Moving in Together

by Jun 15, 20200 comments

Moving in with your partner is a BIG step. Forget the “I can’t wait to see you – I’m picking you up for a date” text…

Things. Are. Starting. To. Get. Real.

Perhaps you’re engaged and planning your happily ever after or you’ve been dating long-term and are ready to take your relationship to the next level. One thing we can say is not to take this lightly. It can be one of the happiest, yet frustrating moments of your life.

Here are a few things to consider to ensure you and bae are happy:

  1. Consider your differences:

The first few months can be tough as both of you are adjusting to your new, interdependent life. You may not always see eye to eye on decisions that would would normally only affect you.  Things like your upbringing, what you eat, or your cultural decor placed all over the house is ‘comfort’ for you, but may be difficult for your partner to understand, and vice versa. Learning to compromise, both in this area and others, is the first step for bringing peace to your household and making your partner feel appreciated!

  1. Give each other S P A C E

Thinking back to your ‘days of freedom.’ Those days where you would binge on your favourite series, play video games, read a book, go for a drive while pumping your favourite music, get your hair done or be alone with your thoughts. There is no reason why those things should stop now. Moving in together doesn’t mean that you should be in each other’s face every minute of the day. Creating pockets of ‘alone’ moments for yourselves is the key to allowing each other to just “be” and not feel claustrophobic in your relationship.

3. Communication is key

Poor communication is reportedly the number one reason couples split. Talking through your feelings and the disagreements are vital for a stronger, healthier relationship. Remember, your partner cannot read your mind, so make sure you always express how you feel. If you need some space to get away and think, then do it – especially if it will help you to deal with the issue in a healthy manner.

Poor communication is reportedly the number one reason couples split. Talking through your feelings and the disagreements are vital for a stronger, healthier relationship. Remember, your partner cannot read your mind, so make sure you always express how you feel. If you need some space to get away and think, then do it – especially if it will help you to deal with the issue in a healthy manner.

  1. Compromise

It’s important to put each other’s needs first. Before you make a decision that will have an impact on both of you, make sure you have come to a mutual understanding first. You may not always agree, but compromising is essential to making your partner feel understood and heard. As you are house-hunting, have you considered which provider you will consult with for your home insurance policy? You may each have your preferences, but this can be a tough decision to make. Whatever you decide, always make sure that you go with the most budget-friendly insurance to protect your valuables. You will never regret saving a few extra hundred Rands!

Moving in together can be scary, but it can be an exciting time of your life where you get to live your way and make special memories with your best friend. Make sure you are ready!

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