The day has arrived! You are your man are taking your relationship to the next level. No, you’re not getting married – yet. You are shacking up!
Moving in with your man is a huge step. Whether you were living on your own before or are moving out of your parents house for the first time, this is a big deal. You’re going to be sharing your space with your boo, your love, so you really have to think about what you’re agreeing to.
When I decided to move in with my boyfriend, I thought about everything from how bills would be paid to who would do the dishes. Luckily, I’m fortunate to have a boyfriend who is great at communicating. Moving in with him was a breeze!
You’re situation may be a bit tricker. Before you start packing your wardrobe and heading out the door to grown womanhood, here are some tips to help you move in with your man.
1. Location. Where are you going to live? Unless your man has an ideal location, or you’re just moving into his place, you want to map out where you want to live. If you live in a big city, like New York City or Los Angeles, remember to take commuting time to and from work into account. And don’t forget safety! The safer the neighborhood the better. You may be living with your man but you should be able to walk the streets alone safely.
2. Budgeting. How much do you want to spend on rent? How big is you credit card bill, or your mans? What of college loans? This should all be discussed and go in your monthly budget. Utilities, food and commuting doesn’t come cheap. Plus, the rent is getting too damn high! Talk to your man about how you’re going to split the bills and make sure to factor in savings and fun money.
3. Packing and sorting. Moving gives us the perfect opportunity to rummage through our things and throw away what no longer serves us. Your move will not only be lighter and less costly, but you will also make room in your new closet for a new wardrobe.
4. Savings. Before moving in together have your own personal savings. You never know when you’ll need extra cash for a rainy day or an emergency. But don’t just save up to cover the first month’s rent.
You should also begin saving with your man months before your move. That way you have a few months rent covered before starting your new life together. It’s the easiest way to transition from living apart to living together. So, cozy up and get to planning.
Kattya Servellon is a lifestyle blogger, beauty guru and relationship expert living the life of a 23 year old Latina from NY. Get to know her and all her lifestyle tips on A Perfect Wreck.
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