Moving in together is a major step. You agree to share your immediate daily living space with another person, their habits, their whims, the boring way they chew their food. While love and romance are certainly a part of it, it is always good to prepare for the practical aspects.
House is as important as home
Discuss in advance the specifics of your residence – neighborhood, number of rooms needed, etc. Take the time to check out the options and see what works for both of you.
DO NOT postpone the discussion with your respective families until the last minute. If either or both of you are still living with your parents, be sure to give them time to get used to the idea, not just to move, but to live with a partner. Even if you’ve already left the house, chat. Include them in the decision but make sure they don’t take over your decisions!
Once you’ve moved in, be sure to share and coordinate household chores as well. Assuming the two of you work, neither of you wants to go home in front of a mountain of dishes or a burning kitchen smell. Get help if possible because you won’t want to go home and cook or wash every day.
Fix the money
KEEP your finances and make sure you have a budget that you both agree on. Remember that you will have different ideas about spending and what constitutes a budget. Listen to each other and try to reach consensus.
DO NOT ABANDON your individual bank accounts. Create a joint account if you want household expenses, etc. But also keep your accounts separate. It is only practical to maintain a semblance of independence.
Together but individual
Save time for your own interests and hobbies. It’s easy, when we live together, to start doing everything together. Take the time to see your friends, catch up on things you like or just a few hours of free time. Space is essential.
On the other hand, don’t start taking your partner for granted just because you see him all the time. Be there to listen when they have had a hard day at work, have dates whenever possible and keep the romance alive.
And have fun!
Remember to be nice. The people we live with tend to get on our nerves, even the ones we love the most. You will probably suddenly discover dozens of tiny little habits that were cute earlier, but that makes you want to pull your hair out now. She snores, he leaves toothpaste all over the sink … etc., etc.