So you’ve made the decision to move in together — Congratulations!

In order to keep things running smoothly we’d like  to share with you our own insights and suggest a few conversations that are  worth discussing before you take the plunge and sign your name on that infamous  dotted line!

Moving in together is a big step in your  relationship. The worst thing to do upon move in date is assume that everything  will be smooth sailing. Naturally, with change, there are always a few things  that take a little bit of time getting used to. That said, having the tough conversations  before you share a key will help to lay the ground work for each of your expectations  in the long run.

  1. Who’s responsible for what: There are a  lot of jobs around the house that one person would go nuts trying to do on  their own. Figuring out who is going to be taking out the trash, cooking  dinner, cleaning the washrooms and doing the laundry (and how often) is key to  having a smooth day-to-day life! Once settled, the two of you should sit down  and re-evaluate who is doing what to ensure everything is fair. 
  2. Working through the Finances: Be sure to  talk to your partner about finances prior to moving in. You will also want to  ask each other who will be responsible for the bills? We suggest that you have  3 piggy banks; one for each of your personal use/saving and one for the joint  bills. Whoever is “assigned” to keeping an eye on the household finances should  be transparent about the status on a regular basis. This will help eliminate  the blame game. 
  3. Personal Time and Space: It is important  to designate areas of the house that each of you can go to for your own  personal time and space. We believe you when you say you are happily in love,  however it is important to determine these areas as we all know that some time  apart is healthy for everyone’s relationship. 

We can’t make any promises, but we can  assure you that you will certainly be better off having had these conversations  beforehand. Now getting chatting so that you can work together in creating a  solid foundation for a life where you both live happily ever after.