For a lot of young couples, moving into an apartment or home together seems like a great option. It is not only the logical next step in a serious romantic relationship, but it can also be a cost-efficient option when it comes to rent, bills and more. That being said, there are some very important signs to be aware of that it might just be too soon for you and your partner to move in with one another. So, if you and your partner are thinking about moving in together, here are some important signs that it might be too soon.
You’re using it as a way to test how serious things are
If you are thinking about moving in together just because you want to see how far your relationship can go, chances are it’s too soon. Moving in together is a serious decision. It not only means you’ll be spending a lot more time together, it also means that you will have to start sharing your personal space, sharing your money and much more. This is a major factor to keep in mind when weighing your options.
You have yet to have your first big argument
You’ve probably heard of terms like the honeymoon phase and puppy love. These terms refer to the beginning of relationships where everything seems perfect and you can’t even imagine ever fighting with your significant other. If you’ve yet to have a major fight and then manage to come back from it, then it is likely too soon to think about moving in together. You want to be sure that your relationship can stand up to a big fight, because if you can, chances are good you’re going to be stronger as a couple once you work your way through it.
You have not talked about the raw numbers
Conversations about money and financial goals are far from fun, but they’re really important. If you find yourself avoiding conversations about money now, it could lead to serious issues and arguments later in the future. Truth is, couples that argue about finances early on are at a greater risk of breaking up than couples that do not. Things that are important to keep in mind are how bills will be shared, who will cover the majority of rent, and what your monthly budget for food, entertainment and more should be so that you can maintain a healthy financial situation.
There is a roommate involved
If you have a roommate and are thinking about inviting your significant other to move in with you, you absolutely have to consult your roommate and make sure that they are okay with the new arrangement. This is true whether your roommate is your oldest friend, or someone that you moved in with out of convenience. Before your significant other moves in, you and your roommate need to talk about important things like how rent and paying bills might change, and rules about public areas, to name a few.
If you are not prepared to have that conversation, take it as a sign that you are not ready to make this big life decision. On top of this, you must truly consider your roommate’s wishes in this matter. If they are uncomfortable with your significant other moving in with you, you have to take that into serious consideration.
You are using it as a potential fix for relationship issues
If you are already facing some issues within your relationship, don’t think that moving in together is going to fix those problems. If you have experienced a relationship crisis such as an affair or a serious lapse of trust, what you may actually need is some space in the relationship. Moving in together will give you the opposite of personal space and that is definitely something to keep in mind.
You feel pressured to move in together
Whether pressure is coming from your significant other or societal norms, don’t let this pressure make this very important decision for you. In order to be sure that you are ready to move in together, you have to be confident that you are personally ready without any outside pressure. If you feel you are ready to move in without any type of pressure acting on you, then chances are good you and your relationship are up to the very exciting challenge.