Taking the Next Step Together in Dulles, VA
Moving in with a significant other is a huge step in any relationship. It signifies taking the relationship to the next level and sharing even more of your time and life with that special someone. If you are considering moving in with your significant other, we at Lerner Parc Dulles want to help you make it as seamless a transition as possible. Here are some of our best tips from experience for moving in with a significant other.
1. Create a Budget
The number one source of arguments among married couples (i.e. a huge chunk of couples that live together) is finances. When living apart from one another, it is easy to go on and manage (or not manage) your money however you see fit. However, when moving in with another person it is important to be fiscally responsible and have a budget outlined. We recommend creating a spreadsheet with all of your monthly expenses you will be splitting. This may include, but is certainly not limited to:
- Miscellaneous expenses
While what you have to be financially responsible for will vary depending on the apartment community you live in, an outlined budget will show exactly how much each person must contribute each month so that there is no confusion. Many cohabiting couples find it useful to put this money in a joint account to handle all living expenses from one account each month.
2. Set House Rules
While it may seem silly, house rules can make a huge difference in how you and your significant other approach living together. These rules can help develop mutual respect because they outline expectations and responsibilities. House rules may include things like no loud music or games after a certain time, or outline who is responsible for certain chores. Having these expectations verbalized will lead to less arguments and more accountability in the early months of moving in together and adjusting to each other’s living style.
3. Create Your Own Spaces
Even though you are living together, that does not mean you can’t have your own space. Space is just as important in a relationship as is spending quality time together. Develop areas of the apartment where you can have your own small space – as this will obviously be limited by square footage when living in an apartment home. For example, you may have a corner of the bedroom where one person keeps their yoga mat or workout equipment while the other person may have their own desk for video games or work.
4. Learn to Give a Little
Relationships are all about give and take, and this becomes absolutely key when moving in with a significant other. This is especially true if this is your first time moving in with a roommate. You will naturally want things to all go your way and cook, do chores, etc. the way you grew up doing that. However, you must learn to give and take and be patient with one another as you navigate what each individual needs in the relationship and living arrangement.
5. Make Sure You Are Ready
Lastly, and most importantly, make sure you and your significant other are truly ready to move in together. Weigh your options and have an open conversation about expectations and goals. If this is not the right time, do not rush it. It is important to know you are confident in this decision and ready to share an intimate part of your life with someone you love.
Find Your Apartment Together at Lerner Parc Dulles
If you are ready to take the leap into finding an apartment with your significant other, why not the beautiful apartment homes at Lerner Parc Dulles in Dulles, VA? The area is near tons of restaurants and shopping options to give the two of you several fun things and areas to explore, and our amenities can simply not be beat! Take a look at our one, two and three bedroom floorplans to find the space that best fits your needs. Come visit us to learn more about making Lerner Parc Dulles your first apartment home together in Dulles, VA.