You know things are serious between you and your partner when the both of you decide to move in together. But before you go house-hunting and start packing your things, both of you will need to sit down and figure out what you’ll combine in your new household and what you won’t.
The first and most important thing to discuss is money. Both of you will have house bills in common for such things as rent or mortgage, electricity, water and gas. You’ll need to determine early on who will be responsible for paying what or if you will be dividing expenses equally.
It’s also a good idea to consider who will be in charge of paying for groceries or whether that, too, should be split between you. Remember, money issues are the number one cause of problems for couples. A frank and open discussion about finances can go a long way towards helping you and your partner avoid conflict.
Another topic the both of you would do well to broach is employment. The recent recession has reminded people that jobs can be here today and gone tomorrow. If one of you ends up unemployed at some point, could the other person be able to temporarily pick up the slack?
Although it’s not the most romantic of issues to bring up, you’ll also need to consider what the two of you will do if you both decide to go your separate ways. This is especially important if you happen to sign a lease together or get other services such as a cell phone plan in-common.
And of course, there’s the subject of which furniture and/or household appliances you will use in your new home. It’s more than likely that you’ll see overlap in such things as sofas, dining tables and television sets. And the last thing you’ll want to do is create unnecessary clutter at the beginning of your new life together.
The easiest way to resolve this final dilemma is to contact Lone Star Self-Storage and rent a unit where you can keep what you don’t use in safekeeping. We are a full-service storage facility with quality storage buildings that offers the best prices on storage units that you’ll find anywhere in Austin. Get your relationship started on the right foot today!
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