It’s Clearly Time to Move in With Your Partner — Here Are the Signs

Shacking up with your partner is a big step, and one that requires some serious consideration on both ends. How do you know for sure if it’s the right move? If you’re at a crossroads in your relationship and are considering taking things to the next level, it may be time you and your significant other start house hunting for a place to call your own. Here are five signs it’s time to move in together.

1. Your reasons for moving in together align

Man proposing to his girlfriend

If you both want to get married, it might make sense to move in together. |

Discussing what cohabitation will look like is obviously a pretty essential conversation you and your partner need to have. What are you looking to get out of it? Are you hoping it will eventually lead to an engagement? According to The Huffington Post, you and your partner need to discuss your respective goals prior to actually moving in together. It’s imperative you’re both on the same page, and you won’t know until you ask yourselves this very real question. If your answer aligns with that of your partner, it’s a good sign. If you find yourselves on completely different pages, though, you might want to reconsider.

2. You don’t feel pressured to move in together

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Does moving in feel natural? |

There’s a big difference between feeling pressured to move in with your partner and actually wanting to. Just because you’ve been dating for years doesn’t mean shacking up is the next, or best, step for your relationship. If there’s any question in your mind, Jessica Massa, author of The Gaggle: How the Guys You Know Will Help You Find the Love You Want, tells Glamour you should wait. Don’t ignore your instinct if you know deep down you’re not 100% ready.

3. You’ve vacationed together

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If traveling together is a breeze, cohabiting should be just fine. |

Before you actually move in, it’s likely you will have been on one or two trips together. Whether it’s a relaxing vacation on the beach or a European tour, there’s no question you can learn a lot about someone when you travel with them. As Elite Daily says, if you’re able to effortlessly enjoy around-the-clock time with your partner for several days at a time, you may be well on your way to a successful living situation. But of course, be sure to heed caution with this one. Lying around on the beach for a few days with no worries in sight may not give you a very accurate look into real life scenarios. Backpacking through a foreign country on the other hand, will likely test your cohabitation skills as a couple.

4. You respect each other’s space

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Living together means you both still have autonomy. |

Living together doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking second with one another. Actually, it’s quite the opposite. While there’s no denying you’d rather be with your partner more often than not, you also need to recognize your own needs. Giving one another space will ultimately make for a happier living situation.

Besides, it’s not always going to be enjoyable when you’re together. There will be days when your partner comes home totally spent from a bad day at work. As Cosmopolitan says, you’ll both need your alone time, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Even if you don’t have the luxury of holding onto your own apartment, like Carrie did in Sex and the City, there are times when you just need to be alone. If you recognize and respect this, you and your partner are headed in the right direction.

5. Your arguments aren’t the end of the world

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Arguments lean more towards discussions. |

You and your partner have had arguments. You’ve also managed to overcome these arguments. Like any real relationship, you’re bound to disagree from time to time. As your relationship has grown, and progressed, you’ve been able to learn how to better deal with those times of disagreement. As Bustle mentions, couples who are ready to move in together know not every fight has to be catastrophic.

Making the decision to move in together doesn’t mean you’re vowing to never fight again, but it does mean you’re committing to working through your arguments for the sake of a healthy relationship.