So you’ve decided to take the plunge as a couple and move in together. Congratulations, this is an exciting time for both of you! To make the most of this next step, keep the following guidelines in mind to make the transition as smooth as possible.

What’s a Rental Agreement?

This is one of the most crucial things to consider as you combine your respective households. Simply put, a rental agreement is a contract between you and your landlord. It identifies who’s renting, which is particularly important if you plan on signing the agreement as a couple. The agreement also defines the terms of living in the new space, such as trash disposal and who to contact for repairs or storage. Make sure to read the document thoroughly so you and your partner know exactly what you both are getting into. There may be attachments with greater specifications of what happens if you want (or need) to break the contract.

How to Consolidate Furniture

When two households become one, it is helpful to think about what to keep and discard from your old place. Furniture, in particular, can be a tricky part of this equation because it is full of such big-ticket items. First, think in terms of the space constraints in your new home. Can you bring in your flat-screen TV? Your bed frame? Just a desk lamp and a nightstand? This can help you begin the process of elimination by removing what obviously won’t fit and considering it for donation.

Keep in mind that you and your partner likely have different tastes in furniture styles. This doesn’t have to be a burden! In fact, it can be exciting because the two of you are now able to define a new style as a couple. Discuss together the type of atmosphere you want to create, and how your respective furniture pieces will contribute to that.

Coordinate Pickup from Two Locations

You probably remember what move-in day was like after you picked up the keys to your own place. To double that process as you and your partner begin the move might seem like a disaster waiting to happen.

Don’t fear! Moving in can be easier than you might think. As noted in the section above, when you combine households, some items will be discarded along the way as you decide what fits into the space and aesthetic of your new home. This streamlines your process by having fewer items to deal with come moving day.

Most critically, find a moving company that is willing to pick up from two different locations – and for a reasonable price. Then coordinate availability with your partner and mover so you can decide the date that you’ll actually move in together. When couples move in together, it begins a long process of defining the relationship and the home itself. Though it’s a big decision, it can help you and your partner grow together as you coordinate routines and goals.

We know moving in with a partner is a big step, and FlatRate is here to help. Get started with a moving quote today!