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11 Signs It’s Time to Move in With Your Significant Other


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Dec 14, 2023
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The question of the century: “When will it be time to move in together?"

If you've made it to that point, at least you've got the hard stuff out of the way — and meeting the family. According to a report released by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, 67 percent of those currently married had cohabited before marriage with one or more partners. In other words, it's a step in the right direction.

Getting to the point where you're asking yourself if it's time to move in together is oftentimes a great sign. You've come a long way with your significant other and you want to take the next big step in the relationship. The thought of taking such a big step may seem daunting at first, but for many couples, this is the beginning of a long and healthy relationship. What could be better than spending even more time with your best friend, your partner in crime?

It sounds great, but how do you really know if it's time? Although there's no clear-cut answer, aside from marriage, there are a bunch of different things indicative that moving in together is the proper next step.

1. You spend all of your time together​

Need I say more? If you and your significant other already spend all of your time together, then you know most things about each other. If all that time together makes you wish you were living together, then it's a sign that moving in is the next step!

After you've established your relationship together and you can't get enough of each other, moving in together is the right thing to do.

2. You spend most nights together​

When a couple spends nearly all overnights together, it's probably time to get a place together. Because you're already sleeping in the same place, you've begun to see what the real deal will be like.

And if it's working now, it will probably continue to work. You won't have to worry about buying double toothbrushes and face washes, either.

3. You want to move in together​

Don't miss one of the more obvious points here: If you both want it, then you'll find a way to make it work. Regardless of what other people think, moving in together is one of the biggest steps in any relationship, so your own desire to do this is very important.

Psychology Today's Scott Stanley, Ph.D., contributes that “cohabiting experiences may lead to more positive attitudes about marriage." If you feel like it's not the right time, then hold off. But, if both of you seem excited about it, then it's meant to be. It's your relationship, and if both of you have agreed that this is the next step, then plunge onward in love and happiness!

4. You split the bills​

Besides your own individual rent, of course, if you're splitting bills (like groceries, dinner tabs, drinks, etc.), then it's a good sign to show that it's the right time to move in together. You're already splitting everything down the middle, so why not save some money and split the rent, too?

5. You have an animal together​

If you've reached the point in your relationship where you have an animal together, you're probably not far off from moving in together. Adopting an animal with another person is a huge step in a relationship. You're making a commitment that you will both, together, care for a living creature. That's a huge responsibility.

And if you're responsible enough to make that decision and you're in love enough to share the animal, then you're probably at a point where moving in together is a good option.

6. You FaceTime and text all day​

You want the real deal. You can't get enough of each other and it's obvious that your iPhone's battery can only handle so much. Take the next step if you really can't get enough of each other.

7. You've been together for years​

There comes a point in time when moving in together, if for no other reason, is just simply the next logical step in a relationship. If you've made the relationship work for years and years, but you haven't moved in together, maybe it's time to consider that option.

Nobody wants to be in a stagnant relationship, and everyone wants to move forward. Talk to your significant other about this option and see what he or she thinks. It could be the start of your greatest chapter together.

8. The friends and family approve​

This is a great way to determine whether it's the right move or not. Your friends and family know you better than anyone, and if they think it's a good idea, it probably is.

An outsider's view of the relationship is a great measurement of compatibility, especially of those closest to you. Bring it up and see what they think.

9. You have children together​

If you're an untraditional couple and you're not married but have kids together, it's probably time to move in together. Providing a stable home for you and your family is essential, and since you've already begun creating a family together, moving into the same home together is a good next step.

10. Money isn't an issue​

If money isn't an issue in your relationship and you're open with one another about finances, saving and spending, then moving in together could be the proper next step.

This subject matter is one of the most intense amongst couples. According to census.gov, “Among young adults ages 25-34 — the age range at which it is more common to get married and earn at least $40,000 a year — 43 percent of married individuals are at this earnings level compared to 34 percent of unmarried individuals."

If you and your significant other agree about your finances and it isn't an issue, that's an extremely positive sign.

11. You're honest with each other​

This is one of the hardest things to do for many people. Being completely honest with someone is often embarrassing, vulnerable and just plain difficult. But, if you're at the point with your significant other where you can be completely open and honest about everything, then the love you have for each other is a good sign that it's time to move in together. Couples that can have honest, raw conversations together are often long-lasting.

Deep down, you know when the time is right!​

Above all, you should know in your gut when the right time comes to move in with your significant other. But making sure you're checking off all of the things on the list above will ensure you don't jump the bullet too early!

More times than not, moving in with your significant other is the next step in your relationship. When did you move in with your partner? Let us know in the comments below!

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