Cohabitation is becoming the new normal for many couples. According to a report from NPR, over 65 percent of marriages today are couples who were already living together. Lots of planning and coordination takes place when merging two households under one roof. Follow this step-by-step guide on moving in with your soon-to-be husband or wife!
Step 1: Evaluate furniture of both homes
If you both had your own place before, there’s a high chance you’ll come across duplicate things when sorting through each other’s belongings. Come to a mutual agreement when deciding which item to get rid of. If both items are in good shape and not needed elsewhere in the home, sell it at a community garage sale. Sorting through 2X the stuff is going to be tough work, but you can do it! Create a toss, keep, sell, and donation pile so you can physically see what is staying and what is going away. This is a great organization tactic to quickly reduce clutter around the apartment and keep moving costs low.
Step 2: Deciding on a home
The next step in the process of moving in with your fiancé is deciding where to live: your place, their place, or a new place. The decision really comes down to what situation best meets each individual’s needs, such as location, number of rooms, rent price, etc. Say you and your fiancé like the area of your apartment because it’s close to both your jobs, then it would make sense for them to move into your place. If both of your lease agreements are nearing expiration, consider looking for a new apartment together. When you move, keep in mind the moving costs.
Step 3: Get financial documents ready for lease
Whether you lease a new unit together or add another person to the current agreement, proper documentation is going to be required. Whoever is moving in will typically have to provide payment stubs or proof of employment letter, a credit check, and legal identification. Reference letters and a list of past addresses are good to have on hand when filling out the contract. Get these vital documentations to the leasing office right away to avoid delaying the move-in. Recently married couples will most likely have to show a proof of name change if applicable.
Step 4: Packing the apartment
After you have secured a rental and have a move-in date, it’s time to start the fun stuff: packing! There’s plenty of ways to make the packing process go smoothly, especially when you can efficiently pack a moving box.
Step 5: Moving out of the apartment
Lastly, you’ll need to decide who is going to do the heavy lifting. If you’re moving in with your significant other into their apartment and only have a few things, you might save some money on moving (which can be used towards the wedding) by doing it yourself. Movers come in handy when moving large furniture and boxes from multiple rooms. Get quotes from moving companies or rental vans so you can get the best deal.
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