It’s official, the countdown has begun and there is just one week to go until the wedding of the year.  Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock somewhere you will know that the marriage of Prince Harry to his actress fiancée Meghan Markle is imminent.  To help mark the occasion, MovingSoon wanted to share their top tips on the whole moving in together thing.

Although Harry and Meghan will most likely not have to be concerned about some of the pointers below, we hope it is relevant for our lovely audience.  To anyone getting hitched or moving in together this year, this one is for you.

Be prepared

So, you’ve made the big decision to move in together.  How exciting.  This is a good time to consider how well you know your new cohabiter.

Many couples admit that they did not realise their partner’s bad habits until after they had moved in together.  Sure, after spending many months of overnight stays you know about their snoring and their strange morning routines.  But are you prepared for the full on bum scratching, going the toilet with the door open openness?  Don’t be put off, this won’t happen straight away, maybe not at all, but it does happen.

If you identify an annoying habit you need to decide whether you can live with it or not.  If you really cannot live with it, the best cause of action is to talk about it.  But be sensitive, many of us aren’t aware of our bad habits. And don’t think that you will get away unscathed, it’s very likely that your partner will retaliate with some observations of their own.

Declutter first

It is easy to stash away those embarrassing sentimental items at home before your partner comes to stay; whether it’s the Boyzone dolls on display or the tatty old comfort bear that you still like to sleep with.   Don’t wait for the unpacking of moving boxes to decide that you really shouldn’t have kept these items.

It is also worth considering the space in your new shared abode.  There is bound to be a grievance if one partner brings a lot more stuff than the other, especially if you are moving into a small place.  That’s enough to start an argument with your new common law partner before you’ve even had your first meal at home together!

Talk finances

Soooo, the first rent is due and the bills, oh and you need to get another food shop in.  Are you splitting everything 50/50? It’s a real shame when money comes between couples but unfortunately it’s one of the top reasons for arguments.

It is best to decide how to split the bills before you move in.  Consider your separate income and expenditure.  If the new arrangement is going to be difficult for one party financially, consider whether the other partner needs to subsidise the outgoings.

Happy Ever After

Now that you have found your new love nest and followed our tips we’re sure the rest will be plain sailing!! Once you have decided you can live together happily, you may consider buying a place together.  Don’t forget that there are many ways to get on the housing ladder now.  Sites like MovingSoon can help you with a great selection of shared ownership properties available.

Enjoy your adventure together and here’s to a very ‘Happy Ever After’ from all of us at MovingSoon.