Moving in together is a big deal, so is moving into NYC. Whether this big step has happened seemingly overnight or has been thoughtfully planned and looked forward to for years, you’re in for some big changes. You may be tempted to spend your time daydreaming about growing old together and envisioning your breakfasts in bed, but before you get too carried away, let’s talk about the nitty gritty. As NYC movers and office movers, we’ve been through this situation. We want you to enjoy this special time as much as possible, so we’ve put together some tips to help you move in together as smoothly and seamlessly (and as lovingly) as possible. Here is how to move with your significant other.
Discuss Money from the Start
Money problems can put a wedge between even the most compatible people if they’re not careful. That’s why it’s so important to discuss money openly and honestly right from the start. And the start of living together is the move itself.
Moving comes with costs. There will be a deposit on your new place, fees for hooking up utilities, the purchase of a new shower curtain and maybe even some furniture, and much more. Talk about moving costs ahead of time. You’ll be happiest in the end if you create a budget and divide up the expenses in a way that makes sense to both of you. And write your budget down. That way you can avoid misunderstandings and future arguments. Learn how to establish a moving budget in NYC from a group of Manhattan movers, Bronx movers, Brooklyn movers, and Queens movers.
Talk About Storage
It’s not exactly romantic, but talking about storage is a good idea. If you’ve both been living in your own apartments, you’re about to have half as much storage as you’re used to, so it’s wise to think about what you can feasibly merge into one household.
Merging households means you’ll probably have duplicates of many items: two toasters, two toolboxes, two kitchen tables, 37 coffee mugs. Make an inventory of what the two of you have together, and then consider what you can sell or give away to bring your household down to a manageable volume. Do you know how much closet and storage space you’ll have in your new place? If not, find out.
If the two of you are unwilling to get rid of some of your belongings at this point, you could always consider putting some items in storage until a later date. Some people feel anxious about parting with belongings all at once; they like to see if they’ll miss them before they’re gone forever.
Mesh Your Lifestyles
If you’re moving in together, you’ve probably already made adjustments to your schedules so you can spend time together. Living together, however, adds a new level of complexity.
Rarely do two people naturally live the same lifestyle, so it’s helpful to be open and honest about expectations. For instance, do you need to set any personal boundaries? Do you plan on spending every evening together, or do you both want some time to spend with friends? Are there any annoying habits that could be modified so you don’t get on each other’s nerves? Do you get up at the same time or need time to unwind before bed?
Once you’ve worked through all of these details, it’s time to get moved. Sort through your belongings and get rid of the things you no longer need. Collect moving boxes from friends or local grocers, or buy a stack from us. Call your favorite NYC moving company and make arrangements for pickup and delivery of both of your belongings. Make arrangements for your pets for moving day, and send anything to storage that you don’t need right now. Unpack, set up your furniture, and enjoy a candlelight dinner together in your very own home. Congratulations! For more tips, contact your favorite NYC movers. Check out our other moving blogs, and be sure to check out our moving promotions, where you can either get $100 off your next move or get $80 worth of free moving boxes.