So you’ve finally found that special someone with whom you’d like to spend the rest of your life. Before the two of you move in together, though, there are several things you need to do.
What should I do before moving in with my partner?
Find the Right Place: Maybe you’ve decided your place is perfect. Maybe you’ve decided you both need a much bigger space before you start living together. Either way, the key to this equation is going to be finding a place both of you like. Don’t forget to factor in things like commuting distance, neighbourhood environment, and schools if either of you have children. The last thing you want is to start a fight because one of you chose a spot that was further from your favourite market than you’d like to be.
Choose your Date: Some of this may depend on the lease or sales contract date on your new place, but set the date as early as possible. It will help you get organised as you work toward the big moving day.
Book the Removal Company: It’s no secret that removal companies get busy fairly quickly, and you’re likely not just booking a removal company for one location if you’re moving in together. Instead, you’ll have to book a truck for both of your homes or flats, and that can complicate things slightly, so the sooner you book the removal company, the more likely you are to get the date you want.
Have Your Mail Redirected: Don’t wait to take this step. Royal Mail says you can schedule your redirect up to 12 months in advance, so the two of you should go ahead and fill out the paperwork as soon as you know where you will be living next. There is a small charge, but the consequence is not getting your mail on time, so it’s one step you must take.
Think Banking: Obviously you need to notify your bank that you’ll be moving, however, this might be a good time to decide how the two of you will handle your finances. Will you combine bank accounts? Will you stay separate? Who will be handling the bill payments? If you do decide to combine accounts, whose bank will you use? Have this conversation while you’re setting your moving budget, then you can decide whether to notify your bank of the move or whether to simply close the account.
Buildings Insurance: If you’re buying, you will probably have to have buildings insurance. If the two of you are just renting a larger flat, though, you may want to look into an insurance policy. Even if you already have one in place, it’s worth it to update it because now you’ll have twice as much stuff to protect against loss or damage.
Take Your Final Readings From Your Meters: Water, gas, and electricity meter readings are a must before both of you leave your properties. You’ll need to notify those suppliers well in advance, too, to make certain you don’t get billed for another person’s utilities. The forms to do so will probably have change of address forms on their sites, so you may be able to handle things electronically. If you’re moving locally, you may even be able to keep the same gas and electricity companies when you go.
Think Entertainment: You’re not going to be able to watch your favourite shows together if you don’t notify the TV licencing company that you’re moving. You may be able to change your licence, too, since you’ll likely just be maintaining a single place of residence now. Fortunately, you can update all of that information online, so a quick login should take care of that. You’ll also need to change your digital TV and broadband, and some even offer specialised moving plans.
Think Parking: You need to consider parking in your new area. You might be moving to a space that allows residents only parking, and if that’s the case, you’ll have to apply for a permit well before you move or you’ll have trouble parking once you arrive. If both of you have vehicles, you may need to take extra steps to make certain you have a permit that covers both.
Think Long Term: There may be other steps you need to take before you move, so think about everything that is tied to your current address. You may need to change your details on the electoral roll, update your car insurance, let your workplace know you’re moving so they can change your personnel files, and more.
Moving in together is a big step, and while it does mean adding a bit to the traditional moving to-do list because now you have to tackle things times two, it’s going to be a great step to take in your life.