Buying your first home can be incredibly exciting, especially if you are sharing the experience with a significant other. However, moving into a new home with someone is also a big decision and comes with its challenges. But that doesn’t mean it can’t still be one of your most memorable experiences.
In this article, we’ll discuss some tips for making the move go more smoothly with your partner, as well as fun and exciting ideas for how to celebrate your first home.
Moving into a New Home With Your Partner
If this is your first time living with your partner, there are likely going to be some new feelings and experiences — both good and bad. And even if this isn’t your first time living together, buying your first home as a couple and moving in can also come with its challenges.
So let’s take a look at some tips to help you move in with your partner and ensure you have a more enjoyable moving experience:
• Keep the lines of communication open. Moving is stressful, as is buying a new home, so it’s important to communicate clearly and openly as you can with your partner to avoid any issues. It’s easy for tensions to rise and feelings to get hurt when you are handling the move, but the more you prioritize speaking openly about your feelings and your needs, the more likely you are to understand each other and support one another through the situation.
• Talk about your shared AND individual goals. When you move into a new home with a partner, it’s easy to lose sight of your unique wants and needs and for everything to become a “we” situation instead.
And while it’s great to bond over shared goals and desires, it’s also important to remember that just because you live together and share more of your lives together that you are still an individual with unique wants and needs. So when moving in, make sure you talk to each other about your separate needs and goals so you can support each other as a couple and as individuals.
• Maintain personal boundaries. Similar to shared goals and needs, it’s also easy to lose sight of personal boundaries when you move into a new home together. But disrespecting boundaries is a sure way to start annoying one another. Everyone needs their own space and time.
No matter how much you love your partner, it’s important for each of you to have your personal boundaries respected. So as part of the moving process, make sure you make your boundaries known and respect your partner’s boundaries as well.
• Share in the responsibilities. From the moment you move in, or even before you move in together, it’s also important to have a discussion about the responsibilities, like cleaning and housework. If one partner ends up doing more than another, it can cause tension and lead to an imbalance in the relationship.
Of course, it’s not wise to keep a tally either. One partner might just have more time to devote to housework than another. But still, it’s important to share as many of the responsibilities as possible to avoid anyone feeling like they are doing all the work themselves, which can easily lead to a disagreement.
Ideas for How to Celebrate Your New Home With Your Significant Other
There are many things you can do with your significant other to get settled and celebrate your new home together.
Create New Routines and Traditions Together
It can take some time to feel comfortable in a new house, especially if you are living with a partner for the first time. To help yourselves get into a groove and create new memories, it can be fun to establish new routines and new home traditions together. Not only will this help you get settled and feel comfortable in your new home, but this will help you learn how to navigate your new life with your partner.
Brainstorm Decor and Furniture Ideas Together
For some, one of the best parts of buying a new house is getting to decorate and furnish it. This can also be a bonding experience for you and your partner and help you make the space feel like home.
So sit down together and take some time to decide how you want to furnish your new home. This can include coming up with design and decor ideas, such as paint colors and schemes, as well as what specific furniture pieces and kitchen appliances you want to buy.
Establish a Game or Movie Night in Your New Home
As a part of establishing new traditions, it can be fun to have a regular game or movie night in your new house. This is a great way to celebrate and create new memories, and it’s also another way to bond with your partner. You can even invite friends and family and make it a weekly or monthly tradition.
Explore the New Neighborhood Together
Don’t let the house be your primary focus. Moving to a new house means moving to a new neighborhood. So another fun thing to do when you move is to go out walking with your partner to explore the neighborhood. Meet your neighbors, explore local parks, and try out new restaurants in the area.
Throw a Housewarming Party
Of course, one of the best ways to celebrate moving into a new home with your significant other is to plan and throw a housewarming party together. And if it’s nice outside and you have a yard, you can make it an outdoor dinner or bbq. However, you choose to party, just make sure you relax, have a good time, and make some great new memories in your new home.
There are countless ways you can celebrate moving into a new home as a couple. It’s ultimately up to you and your significant other and the traditions and memories you want to make. It’s your home, after all, so do what feels right for you. Just remember to have fun and enjoy this new experience together.