Whether you’re getting ready to move in with your significant other, your bestie, or a new college roommate you’ve never met before, you want the transition to go as smoothly as possible. Some factors you’ll need to consider are how you’ll combine your furniture and decor, who has which appliances, and the things neither of you may have. This can seem a little overwhelming, so let us give you some tips to get you started!
First of all, get on the same page with your new roomie about your combined inventory. It may seem like a boring, tedious task to make a really long list of every item you both own, but you can take a few shortcuts. Work on your inventory list by going through each room of the house, and only include necessities that you’ll both want in your home. For example, when listing your kitchen items, your housemate will want you to mention that you have a microwave and full set of flatware; they probably won’t care whether you have four or six (or any) of those matching flowery placemats.
Once you compare lists, figure out which necessities you’re both lacking. If you get a nagging feeling that there’s a utensil missing from your combined cookware set, try using a wedding registry checklist as a loose guide. Find one of these checklists on a major retailer’s website (such as Target) or in a cute Pinterest infographic. Examining your combined inventory will also let you know of which pieces you have duplicates, and help you both avoid hauling two full dining sets to your new home.
If you’re planning to order anything for your new home, be sure you have it shipped to your new address, rather than your current home. This way, you won’t have to figure out how to pack one more item into yet another box. Additionally, be sure to schedule the shipping date to take place a few days after your move-in date, just in case your plans get delayed due to bad weather, missed flights, or any other worst case scenario.
When moving day comes, be ready to compromise! Chances are, you won’t love every single piece of furniture your new co-inhabitant brings with them. But if you don’t absolutely hate those curtains and you don’t have any of your own to which you’re super-attached, you should consider choosing not to fight that particular battle. Living with someone, and especially with a new spouse, is all about compromise and learning to open yourself up to new habits and styles. If there is a specific piece of furniture you really don’t like, find a non-combative way to bring up the topic.
Finally, leave the heavy lifting to professional movers. Even though moving in with your best friend is really exciting in theory, the planning process can be stressful and exhausting. You can avoid worrying about playing Tetris with a rental truck and risking furniture damages by hiring a professional team who can offer furniture padding, wrapping, dis-assembly, and re-assembly with their services. Additionally, reputable moving companies offer free insurance coverage of their services so you can know that all of your belongings are safe. For more information on local Nashville moving services, check out our website.
Have fun moving in with your old or new friend! If you have any other packing or moving questions, please feel free to give our team a call at 615-248-6288.