At some point in all of our lives, we are more than likely to live with someone else outside of our immediate family. Whether it’s your girlfriend or boyfriend, your best friend, or a stranger, moving in with someone comes with a few challenges, both big and small. If you want to make sure there are minimal problems and complications when it comes time to move in, and during those first few months of living together, follow these tips.

Set some house rules

The first thing you’re going to want to do is work out solutions to the main questions and issues. If you happen to have different sleeping schedules, you’ll have to establish rules for bedtimes and keeping the noise down when one of you is trying to sleep. If either of you require a large amount of space for a hobby or for work, you’ll also have to work that out. Figure out the grocery situation, are you going to buy them together? Are you ok with sharing food with your roommate if they are a complete stranger? If these issues are not addressed, there’s a much higher chance that at one point or another, the two of you are going to butt heads.

Work out a cleaning schedule

Most of us don’t enjoy cleaning, but it’s something that needs to be done. No matter whom it is you’re moving in with, you’ll want to make sure there is an established cleaning schedule that you both plan to follow. If there is no balanced cleaning schedule, one person may easily end up doing most or all of the work, which is a recipe for negativity and stress that can only lead to problems. Try and make sure you establish a schedule that sees both of you doing your equal part in keeping the place clean.


Moving into a new place is always a great opportunity to get rid of unwanted furniture or items that you are no longer going to need. Both of you should take a look at what you have before moving day and decide what’s important and what can be spared. This is especially helpful if you are moving into a smaller place, such as a small apartment or condo. As a bonus, it’s always helpful to sell anything you don’t need and get yourself some extra pocket money.

Be prepared to compromise

Unfortunately, there are going to be times when you and your roommate, best friend, or girlfriend or boyfriend simply can’t come to an agreement. This is when it’s important to remember to be a little flexible and compromise. Finding a solution you can both get behind is going to help things now and in the future. You simply cannot expect everything to go your way all of the time.

Follow this advice and you’re sure to have a much easier time moving in with someone. Remember, no matter who it is you’re about to share your space with, it’s important to be flexible, patient, and considerate.