Moving in Together: How Soon is Too Soon?

Apr 26 2014, 6:05am CDT | by

While cheaper rent, half the chores and sharing close quarters with your significant other may seem like a dream, moving in together too soon could cause rental regrets. That’s why Rent.com surveyed 1,000 cohabitating renters to find out if you should keep separate pads until you’ve tied the knot or if is it important to “try it before you buy it.”

According to the survey, 27%of respondents said they moved in with their partner after dating for less than six months – even though only 7% of renters recommend making that jump so quickly!  In fact, 18% didn’t think couples should move in together until after marriage.

So, when is the right time to move in together? The majority of the renters we surveyed said 6 months to a year was the perfect amount of time to date before shacking up.  

 

Here are a few additional survey highlights:

  • The #1 thing renters said they wished they discussed before moving in was how to divide their finances!
  • Differences in cleaning habits are the biggest hurdle of moving in together for more than ¼  of renters. Only 11% said they discussed divvying up chores like vacuuming and scrubbing the toilet before they signed their leases!
  • Say goodbye to girls’ night out– 63% said they rarely (if ever) have a night out with just their friends.
  • On the upside, 32% said the biggest benefit to moving in together was finding out if their significant other was “the one.”

What do you think? How soon is too soon?

 
 

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