Long dating before moving
" 25-year-old Lucy had a similar experience and discussed moving in with her boyfriend for a year before making the leap: “He was going to be moving to a new city, leaving his friends and family and changing jobs so it was a big deal,” she says, so they weren't going to rush into anything.
Lucy and her boyfriend had also been on holiday together, which is a good way to test a relationship: “Make sure you’ve been away together for an extended period of time (more than 10 days) before you give them a key, this way you can get a better insight into whether you can stand their living habits or not! For some people though, the hardest part is knowing how to broach the subject for the first time if you’re not sure how your boy- or girlfriend will react - research from Match says that on average, couples take a year and a half to ask one another to move in together.
“We worked out how much we could afford, agreed on an area to move to, and just went for it! But Margot and her boyfriend have never lived just the two of them - they’ve always had flatmates too.That time is for being goo-goo ga-ga for each other — I'm talking puppy dog kisses and boxes of chocolates the size of large land mammals. While you can, you should revel in your own space and how good it feels to paint your toe nails in bed while eating extra-crumbly crackers and watching a at top volume. If you're in your 20s, you still want to be young and fun! Enjoy all that mushy gushy stuff first without figuring out who is in charge of paying the electricity bill.5. And this would seem to be what Prince Harry and his girlfriend Meghan Markle are doing, given recent reports they're planning on living together in Kensington Palace.
A further 39 per cent of people decide to do so after one to two years together. If there's no rush, there's no harm in getting to know one another first.” She recommends waiting at least three to six months to work out whether a relationship has longevity, but for many people - stereotypically commitment-phobic millennials in particular - that can seem far too quick.
So how do you know when you’re ready to take the plunge?