When you are in a couple, all the new things to experience, all the milestones and the new discoveries are treasure to keep. Milestones like your first out of town trip together, your first pet, or your first Christmas together are important memories that last. However, one of the most important milestones couples go through is moving in together. Whether you are newlyweds, or a couple who has been together for years and just want to take the relationship to the next level, moving in together is a crucial and momentous step. While it would take a considerable amount of adjustment emotionally and psychologically, this milestone will also require some extensive changes to your apartment. Hence, to make moving more exciting and easier for you, here are a couple of apartment remodel tips you need to remember:
- It is not all about you anymore, it is now about the TWO of you – Remodeling an apartment on your own is an easier task for a lot of reasons. Firstly, you are the only one to make the decision making it easy for the contractor too. Secondly, you can follow you own personal design preferences without consulting another person who most likely have a different idea in mind. However, no matter how challenging this would be, you need to remember what all this is about. This is not just about an apartment remodel, but about the two of you spending your lives together. Therefore, both ideas and preferences should matter in the decision-making process.
- Be clear about rules – While most people say time and again that there should not be rules when it comes to love, when it comes to living together harmoniously, there should be a few. As early as the renovation, communicate your expectations and the limitations you want to keep (just if there are any), like when it comes to the bath for example. This is important, as you need to incorporate these rules to the renovation so both of you can live harmoniously in love and in order.
- Give each other equal opportunities to choose and decide on things – In most relationships, there is usually a person who will appear more dominant and communicative over the other. If you are the more communicative party, you need to take the initiative to allow your partner to choose and decide on things. Your partner may not be as expressive, but s/he sure has wants some things done according to how s/he wants it. If you get to decide for your bedroom, then let him/her decide on the bath tiles. Always ask and consider what will make him or her happy about the new house, because at the end of it all, it is what makes the two of you happy that will matter.
Renovating is a complex and challenging task to pull through alone. Adding another decision maker in the process will definitely make it more challenging, but always remind yourself what it is about. You are a couple who decided to start a life together, so more than building a home, you are building your future together.