Moving in with someone should be done thoughtfully, with lots of conversation and compromise. However, in my case, well... let's just say I didn't take my own advice on the subject. It just sort of happened — quickly and with basically no thought or deep discussion. While in the long run we made it work, if I had it to do over again, there probably could have been some more discussion prior to my move-in. Because really, there are certain things you should know about your partner before moving in together that will help make the whole transition go more smoothly — and make for a lot less fights about chores. Ahem.
Going from living on your own or with roommates to living with your partner is going to be a pretty big transition, no matter how much you discuss things beforehand. But there are some major deal (and relationship) breakers that you can iron out before moving in by asking the important questions and answering your partner's honestly. You may even learn your lifestyles are incompatible before forking out first and last month's rent. Or you may find that you're totally in sync! Mostly, it's important to have these conversations to protect yourself. After all, living together can be a pretty big deal. Both your personal and financial lives are going to be enmeshed in a way that only happens when you start sharing an address. So, before you even consider picking up those keys, here's what the experts say you need to know about each other.