We give a lot of thought to many relationship milestones, like the first date, the first time you hook up, and, of course when you decide to make it official. But there is one pretty major milestone that tends to get short shrift, and that's giving your partner a key to your place. But when should you give your partner a key? This step, because it's sort of in the shadow of actually officially moving in together, tends to get overlooked. But when you think about it, it's actually a really big deal. As NYC dating expert Susan Winter tells Elite Daily, giving your partner "a key to your home or apartment allows them full access to your life. They are now in the center of your inner circle." And when you think about it like that, suddenly getting the timing right feels a lot more important, doesn't it?
So, to help recognize the signs that you're both ready to take this step, I reached out to the experts, and they all agree that despite being an important decision in the relationship, it's actually pretty straightforward. Here's how experts say you'll know that it's time to go ahead and hook your partner up with their very own key to your inner sanctum. (No that's not a euphemism... this time.)