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Ready to move in together?

Posted by Scott Van Voorhis April 9, 2014 05:01 PM

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Sure, it's tempting to move in with your honey in a pricey rental market like Greater Boston.

But if you rush things, you could regret it, suggests a new survey of a thousand cohabitating renters across the country by Rent.com.

You could find yourself hitched to a slob, or worse, a deadbeat.

More than a quarter of those surveyed began living together less than six months after meeting up, according to Rent.com. And while there are always some success stories, just 7 percent would do it all over again!

Not exactly a ringing endorsement.

But if you can't wait, better have a serious talk about how you are going to split the rent and who is going to clean up and do the dishes.

In fact, the biggest regret among renters was not discussing beforehand how to split up their finances, the survey found.

But messy apartments are also apparently bad for couples as well. More than 31 percent said "differences in cleaning habits" has been the biggest problem in their relationship since moving in together.

Now as husband now with three little ones, I can't imagine what those differences in "cleaning habits" might be.

Couples also had some novel ways of deciding who winds up doing the chores.

My favorites were those who stuck their hapless girlfriend or boyfriend - the poor sap who seemed "less busy," however that's defined - with the dirty work.

Also touching was the small but loud segment of couples who "rely on arguing until someone gives in."

Beautiful!

Here's a particularly revealing section of the survey:

o Only 11% of renters said they discussed how the cleaning responsibilities would be divided, before moving in together. Better make yourself busy! 40% of respondents said they divide chores based on who has more time
o Almost of respondents (25%) said they each do chores they like doing
o Almost of respondents (24%) said they do them all together
o Some renters got a little more creative with splitting responsibilities:
5% rely on arguing until someone gives in
4% say it depends on who is paying more for rent/utilities
3% switch it up every month


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Scott Van Voorhis is a freelance writer who specializes in real estate and business issues.

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