Moving in with your significant other can be the best thing ever—but it can also be challenging. As the ultimate couples’ apartment hunting resource, we understand the stress of building a home together. We want to make the process as easy as possible for you, so we surveyed couples about the ups and downs of combining households, and developed some tips for couples moving in together.

Couples Consolidation

According to the survey, 75 percent of all respondents said that their overall quality of life has improved since moving in with their significant other. But that’s not to say that starting a new life together doesn’t come with its challenges. For the 25 percent of respondents that found living with their significant other to be stressful, the key areas of stress were not having their own space (42 percent), sharing household expenses (33 percent), and splitting up household chores (25 percent).

Budget Balance

Finances are often a point of contention with couples, married or not. The good news is that 62 percent of respondents report that their financial situation has gotten better as a result of moving in with their significant other. Interestingly, 22 percent of engaged couples say that their financial situation has gotten worse as a result of moving in with their significant other—all the more reason to begin your life together somewhere affordable!

Mine or Yours

Whether it’s his bean bag chair from college or her floral comforter, deciding what stuff to keep and what stuff to toss isn’t always an easy decision either. Sixty-two percent of respondents said that they kept everything from both of their previous homes after moving in together. If you don’t have space for two of everything, don’t worry—19 percent of respondents said they got rid of almost everything they previously owned and bought new items.

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Survey Methodology:  The survey was conducted among 1,000 co-habiting adults in the U.S. The interviews were conducted online by RedShift Research in November 2010 using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total populations aged 18 and older. The margin of error at a 95% confidence level is, plus or minus, 3.1 percentage points.