How do I know if I should leave a good relationship, in hopes of finding a great one?Hannah Seligson: It sounds like this is more about timing than finding the great relationship." 25-year-old Lucy had a similar experience and discussed moving in with her boyfriend for a year before making the leap: “He was going to be moving to a new city, leaving his friends and family and changing jobs so it was a big deal,” she says, so they weren't going to rush into anything.Lucy and her boyfriend had also been on holiday together, which is a good way to test a relationship: “Make sure you’ve been away together for an extended period of time (more than 10 days) before you give them a key, this way you can get a better insight into whether you can stand their living habits or not! For some people though, the hardest part is knowing how to broach the subject for the first time if you’re not sure how your boy- or girlfriend will react - research from Match says that on average, couples take a year and a half to ask one another to move in together.“I’ve been going out with my boyfriend for a year,” 24-year-old Emma explained to .“Whilst traditionally it might seem a bit soon, I'm more than ready to move in with him.But after she ended up sharing his tiny attic room for two months while interning and then moving in with a difficult flatmate, whilst he was struggling with a horrendous commute, they eventually decided it just made sense to move in together.“We worked out how much we could afford, agreed on an area to move to, and just went for it! But Margot and her boyfriend have never lived just the two of them - they’ve always had flatmates too.
What’s more, the chances are you'll have signed a tenancy agreement together and be tied in for a year.And living with a partner isn't always smooth sailing - exclusive figures from E.