Entering into a serious relationship definitely is a big step.
You may feel comfortable, and may really enjoy spending time with that girl/guy you have been seeing for a while, but if commitment is in your mind, and you are seeking to start dating exclusively, then, you should consider some aspects before getting into it.
Do you have the same interests, and goals in mind?
The idea is to think in the long run. You are going to spend the rest of your lives together, so undoubtedly it is better to go all the way with someone with who you have chemistry, a person that especially attracts you intellectually.
Sharing similar hobbies, and interests is really important if you want your relationship to work.
Expecting the same things from your relationship is another key factor that can make your grow as a couple.
For some people, getting into a serious commitment means stop casually dating other singles. For others, besides that, it means having future plans together in the long term. Make sure you both are on the same boat!
There is communication in your relationship?
A good healthy relationship is that one where you both can equally express your feelings, and when there is a substantial difference, you respect each other, and are able to work together to find a common aspect in between.
It is a good sign if you see that your partner keeps you updated about what happens in his/her life, and does not hesitate to share how he/she feels about your relationship.
Do you have the same spending habits?
It may cut out all the romanticism, but money really matters in your relationship! Having financial issues nowadays is one of the main causes of divorce/for breakups. If you want to get serious in your relationship, it really is a good idea to discuss about your current spending habits, and about what is the best way to merge your finances. Simply set a budget plan for your recurrent monthly expenses (bills, and so on), and set your individual limits. It will be easier for you to deal with unexpected expenses.
Do you want to have kids in the future?
For sure this is one of most uncomfortable, for some even terrifying, important questions that will arise at some point in your relationship. It is essential to know how your partner feels about creating a family together. Of course, there is no need to anticipate events, and put some pressure on it, but it really is a good idea to know if you partner likes kids, and is really up to it, even it is in the distant future.
Do you share the same sexual desires?
Really connecting with each other when you are getting intimate is key to keep the flame alive. Having similar sexual preferences, and desires would make your relationship more exciting, and fun, undoubtedly one of the best ways to keep it healthy!