It's no secret that successful relationships need to involve a level of friendship. Because loving someone and liking them, to paraphrase Leslie Knope, is essential in a relationship, some theories even suggest that the best relationships are the ones that start out as friendships. If you have the friendship part down, then you're halfway there. But, of course, that doesn't mean every friendship should evolve into a relationship.
"Your relationship will change if you decide to date," Stef Safran of Stef and the City tells Bustle. "If this person is someone you really feel has potential, the risk can be worth it! If you are only luke-warm about this person, you should think about if you are sure you want to take this to a romantic level."
The biggest problem with dating a friend is losing that friend if the relationship part doesn't pan-out. "You not only can you lose a love, but you can lose your friend and your social circle," Anita A. Chlipala, LMFT, and author of First Comes Us: The Busy Couple's Guide to Lasting Love, tells Bustle. "You may feel like you have your guard up until you know for sure that it’ll work out."
But should you be thinking that dating your friend is a good idea, here are seven things to consider, according to experts.