How do I know when a guy wants to make a move and if we are ready for a relationship?

Me and my friend have both admitted to liking each other but are both hesitant on relationships and have agreed to just vibe and see what happens. We are both really close and he's always there for me in times of need but our feelings often fluctuate.

I'm starting to realise I start to hesitate on a relationship and question my feelings when I think he doesn't have those feelings for me due to insecurities or him being hesitant dating like me and so on.

Often lately we end up brushing up close together like when walking side by side or we lean in close together or even just sit close together to the point are legs are against the others.

Yesterday at one point when our arms brushed against each other I caught him glancing down briefly and I couldn't tell if he was debating holding my hand or not. We then sat down at one point and there was an awkward silence developing and I felt like he wanted to say something but I presumed it would be something along the lines of just be friends.

Instead I ended up saying something cause I needed to vent about some of my own shit going on in my life and he hugged and comforted me unprompted which I wasn't expecting.

It doesn't help we keep avoiding talking about relationships in person and instead talk about it over text 90% of the time. I don't want to rush into anything and I wanna take things slow but sometimes I think that's mainly due to me presuming he doesn't actually like me and is just confused.

We both have aro/ace tendencies and it's hard to tell if he really does like me at times cause even when he says he does I just don't seem to believe it.

How do I know when a guy wants to make a move and if we are ready for a relationship?

So is it just me or does he not like me?

How do I know when a guy wants to make a move and if we are ready for a relationship?
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