Moving house: Who makes the final decision?

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When it comes to moving house, who makes the final decision in your household?

Most of us would probably think that it’s generally a joint decision, but according to a new survey released this week, in the vast majority of cases, it’s women who have the final say.

Quick Move Now asked 2,000 homeowners across the UK about the process of purchasing a home, and found that 68 per cent of households will have the woman making the majority of the decision when it comes to buying and selling in order to move.

Dan Luke, Managing Director, Quick Move Now said of the survey results:

When a couple move house it clearly needs to be a joint effort. But naturally people tend to gravitate towards what interests them most, whatever that may be.

Leaving most of the choices to one person may work for both parties, but it’s still important that everyone has some input, moving home can be a life-changing experience for British people.

When it comes to chasing the dream home, some seven in ten men said that they are happy to let their partners take the initiative and make the final decision. And it seems that this is a reality that starts very early on in the process of selling and buying a home.

The research found that 73 per cent of women take the lead when it comes to visiting an estate agent, as well as perusing property advertisements and arranging viewings. Only 51 per cent of men said they do the same when it comes to them moving home.

And even though six in ten men said they had discussed at length with their partner about moving home, they would let their other half have the final say. Only 26 per cent said that they would make the decision on their own.

Three-quarters of women said they believe it is ‘normal’ for a woman take the lead when it comes to buying a house, with 27 per cent adding that they simply have a better idea of what to look for in a new home than their husband would have.

But how does this differ for men, and why is it that women normally take the lead when it comes to buying a home?

Of the 68 per cent who said they are happy to let their wife decide where they live, three in ten said it was because their wife simply has more of a strong preference for the home they choose to buy. Another 17 per cent believe it’s just to make their wife happy, while 25 per cent ambiguously conceded that it was ‘just easier’ to agree.

But the survey also showed the importance of working together as a family when it comes to buying a home, which is one of the biggest decisions people will ever make.

Quick Move Now’s data showed that one in five men have amazingly bought a house that they have never seen on their wife’s say so, while 35 per cent have even purchased a home that they personally didn’t actually like, because their wife liked it.

Mr Luke illustrated the importance of working as a team, saying:

Buying a new property is a big deal, so it makes sense that a couple would want to be thorough when shopping around. Listening to all opinions and coming to a compromise can ensure everyone is happy when moving day comes.

The same theory applies when it comes to selling your house as well. Selling a beloved property can be a big decision for any family, whether it’s to downsize, relocate or just to chase your dream home, so making sure that the decision making process is handled with everyone in mind is the best way to go.

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 2nd January 2015
Last updated on 17th August 2018

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