Women rule when moving home

Women rule when moving house

Two thirds of women have the final say when it comes to which property they choose

Women have the final say when it comes to buying a new home, a study revealed yesterday. A study of 2,000 homeowners who are in a relationship examined the process behind buying property and found in a huge 68 per cent of cases, the majority of the decision is made by the female. And incredibly, seven out of ten men said they were happy for their wife or partner to take the lead when it came to choosing their dream home.

It also emerged one in five men have agreed to buy a property on their wife’s say-so – without even seeing it.

  • Seven out of ten men claim they are happy to let their wife choose a house
  • Three out of four women said it was ‘normal’ for them to take the lead
  • Three out of ten men have bought a house they dislike to please their wife

Yesterday a spokesman for online estate agent Quick Move Now, which commissioned the study, said:

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 house can be a life-changing decision after all.

The research also showed 73 per cent of women admitted they took the lead visiting estate agents, looking at ads and organising viewings of potential homes – compared to just 51 per cent of men.

Six in ten said though they discussed a potential move at length with their partner or spouse, in the end their other half had final say, whilst a further 26 per cent said they made the entire decision.

Around 27 per cent said they have a better idea than their husband of what to consider in a new home; whilst the same amount said their man is happy to take a back seat during the process.

Interestingly, three in four of the women polled said it was ‘normal’ for the female to have the lead role when it comes to choosing a family home. According to the men polled, six in ten said they are living in a house bought with their wife or partner’s preferences in mind. And seemingly this is fine for the majority – as 68 per cent of men confessed they were happy to give up responsibility for house searching.

Three in ten said that they were content to let their wife or partner take the lead as she usually has stronger views on where they live. A further 17 per cent stated they’d rather she were happy than cause a disagreement, whilst a quarter said it’s ‘just easier’ to let her decide.

But men can end up drawing the short straw, the survey showed – as amazingly, 35 per cent have given in and bought property their wife has chosen, despite personally disliking it. And another one in five men have agreed to make an offer on a home their wife had viewed without even seeing it themselves.

Overall, around eight in ten of the adults in the survey said women have most say on the number of bedrooms, size of the garden, safety of the neighbourhood and the overall ‘feel’ of the place. Whilst around six in ten said the men have most say in whether the house will retain value, if they can afford it and whether the building is structurally sound.

Danny Luke, Business Manager for Quick Move Now said:

There are a lot of things to consider when moving home – practically, emotionally and financially. 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.

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This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 21st July 2014
Last updated on 19th April 2017

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