Who is the Primary Decision-Maker in a Remodeling Couple?

Sixty-five percent of men say they are the primary decision-maker in a remodeling project. What do you think the number is for women?

December 01, 2021

HomeAdvisor recently surveyed 975 Americans who worked on a home improvement project with a partner and found 65% of women say they are the primary decision-maker and 63% of men say they are.

And when disagreements arise, about 30% of partners will make decisions without telling the other, and that’s only slightly more common for men than women (33% compared to 25%). But when it comes to compromising, leave it to the men: 71% say they are more likely to compromise compared to 51% of women.

Budget discussions spur the most difficulties, according to the survey, specifically agreeing to or staying within a budget. And when it comes to making decisions regarding design, smaller variables such as paint color will be harder than a decision to tear down a wall or not.

These insights can help remodelers prepare for what’s to come, and in turn, enhance your ability to mitigate conflict when working with a couple.

The survey found 46% of couples brought in a third party to mediate, so put your expertise between the two and embrace your ability to break any ties.

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For many years we have included a clause in our contract where the owners designate One Person to be the final decision-maker we can rely on for project decisions. This has saved us from spousal disagreements a number of times.

Every remodeler should have this in their contract. If the spouses say they "both make the decisions" force them to pick one person you can rely on. It is horrible to find yourself in the middle of a dispute between spouses.. They may point the finger at you you're at you and that's never good.

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