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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