An Essex University survey demonstrates that when it comes to the crunch of buying a new home, women have the final say.
More than 4,000 households in 30,000 areas across the country were surveyed, with the research finding a “big difference” between the sexes when it came to influencing decisions about whether to organise home removals.
The study took into account all sorts of different facets, from subjective reasons like ‘feeling comfortable in the neighbourhood’ to objective criteria where crime rates and employment levels come into play. An underlying feeling was that women were more vocal when it comes to moving home because in most cases, they’re the ones that spend the most time in the house.
Head researcher Dr Mark Taylor said: “Couples were more likely to move if the woman disliked the neighbourhood.
“The study does not tell us why that is, but we can make some educated guesses. Mine would be that it is about relative amounts of time spent in the home or neighbourhood. On average, it is the woman who spends more time there.”