No partner, no problem. Women may make on average 80% of what men do, but single women (especially millennials) are the fastest-growing group of homeowners in the US. On average, single women own 22% of homes. Single men? Less than 13%.*
But the hard part starts after the “For Sale” sign comes down. We surveyedsingle millennial womenacross the US to see how they’re tackling home ownership on their own — from learning to patch drywall to knowing when and who to call for backup.
They’ve saved and scouted, but the real work starts after move-in day when the drywall cracks, the faucet leaks, and the TV needs mounting. Here’s how these homeowners handle the challenges of homeownership.
There are some things you enjoy doing and some you enjoy having done.
The pipes are frozen and the paint is chipped. Who do you go to when there’s no landlord or partner to call for help? How do you know you can trust them with — and in — your home?
Handy(wo)men on Speed Dial
Family and friends are still the first people our homeowners go to with questions, but Google and handy(wo)men aren’t far behind as resources.
However, respondents are almost three times more likely to rely on a third party than their friends for home help.
"If I'm not comfortable doing it myself, I look for recommendations from friends and family to ensure I have a reliable person working on our home. I also look at reviews on Google to avoid any nightmare situations."
Maggie H., age 27
What’s the first source you consult for recommendations?
What’s most important to you in choosing someone to help?
Need inspiration to tackle a project around your home? Meet the handy women of TaskRabbit.
Amanda W.St. Louis
"My first ‘fix’ was in 3rd grade when my mom's sewing machine broke. She told me not to touch it…10 minutes later, it was fixed.”
Data was collected via an independent survey of 400 respondents from the ages of 26-38 across the United States who identified as female, single (unmarried, divorced, or widowed), and own their own home.