Owning It

Single women are owning it. Literally.

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 surveyed single millennial women across 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.

T H E  R E A L I T I E S  O F

Homeownership

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.

What’s the primary reason for your home projects?

The 

Maintenance 

Checklist

From gutter cleaning to caulking windows, routine maintenance tasks take up the bulk of our homeowners’ to-do lists.  

It’s no surprise: female homeowners wear many hard hats.

BUILDING A

Home Squad

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.

Building Trust

"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

Chicago, IL

What’s the first source you consult for recommendations? 

What’s most important to you in choosing someone to help?

TASKER

Spotlight

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.”

LaToya C.

San Diego

"I got the handy bug from my mother. As a single parent, she made sure to teach me a lot about tools and how to use them..."

Samantha B. 

Los Angeles

“When I was a kid my family owned an antique shop. My mother always let me be creative and do whatever I wanted with the old furniture."

Susan H.

New York City

"DIY-ing many of my own home projects has allowed me a space in which I could make mistakes and discover what works and what doesn’t.”

Advice Corner

We asked Taskers what they’d tell women tackling homeownership on their own. 

Read 

all the directions.

Susan H.

Invest

in a stepladder.

Amanda W.

Don't  be intimidated

that handyman tasks are considered more ‘masculine.’ Most are more about brains than brawn. 

Brandy M.

Don’t be

afraid

to do most things, but also don’t be afraid to admit when it's over your head.

Samantha B.

Start with the basics:

a few screwdrivers, a stud finder, level, hammer, rubber mallet, and a measuring tape.

LaToya C.