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The His And Hers Guide To Moving House

May 12, 2008
There are many things in life that the sexes don't agree on. In fact, that will cover most things and happy relationships are built on knowing the differences and reaching a compromise. Compromise for a man consists of knowing when to shut up and for a woman means getting knowing how to get him to shut up so you can have your own way.

When a couple have finally agreed on the females decision to sell your beloved home, uproot and take you somewhere that needs re-decorating all over again, the work begins. Firstly, negotiating a sale price. Leave this to the woman.

As with all things in life, the man wants the easy route. He has decided to go along with the majority vote to move (that'll be the woman then) and he wants the deed over and done with as soon as possible so that he can get back to the Sunday afternoon couch/footie combo and not suffer endless trips around prospective houses. That is why he will agree with whatever price the estate agent tells him. And exactly why it should be left to a woman.

Have you ever seen a woman disagree on the price of an item? Have you seen her march to the counter in a shop demanding to see the manager, demanding to know how they justify such prices and eventually earning herself a discount, even if it is just to shut her up? The same applies to house selling. Your woman will turn into a demon of negotiation if she feels she is being done out of a few quid that would be better spent on a new pair of shoes. Better the estate agent feel her wrath than you.

Once the price is agreed and prospective buyers are being lined up, she will turn into a whirling dervish of activity. Cleaning and sprucing are the by words of weekends. Long gone are the man's days of Sunday visits to the pub - oh no, now you'll be out in the garden, weeding, clearing leaves, potting new plants (for who?) and re-painting the outside of the house for kerb appeal. Of course, the male of the species will not understand this activity. Why paint a house you are moving out of. Trust her on this one - it works, thus insuring your couch/footie experience gets ever closer.

Once sold, you will need to find a removal company. Of course, the man will tend to open the Yellow Pages, close his eyes and stick in a pin. Even if the men from the removal company turn up in Stetsons and wearing chaps he wouldn't recognise them as cowboys. The fact that the removal company may not make it to the destination with your furniture doesn't enter his head.

They assure him of their knowledge that he needs to get back to the couch/footie as soon as and this is affirmation enough for him that they will do a good job. Of course, there is a strong possibility that you will hand over all your hard earned money to this removal company and never see your furniture again but he would never believe that.

The wife, on the other hand, will turn her negotiation and detective skills to good use. She will seek out a removal company that is affiliated with the relevant organisations, obtain quotes that are written in blood and ensure that they simply wouldn't dare to divert from her itinerary.

Her indoors will also ensure you have a removal company that are going to do the bulk of the hard work. You think she understands your need to stay on the couch watching the footie while someone else packs your belongings? Absolutely not. She simply wants her things to get to your new home in one piece and doesn't trust your easily distracted mind.

Either way, it is in your best interests to allow the lady of the home to do the organisation of a house move from negotiating a price to picking the removal company. Go along with her delegation of jobs, there is no woman as efficient as the one that needs to feather a new nest so you can be sure her efforts will have your rear connected with that couch in pretty swift time.
About the Author
Relationship expert Catherine Harvey looks at how choosing a removal company will have different levels of importance for a man and woman.
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