A couple may hire a contractor together, but most of the time, it's the woman of the house who gets into the details with him as the weeks roll by. He's constantly asking her opinion about stuff large and small—where to put the outlets, say, or whether she really wants a wood floor in the bath. And he listens to her answers. He consults with her; he's interested in what she thinks. And, you know ladies, he actually makes eye contact when he talks, and works hard to communicate, instead of grunting and shrugging while punching buttons on the TV remote. Having a man around the house who hangs on her every word makes a woman feel all warm inside.