Christmas guests will judge your tree, household clutter and dodgy decorating, study finds

GUESTS are secretly judging other people’s home when they visit for the holidays with Christmas tree size and decorations top of the list of criticisms.

People throw open their homes over Christmas inviting friends and family over, but a study found our nearest and dearest are rating our efforts.

While most people will clean their home before guests arrive, a fifth will go as far as to give their walls a new lick of paint.

The poll of 2,000 homeowners found people are so eager to
impress more than half pull out all the stops to deliver the ‘wow’ factor –
including putting up new curtains and wallpaper. 

People will spend an average of three hours cleaning before
welcoming people in, with a sixth starting getting their homes ready in
October.

Conducted by B&Q, the study found guests are most likely to judge the living room, followed by the bathroom and kitchen.

Top ten faults guests notice

1. Christmas decorations
2. The temperature in home
3. Clutter
4. Broken toilet seat
5. Nice table setting
6. The size of the Christmas tree
7. Clean bathroom
8. If there’s enough food
9. Welcoming wreath on the door
10. No lock on the bathroom door

Kam Dhillon, from B&Q, said: “Hosting friends and family is one of the most magical parts of Christmas, which is why it’s important to have a home you’re proud to show off during the festive season.

"We know people will have lots to do over Christmas, but there are plenty of quick and easy ways to sort out those festive fix ups and have your home looking it's best for whatever you have planned

"With Christmas just around the corner, there is no better time than the present to sort those little unfinished fix-ups, and get your home for the festivities.

"It's easier than you think to get your home ready for Christmas, from the festive décor to that last minute replacement for the toilet seat – B&Q has hosts covered this holiday season.”

Hosting friends and family is one of the most magical parts of Christmas

Christmas decorations and décor are most likely to be judged, followed by the temperature in the home, general clutter, followed by a broken loo seat.

Table settings, the size of the Christmas tree and how clean
the bathroom is was also noticed by guests.

Making up the top ten was the amount of food on offer, the
wreath on the door followed by how well the bathroom door locks.

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