It takes just 38 seconds for your guest to judge your home

The average person takes just 38 seconds to judge someone’s home – and they WILL notice if you have vacuumed, if your windows are dirty and if there is a ‘funny’ smell.

A study has found first impressions count with three quarters of adults admitting they always form an opinion on the dwellings of others.

They’ll make a mental note if the washing-up hasn’t been done, what books are on the shelf and if the ornaments are dusty.

But the research of 2,000 adults commissioned by the Independent Network powered by VEKA, found three in 10 wouldn’t tell their host what they really think of their homes.

The study also found six in 10 consider themselves to be house proud, with half worrying what others think of their homes.

But this hasn’t stopped a fifth from checking for dust upon visiting the home of a friend, family member or colleague.

As a result, those polled feel the pressure when having guests over with 86 per cent giving the house a ‘major’ clean before anyone arrives.

And if the visit is arranged at short notice, 50 per cent will give their home a quick vacuum, while 48 per cent will quickly hide any clutter in cupboards.

Six in 10 also revealed they are likely to make an extra special effort if their guest is a first-time visitor. A quarter will buy new candles or air fresheners especially for their guest.

More than one in 10 will even keep areas of the home completely off limits until their guests have arrived.

And a fifth will clean the windows, with seven in 10 believing good quality, clean windows are important to the overall aesthetic of a home.

It also emerged six in 10 adults consider themselves to be a good judge when it comes to other’s homes.

The interior of a home is likely to be judged the most (42 per cent), however 36 per cent will form an opinion of a home inside AND out.

And of all the areas in a house, it’s the living room (33 per cent) which most judgement is reserved for.


  1. The smell
  2. The temperature
  3. Whether or not the house have been vacuumed
  4. How comfortable the furniture is
  5. If the washing up is done or not
  6. Dirty windows
  7. The books they own
  8. How well kept the furniture is
  9. Colour of the walls
  10. If the ornaments are dusty


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