Christmas is a time to get the whole family together — but if you're playing host, you may find your cosy home put under the microscope.

A survey has revealed that almost half (48 per cent) of people just family and friends by the state of their house, and we can reveal what the biggest guest gripes are to help you prepare for the Christmas festivities.

Research by Lockwood firm Direct Blinds, has uncovered the top ten complaints from house guests, from dirty bathrooms to bad smells and even pets.

Top three guest gripes

Bad smells


Ashtrays and smoking


Unclean bathroom


Direct Blinds survey

And when it comes to who we want to impress, relatives are at the tip of the pile — 27 per cent of people asked said they would be most likely to clean for family, rather than friends (26 per cent) a partner (nine per cent) or even a date (four per cent)!

Direct Blinds asked for guest gripes ahead of the Christmas season
Direct Blinds asked for guest gripes ahead of the Christmas season

Top ten guest gripes

  1. Bad smells (55 per cent)
  2. Ashtrays and smoking indoors (47 per cent)
  3. Unclean bathroom (42 per cent)
  4. Noisy children (26 per cent)
  5. Unmade beds (24 per cent)
  6. Having to sleep on the floor (24 per cent)
  7. Dirty dishes (21 per cent)
  8. No blinds/curtains (15 per cent)
  9. Having to share a bed (14 per cent)
  10. Pets (13 per cent)
How can you grumble about pets at Christmas?!
How can you grumble about pets at Christmas?!

If you want happy guests this Christmas, clean sheets, a clean bathroom and feeling comfortable and at home were voted the top three priorities.

Nicolas Swift, Joint Managing Director at Direct Blinds said: “With the Christmas period rapidly approaching and many of us getting ready to host family and friends, we thought it would be interesting to look into guest behaviour and attitudes.

“The result that almost half of people surveyed would judge their friends and family members by the state of their house might spur a few people to do a bit of extra cleaning this festive season!"


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