First impressions count: How we take just 38 seconds to judge someone’s home

A study 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.

A spokesman for the Independent Network said: “Our homes are of course very personal to us and in many ways are a representation of our style.

“So there is a sense when we have visitors over that we are leaving ourselves open to criticism and judgement.

“But people shouldn’t be apprehensive about what others may or may not think – ultimately it’s the opinion of the homeowners themselves which is most important.”

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

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

While a fifth have also ‘helped out’ by adjusting any wonky pictures or reorganising ornaments.

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

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

A spokesman for the Independent Network added: “Inevitably we do form opinions when we are welcomed into other people’s homes – people are naturally inquisitive.

“But as the research shows, our opinions of a home change freely, so it’s never too late to impress visitors with our dwellings.

“However our priority should be what we think of our own homes rather than what others think – although getting inspiration from any homes you visit is no bad thing.”

To get top tips on how to make a good first impression and for an interactive infographic go to https://www.inveka.co.uk/social-hub/top-tips/room-for-improvement/

TOP 10 FIRST IMPRESSIONS WHEN VISITING A HOME

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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