New research has revealed that the UK is a nation of domestic gods and goddesses, with 38% of homeowners claiming to be very house-proud.
We polled the nation to find out just how house-proud we are as a country, and revealed that two thirds of Brits believe their home is very clean, with more than one in five UK homeowners (22%) carrying out a deep clean on their house at least once a fortnight.
Brits go to a number of lengths to ensure their house looks as good as it can, with a quarter admitting to vacuuming their floors every day, almost a third (32%) own matching plates, mugs and cutlery, one in five (19%) regularly purchasing expensive candles, and 40% taking time to plump their cushions.
The house-proud traits don’t stop there. Over a third (34%) of those surveyed said they had a colour scheme in their home, 20% of UK homeowners own a formal dinner set or special set of mugs, and one in 10 (10%) admitted to making fresh coffee to improve the smell of their home.
Norwich is the city which claims to be the most house proud, with the East Anglian city giving themselves an average rating of 7.3 out of 10, when asked how house proud they are. Sheffield and Gloucester also both rated themselves above 7. Portsmouth was the least house-proud city, scoring just 5.9 out of 10.
The top ten most house-proud cities in the UK are:
The study also revealed that Brits are very protective over new items of furniture, in particular sofas, with 45% of those surveyed saying they wouldn’t feel relaxed about letting people sit on a new couch for at least a few months after they purchased it, with nearly one in ten (9%) admitting they would always feel uncomfortable letting people on their sofa. Furthermore, 36% of Brits do not allow pets on their sofa, with pens (27%), dinner (21%) and feet (18%) also no goes. A third of those surveyed said they would not allow people to sit on the arm rests of a sofa.
Despite the fact that Brits on the whole are very house proud, there were differing results when looking at who carries out the house work. Half of men (56%)** believe their partner is lazy, despite women claiming to do the majority of chores in the home. Two thirds (65%) of women regularly clean the bathroom, compared to only 23% of men, and 70% of women do the laundry, versus just one in five men (20%).
Although Brits may appear very house proud, when it comes to preparing our homes for guests, the stats say otherwise. Research revealed that 15%*** of UK homeowners admit to not changing sheets in the spare bedroom after someone has stayed in them, and one in ten regularly give guests dirty towels. One in five hosts have also admitted to serving food they have dropped on the floor.