If you are one of these zealous decorators, have you ever considered what your friends and family think of your illuminated exterior and tinsel adorned tree? Well, you may want to think twice before covering your house in fairy lights as the survey also revealed that, according to the British public, this is the number one seasonal faux pas. Additionally, for 13% of people, the overuse of tinsel is considered to be a big no-no.
One in six respondents stated that "tacky" decorations are a huge turnoff when visiting friends and family while 15% of those surveyed frown upon those who decide to litter their garden with rotund Santa's and inflatable reindeer.
But it doesn't end there. Surprisingly, men appear to be three times more likely than women to judge their friends for having a fake Christmas tree. Women on the other hand have zero tolerance for those who opt for clashing colours on the tree.
So where are people getting their Christmas decor inspiration?
Well, the survey turned up some interesting results. 14% of people still look to family and friends for tips on how to dress their home over the festive period, while 22% of people head straight to social media for their picture perfect inspiration. Unusually, 8% of people admitted to having a nose through other people's windows. Keeping up with the Joneses springs to mind!
As if having to deal with the judgement of family and friends isn't tough enough the survey also uncovered the most common injuries that occur, when decorating for the festive season.
The top 10 are as follows:
Jason Peterkin from 247 Blinds said:
Some of us get into putting up our Christmas decorations, but sometimes we're so involved that we don't see that we've gone slightly overboard. However, at the end of the day, you should celebrate Christmas however you like, and if that involves a ton of tinsel and reams of fairy lights then that's great!
Ed Harrison from Deakin-White:
A main factor I believe adds value to a home is being in a catchment area for an outstanding or good school. We have seen examples of homes in good school catchment areas selling a lot quicker and getting a lot more interest.
Karl Knipe from Kings Group:
Without doubt location, has always been and continues to be the number one factor effecting the price of a property. Today, Wi-Fi, broadband speed and good schools are three factors which people are interested in knowing, which again is down to picking a good location.
Marcel Roccia from Rochills :
Location has a huge effect on the price and saleability of a home, and in our experience house and flats close to a train station always sell and rent quickly.
As you can see there are many things which can impact the price of a property, but it seems the consensus is that a location will really help increasing the price of a property.
Royal Leamington Spa in Warwickshire has earned the crown of the happiest place to live in Great Britain in Rightmove's 2017 Happy at Home Index
In second place is last year's winner, Leigh-On-Sea, followed by Wirral in third
Richmond upon Thames named the happiest place to live in London, Dumfries came top for Scotland and Llandrindod Wells took the title for Wales
Over 17,000 people across 159 areas in Great Britain took part in the Rightmove study
The study asks residents how happy they are where they live and also to rank 12 happiness factors
There must be something in the water in Great Britain's spa towns, as four of them feature in the top ten happiest places to live in Rightmove's Happy at Home Index.
The town of Royal Leamington Spa has come out top and Harrogate, a winner three times in a row between 2013-2015, is in fourth. Royal Tunbridge Wells is ranked fifth and Epsom is seventh. Other spa towns also did fairly well, with Llandrindod Wells named the happiest place to live in Wales and 12th overall in Great Britain, whilst Cheltenham came 29th and Bath 38th.
Leamington Spa scored particularly high for friendly neighbours, a strong sense of belonging, a place where locals feel they can be themselves and good access to nature and green spaces.
The average asking price of a home in Leamington Spa is Â£330,848, which is almost Â£20,000 higher than a year ago. The national average asking price is currently Â£310,003.
Rightmove's Research Manager Abiola Oni comments: We've looked at the connection between each of the factors and what contributes to how happy people say they are overall, and it's the people in an area and how someone feels about living there that makes the biggest difference. So the strength of community spirit, people feeling like they belong and that they can be themselves are all more important than the services and money that they have, though these do still contribute to overall happiness.
Â Caroline Evetts, The Mayor of Royal Leamington Spa said: It is a tribute to the town's community spirit that has lead Royal Leamington Spa to be voted the happiest place to live in Great Britain.Â Royal Leamington Spa has it all, from our wonderful Regency buildings, impressive parks and gardens as well as a unique mix of high street shops and independent boutiques. Leamington people are welcoming with an impressive cultural community diversity that adds to the whole happy attitude that has no doubt put the town as the happiest place to live in Great Britain.
Clive Thompson, Office Manager at EhB Residential in Leamington Spa said: Leamington Spa continues to remain a highly desirable and popular place to live and it seems all residents would agree. Many people are choosing to move to Leamington, as it offers great access to the towns around, and excellent commuting using the road and rail network to some of the larger towns and city's surrounding, with the train station offering good access to both Birmingham and London. Local employment remains strong, with Jaguar Landrover continuing to expand, and other large names in the area including Aston Martin, National Grid, Tata, Warwick University and the computer games industry having chosen Leamington as a base. We simply see lots of buyers move to the area and stay. Having found a town which offers many cultural and leisure facilities with easy access to and from you can see why many are proud to call Leamington Spa home.
Last year Leigh-On-Sea was named the happiest place to live, and this year it takes the runner-up spot. The seaside town scored extremely well for essential local services such as schools and doctors, a strong community spirit, good pubs and restaurants and friendly neighbours.
Wirral followed in third place, and was also named the happiest place to live in the North West, scoring highly for residents feeling a sense of belonging and a place they can be themselves as well as having good local amenities.
Councillor George Davies, Cabinet Member for Housing and Community Safety in Wirral said: We're delighted this study has confirmed what we have all known for a long time â€“ Wirral is a fantastic place to live. Our residents enjoy great schools, unrivalled leisure opportunities and stunning scenery. Urban, executive homes sit side by side with picturesque and quaint rural villages in Wirral; there genuinely is something for everyone. We have the only Blue Flag beach in the North West, more Green Flag parks than anywhere in the region, and we're minutes away from major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and Chester. It's no wonder there is such a demand to live, visit and work in Wirral. It is a unique, thriving and happy place!
This year's results indicate that the South is happier, as seven out of the top ten happiest areas are in the South (Leigh on Sea, Tunbridge Wells, King's Lynn, Epsom, Richmond upon Thames, Poole and Chichester).