Once December arrives, most homeowners begin to decorate their houses with tinsel and lights. However, recent research has shown that many people lack festive spirit, with three million Brits having tried to get their neighbours’ decorations taken down.
According to Churchill Insurance, 45 per cent of those selling their property who did not like the exterior of the houses on their street were worried they would decrease the value of their own home.
The financial services provider noted that of those who have tried to get their neighbours’ decorations removed, 30 per cent simply did so because they thought they looked tacky.
Martin Scott, head of Churchill home insurance, advised: “If you are making any drastic exterior changes it may be worth speaking to your neighbours first.”
He noted that while homeowners like to decorate their abodes the way they want, “anything that may affect the value of someone else’s home is bound to be a sensitive topic”.
According to a recent article in Unilad, many people put up Christmas decorations as a means of appearing friendly to neighbours, so it is a good idea to make sure they are happy with your lights, wreaths and window displays before going ahead with them.
It is not just Christmas decor that some people find offensive either. The Church Insurance findings revealed that brightly painted exteriors, flag poles and garden gnomes were among the most disliked features of neighbouring homes.
Apparently, these fears are not unfounded, with more than 2.5 million Brits confessing they avoided buying somewhere due to the design of its neighbouring houses.
Of course, those considering sash windows in Essex do not have to worry about upsetting neighbours, as these are regarded as a very sought-after style of window.