A survey carried out by a mouldable glue manufacturer, Sugru has found that nearly 60% of us are embarrassed about the state of our homes.A survey carried out by a mouldable glue manufacturer, Sugru has found that nearly 60% of us are embarrassed about the state of our homes.

The study of 2,000 homeowners found that whilst 25% are only really worried about one room or area of their house, more than 50% said there are several rooms they are unhappy about and 21% feel embarrassed about the entire house.

For some, the embarrassment can really disrupt their social lives. 43% admitted to refusing to let people into certain areas of their house. 33% won't even let people through their front door. 28% have pretended to be out when someone has knocked at the door to avoid them getting a glimpse inside their home. 22% also admitted to ending a date early rather inviting them back for coffee and 17% had asked people to pick them up or drop them off at another address.

The study found that 58% have plans to improve their home, with 16% saying the motivation for getting it done is purely because they are so embarrassed about its current state.

Other reasons for wanting to work on their home included being inspired by property TV shows, wanting to sell your home and the prospect of a visit from family and friends.

However, 18% are struggling to make the changes they would like to their home because they are too busy to do it themselves or don’t have the money to cover the cost.

Other reasons included not knowing what to do or where to start, believing it’s easier to avoid the problem than deal with it.

The top twenty things that people were embarrassed about were:

  1. It’s messy
  2. There are lots of DIY jobs which need starting
  3. Dated kitchen units
  4. Cracked walls and/or ceilings
  5. Dated carpets
  6. It needs completely redecorating
  7. There is lots of clutter and rubbish lying around
  8. Faded or peeling paintwork
  9. Dirty/stained carpets
  10. Dated or shabby wallpaper
  11. It’s too small
  12. There are patches of mould
  13. Bad/anti-social neighbours
  14. There are lots of half-done DIY jobs which need finishing
  15. Patchy lawns
  16. It smells of my pets, cigarettes etc
  17. Overgrown gardens
  18. Old, broken furniture
  19. Bold or garish colour schemes
  20. It’s a bad area