Do you answer the door if you're not expecting anyone?
A study has revealed that nearly half of Brits will give it a long hard think before answering the door, as they look to avoid cold callers, neighbours and family members.
In fact, it was found that half of Brits fail to answer the door if they have an unexpected visitor or one they simply don't want to see.
2,515 Brits were quizzed by www.Hillarys.co.uk as part of an ongoing study that is looking into our habits around the home.
Asking homeowners "How often do you answer the door to unexpected guests?", just under half of the respondents (46 per cent) said "I will only answer if it's someone I want to see".
In comparison, 34 per cent said "I answer the door to everyone when I'm at home", while 20 per cent responded "I never answer the door to anyone I'm not expecting".
The study then asked who they would be most likely to ignore at the door, with the main answers found to be:
1. Cold callers - 87 per cent
2. Neighbours - 65 per cent
3. Family members - 25 per cent
4. Friends - 19 per cent
5. My partner - 16 per cent
Respondents were then asked "What are your reasons for not answering the door to someone?" - the main responses were "I don't want to deal with people trying to sell or sign me up to something" (29 per cent), "I don't want people lingering and overstaying their welcome" (24 per cent) and "There are certain people I don't like to spend time with" (20 per cent).
The oldest trick in the book comes into play for many too, with 34 per cent saying they simply pretend they're not in if there's a knock at the door they don't want to answer.
Halloween also proved an unpopular time of year, with 41 per cent saying they would ignore the door. Of these, 68 per cent said they would give the illusion of not being at home to prevent anyone from knocking at their door.
Tara Hall, spokesperson for www.Hillarys.co.uk, said: "It’s understandable that most people don’t really want to deal with sales reps at their doorstep, but some of these figures are far more shocking – particularly turning down friends and family!"