As we head into festive party season and festoon our houses with tinsel, estate agent comparison site GetAgent has warned that decking your halls might cost you a pretty penny if you are looking to sell your property.

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Its survey found that almost a quarter (24%) of potential buyers were Grinches who would be deterred from viewing a house if it had an ‘over-the-top’ level of outdoor Christmas lights and decorations.

The results also found that the bah-humbug view was long- lasting, with 38% of potential buyers deterred by decorations saying they would not do a repeat viewing once the festive season had come to an end.

Not surprisingly, GetAgent found the number-one deterrent was decorations in sexually suggestive positions, followed closely by those making rude gestures such as hand signals.

Blow-up snowmen or Santas, alongside flashing wall-mounted Christmas lights, life-sized reindeer and sleighs and Christmas-themed doormats also got a piece of coal in the stocking.

However, fairy lights, multi-coloured or neutral white, were found to be the smallest turn-off to potential buyers – so perhaps they’re not all Scrooges after all.