There are just under five weeks until Christmas Day. If you’re going to be hosting friends and family on 25 December you’ll probably want your home to look its best for your guests. But it seems some Brits are going further than simply giving their property a thorough clean.

Research from B&Q revealed that many of us are planning to do some DIY or even decorating to spruce up our homes ahead of the festive season.

While some of the DIY jobs are just small tasks, like replacing a broken toilet seat, others require a bit more time and effort, like painting walls and hanging wallpaper, the Mirror reported.

In fact, the research found that six in ten of us started thinking about making home improvements as early as October. But if you haven’t started yet you’ll want to get your skates on to ensure that you’re ready come 25 December.

If you think you need some extra help, think about hiring a painter in Winchester, or wherever you live, to help you refresh your living room or dining room in time for Christmas. Paying a professional will not only mean you have an immaculate finish, but also that you don’t have the hassle of spending a day or two painting or wallpapering.

While the top job for homeowners to get ready for Christmas was named as buying presents, freshening up the walls with a new coat of paint was in at number four on the list. This ranked higher than buying a Christmas tree or Christmas decorations.

Cleaning the bathroom was in at number two, while cleaning the windows was number six on the list of priorities.

Kam Dhillon, from B&Q, commented: “Hosting friends and family is one of the most magical parts of Christmas, which is why it’s important to have a home you’re proud to show off during the festive season.”

It’s also a great reason to sort out those little home improvement tasks you’ve been putting off for months.

If you’re hoping to make your home look elegant in time for Christmas, there are some simple decorating tips you can follow, according to a recent article for Seen in the City. And the best part is that they don’t have to cost a lot of money.

Start by looking at how you can introduce more light into rooms to make them appear bigger. Mirrors work wonders because they bounce the available light around a space. Living rooms and hallways are the best places to put mirrors, the publication states.

Keeping it simple when it comes to the colours you choose to decorate in is also essential. The publication suggests picking a simple palette of one or two shades for your home and then using accessories to add a pop of colour here and there. To get the elegant look right though, you should broadly stick to your colour scheme with your furniture as well as your painting.

Lighting is also important and can dramatically change the look and feel of a space. Use statement lamps and fixtures rather than opting for a single, really bright light, particularly in spaces like the living room.