Originally Posted by Mr Unoriginal
To me it would be pride in my home. I would want to it look nice on the outside all of the time, not just when I am ready to sell it. From a more practical angle, your neighbors may be wanting to sell their house. If your house looks nicer, they will get more money for theirs. You would expect the same from your neighbors when you are ready to sell yours.
My neighbors are not a concern. The neighbor on one side keeps to himself and his house has a half fallen over garage being propped up by boards and he keeps exercise equipment that he does not use on his roof(no kidding). The other side is inconsiderate of neighbors having a party every weekend where they show little regard for others, they also took down part of the privacy fence that belonged to the prior owner before she blew up at them. They are not bad people and everyone else on the block seems nice enough, but there are enough dingy houses that me not washing the outside of my house(something I have NEVER seen anyone do)hardly makes me a jackass.
As for pride in my own home. I have pride in it, but its on the inside. I could give a crap if the outside looked like crap as long as it is physically sound. Just like with people, the inside of a house is what matters to me. And when you walk inside my home its pretty clean and organized, I intend to keep things running and the first impression people get are all the books, video games and board games we own.
I will drop the subject after this. Like I said before if this is something that for maintenance reason i need to do I will do it. And if this is something that I let sit for 5 years and it would become caked on to the point I can not get it off, id do it. However the prior owners(who we knew)never did it and the house despite being 100 years old and the paneling being 10ish years old looks great. I was not trying to shoot people down for no reason, just saying I did not see an immediate need to do that ONE suggestion.