Your home is your castle. It's one of the biggest investments a person can make. If you live in a neighborhood under the auspices of a homeowner's association, upkeep and maintenance aren't just matters of pride, it could be a matter of neighborhood reminder letters or even fines.
There's another big reason why homeowners should make sure their property (both inside and outside) is maintained and in good shape. That reason? A homeowner could be liable if someone is injured on their property.