Yes I feel your pain mostly in the case of when you sell someone a house that is on a maintenance schedule rather than a full rennovation nightmare, what the hell is it to keep up a bare minimum???
My first house was only 50 years old, but the original owner kept it supreme and we continued to keep it as one of the best kept properties in the neighborhood. We lived in a city where the "Joe 6-pack" mentality ruled it is a BIG TIME welfare town and crime ridden too. My neighborhood was one of the last few areas that didn't have as many problems as the rest of the city, but compared to where I live now, it was a demilitarized zone. People barely mowed lawns and trimmed bushes and the neighborhood was "so-so" at best. So if you took care of your house it was an immediate stand out! People would also stop and even compliment us on how nice it looked when they walked or drove by.....
Well in 2006 we put it up for sale and the first people who looked at it bought it!! The way the new owners were acting we thought they were going to love the house and continue its care an upkeep as they were so excited at how "perfect" everything was.
Well... my mother still lives on the same street, she's lucky in her little part of the street only 1 house is not kept up. A hoarder lives in that house. (are you getting a picture in your head... a hoarder who lives in a slab foundation ranch with the cellar, attic and only a one car garage.....you will NOT sleep tonight.....). I have to drive by my former house. Its a shame that the house had vinyl siding and a low maintenance garden that even with NO maintenance is looking ratty. I guess too with the toys all over the lawn, trash barrels left out front, no trimmed grass and a forsythia bush that was allowed to overgrow the corner of the house....the house fits right in with the rest of the neighborhood. No one has seen her husband in such a long time that talk is going around he's in jail..... I guess that's enough said there, right???