Like your car, regular preventive maintenance on your home can avoid costly problems later on. It can also assist in achieving the highest return when selling, not to mention lessening the amount of money spent in preparing it for the market place. It’s a good idea to develop and implement a routine maintenance plan. Most people take their car in regularly for some sort of maintenance, why not perform a similar service for your house? By checking pipes and sewer lines for cracks, rust and leaks on a regular basis, you begin to prevent costly repairs. Get the heating and cooling systems cleaned and checked on a yearly basis. A furnace or air-conditioning system that is clean and in good working order, doesn’t have to work as hard and will ultimately save you money. Fix any loose tiles or baseboards, and touch up any paint where required. On the outside of your home, make sure that gutters are free of debris. While you’re up on the ladder, take a look at the roof. Do the shingles look ok? If some are loose, or missing, you have the beginning of a preventive maintenance project. Caulk any windows and make sure steps and handrails are in good repair. Treat your home as the investment it is and it will pay off the dividend when you sell!