Preparing a house for sale includes proper maintenance. Although maintaining the family car has become second nature to most people, too few Homeowners properly maintain their homes. A house is the largest investment most people ever make, and in order to protect that investment, it requires proper maintenance. Routine maintenance prolongs the useful lives of the systems in a house and identifies problems before they turn into costly repairs. When it is time to buy, the question most Buyers ask is, "Has the home been well maintained?"