A home is one of the biggest purchases you will make. But just because you spend a lot of money on it now, it doesn’t mean you want to continue spending. So if you want your home to last, then just like a car or your health, you have to maintain it. Plus, if you take care of small problems now, you will save yourself money in the long run.Here are five home maintenance steps that save money.

Clean the Gutters

Gutters are perfect for directing water away from your home and thus preventing damage. Throughout the year, though, and especially during the fall, leaves and other debris clog them up. When your gutters are full of debris, they’re not only prevented from doing their job, they can also become weighted down and break. Take time each year to clean them out yourself, and you can spare yourself the major cost of replacement later on.

Snake Sewer Lines

If your house has lots of trees or plants with deep roots, it is an excellent idea to have your sewer lines snaked regularly. Roots seek out water and will break through plumbing lines to get the drink they need. Before your sewer lines become clogged with roots and other debris, snake them and prevent them from backing up and pushing sewage into your home. The cost is far less to snake the lines than it is to clean up the damage from sewage pouring into your home.

Maintain Your Heating and Air Conditioning System

It doesn’t matter if your furnace and air conditioning unit are old or new, it is important to have them maintained regularly. Hire a HVAC professional to come and service your units once a year. In the meantime, be sure to change your air filters at least once per quarter. By changing filters regularly, you keep your heating and cooling systems from cycling dirty air through your home, and you also prevent your HVAC systems from having to work harder than necessary. Spending a little money on filters will save you from the significant costs of repairing a damaged unit.

Clean Your Dryer Vent

Did you know that dryer vents full of lint are the leading cause of house fires? This can be prevented by simply cleaning your dryer vents annually. All it takes is a little time and a good vacuum, preferably a shop vac, and you can suck all the potentially dangerous lint out of your vents. It’s something that costs you absolutely zero money to do and can save you the cost of losing your home.

Seal Windows and Doors

Depending on the age of your home, you may notice that doors or windows have shifted as your home settles. This can create gaps or small spaces that let air in. If you would like to save money on your heating and cooling costs, use caulk or weather stripping to rid your home of drafts.

Don’t let small jobs go undone and cost you more money later on. Instead, take a few steps now and save money over the life of your home.