Owning a home has endless perks, but with that comes many responsibilities. It is important to keep up with the maintenance of your home to keep costs lower further down the road. You may feel the desire to put off some of the things you should be doing for your home, but ignoring these easy tasks will only cost you more in the future. Realty Times outlined 4 easy things you should be doing regularly to make your home stay in better shape for a longer period of time.

Clean Out Your Gutters

You should be cleaning the leaves and debris out of your gutters at least bi-yearly. This is something you could do yourself or if you’re uncomfortable climbing up on a ladder, you could hire a professional to do the work. If you choose to do it yourself, be sure to wear eye protection and use a stable ladder. Cleaning your gutters protects your home’s foundation, siding, and the surrounding landscape.

Test Your Garage Door Openers

This is something you should be doing every other month and many people may not think about it. Test it to make sure the door reverses when something is in the way or if the sensor beam is halted. If the power goes out, instead of calling a technician, open it manually. Pull the red cord hanging from the operator in your garage. This disengages the cord from the main system. Be careful though, once you manually lift the door, it will come crashing back down if it’s not held up.

Repair a Dripping Faucet

If you have a dripping faucet, imagine how much extra you are paying for the unused water. To save some money, try fixing the drip yourself before calling a plumber. First, power down the main water source. Then, remove the faucet’s handles and check the washers for any wear and tear. Replace any broken parts that you find.

Keep the Bugs Out

Just because you can’t see the bugs doesn’t mean they aren’t there. Pests can cause problems for furniture, ceilings, walls, and countless other parts of your home. Hire a pest control company that will regularly sweep every part of your home to detect and treat infestations.

These 4 tips are simple and fast. Neglecting them could cost you hundreds of dollars - money that could have been saved or spent elsewhere. While following these tips will help you, always routinely check other parts of your home for problems. This will end up saving you even more in the long run.