DIY Home Upkeep A seasonal guide to maintaining your home

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Homeowners can avoid emergency repairs by completing a few home projects each season. A simple project such as inspecting the plumbing annually can prevent the unexpected cost of repairing water damage from a pipe that burst.

“Repairing water damage can cost 22 times the amount of annually cleaning the gutters, which can prevent water damage to the home’s foundation,” said Chris Terrill, CEO of HomeAdvisor. “The average cost of cleaning the gutters is $212 according to HomeAdvisor’s Cost Guide.”

From spring to winter, Terrill offers these maintenance tips to help homeowners save money and time in the long run:

Spring

* Plumbing. Every spring inspect all plumbing for leaks. Small problems, like leaky faucets and clogged drains can turn into big headaches if left unchecked. The average national cost of hiring a plumber to repair pipes is $411; however, repairing water damage can cost seven times that amount.
* Roof…

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