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A home is the biggest purchase that most people will ever make. Doing regular maintenance is the best way to ensure you protect that asset and avoid costly repairs down the line, says Matt Blashaw, licensed contractor and host of the DIY Network show "Money Hunters."

"You have to think of your home like a car, and you just have to give it the maintenance in order for it to treat you right," Blashaw says. "When people don't take the time to do that maintenance, it's at the worst times -- during a heavy winter or now in the rainy season -- when the house comes back to bite you."

But proper do-it-yourself home maintenance can save you money. Here are seven tips to help you get the most out of your home-improvement dollars and keep your home in good working order for years to come.




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