When it comes to cleaning the exterior of our homes, some jobs are easy to forget. We’re likely to pay close attention to the state of our front doors or our patios because we interact with them on a daily basis, but what about our gutters? For many of us, this is a case of “Out of sight, out of mind”. Even if we do look up every once in a while and notice that our gutters need clearing, the sheer awkwardness of the job is likely to put us off. Nobody wants to spend their day off at the top of a ladder, elbow deep in mud and leaves. This is a big mistake though. Neglecting gutters can cause serious long-term damage to your home, which can end up costing a fortune to fix. Here are a few reasons you need to give your gutters the attention they deserve before it's too late.