You're new home has been designed and built meticulously to reduce the need for on-going maintenance. Despite that, there is no such thing as a maintenance free building and its important that basic maintenance is carried out to both protect your home and to keep it looking great for years to come.
Nobody likes gutters, its true, but they do a very important job in taking rain water off the roof and directing it to the drain. Most of the time, they don't need a second thought but that changes in Autumn/Winter when the leaves start to fall and the wind starts to pick up. Even gutters on high roofs (above the third floor) can become clogged with leaves and pine needles and eventually, this will spell trouble. Its important to periodically (once a year) do a visual inspection of any open gutters and remove any build up. If your home has a closed guttering system (most common on a flat roof) its important to make sure the entry into the vertical downpipes remains clear of debris.
Removing debris will ensure the gutters run free, lowering the risk of water build up and leaks.
When working at a height remember to take care, especially during inclement weather and seek professional help for any inaccessible areas.
If your home has a natural stone driveway or rear patio, its a good idea to clean it once a year. The natural surface of stone looks great and provides good slip resistance, but it also makes it harder for the rain to wash dirt from it. A pressure washer works great, but if you don't have one, a regular hose and a yard brush (not to mention some elbow grease!) will get the job the done.
Many of our homes have timber fencing to the rear, and some have timber cladding on the outside elevations. While this timber is sealed and designed to withstand our climate, over time it may need some attention. Do an annual visual inspection of the timber fence or cladding and if there is any staining or blistering, it may need to be re-treated.