Fulfilling your dream of home ownership is a memorable moment in your life. But with home ownership comes great responsibilities and more work. Once you own it, you have to do the upkeep and make the necessary repairs to keep your home in good shape.

If you're on a tight budget, home repairs costs can be a problem, but you can use these tips to keep home repairs from making too big of a dent in your wallet.

Look for Manufacturer Rebates

Whether you need appliances for the home or other materials, you can often find manufacturer rebates on items you need. Check the store flyers to get an idea of what's on sale, and you'll often find at least a few good deals.

Take Measurements Twice

I'm sure you've heard it's best to measure twice and cut once. This adage definitely applies when buying materials. You want to have exact measurements before buying expensive supplies for repairs.

If you don't know the size, you'll end up spending more on materials you don't need or even buying the wrong ones. Some things you need may be difficult to measure, like garage door springs, but you can search online and find guides to help you find the right size of almost anything you could need.

Borrow or Rent Tools

You may not have some of the tools you need for home repairs, and they can be expensive to buy - an expense you may not have figured into your budget. The solution is to borrow or rent tools you need to do home repairs.

Local home improvement stores and rental businesses can loan you tools for a price. All you have to do is take care of them and return them on time. A friendly neighbor may also have a tool you need. All you have to do is ask.

Use Salvaged Materials

Save money and do some good for the environment by finding and using salvaged materials to complete home repairs. You may find that many of the things you need are available such as doors, windows and light fixtures.

Do a quick online search and see if there are any reuse center or salvage stores in your area. You may be surprised at the money you can save by using reclaimed items.

Practice Preventative Maintenance

If you practice preventative maintenance, you'll save money on repairs because you'll catch problems early and fix them before they become a huge expense. Your heating system, garage door, plumbing and many other working parts of the home require regular servicing to keep them working properly. Make it a point to learn how to conduct routine maintenance on your home.

Once you own your home for a few years, you'll better understand its inner working and be able to detect problems early on. All homes need repairs from time to time, but you don't have to break the bank to get the job done. Use these tips and create a realistic budget to help prevent home repairs from breaking the bank.

Scott Huntington is a writer from central Pennsylvania. He enjoys working on his home and garden with his wife and 2 kids. Follow him on Twitter @SMHuntington