Central Ohio Home Maintenance Guide

Whether you're a new homeowner, a long-standing resident, or preparing to sell your home, keeping up with maintenance is key to preserving your property's value and ensuring a comfortable living environment. At The Alfriend Group, we understand that home care can be a complex task, which is why we've put together this comprehensive guide. Our goal is to provide you with valuable insights and tips that will assist you in managing the upkeep of your home, no matter your current home-ownership stage.

Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

HVAC Filter Check and Replacement

Every month, take a moment to check your HVAC filters. It's like giving your home a breath of fresh air. Clean filters not only improve air quality, but they also make your system more efficient, saving on energy costs. Simply locate the filter slot, remove the old filter, and if it looks like it's seen better days, swap it out with a new one. Remember, the right size and type are key for optimal performance.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Safety first! Regularly testing your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors can be a lifesaver. Press the “test” button on each detector to hear that reassuring beep. If it's silent, it’s time to replace the batteries or possibly the entire unit if it's showing its age.

Garbage Disposal Cleaning

Keep your garbage disposal in top shape by giving it a quick clean. A simple mix of ice cubes and salt, or vinegar, can sharpen the blades and clear away any lingering smells. Just run this concoction through the disposal, followed by a flush of water, and you're all set.

Inspect and Clean Drains

A clogged drain can be a real headache. Stay ahead by regularly checking and cleaning your sink and shower drains. A little baking soda and vinegar followed by hot water can work wonders in keeping things flowing smoothly. Tougher clogs might call for a plunger or plumber's snake.

Check Faucets for Leaks

Drips and leaks can be more than just annoying; they can lead to higher water bills and damage. Turn off your faucets and take a moment to inspect for any telltale signs of leakage. Catching these early can save both water and your wallet.

Inspect Electrical Cords and Plugs

A quick scan of your home's electrical cords and plugs can prevent potential fire hazards. Frayed wires, loose connections, or damaged plugs are red flags. Stay safe by repairing or replacing any troubled cords.

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Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist


  • Exterior Inspection: Winter can be tough on a house. Check for any damage to your roof, siding, or foundation, and make repairs to keep everything shipshape.
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clear out the remnants of winter storms to ensure your home’s drainage is ready for spring showers.
  • Prepare Lawn Equipment: Get your mower and other tools serviced so they're ready to keep your yard looking its best.
  • Start Up Irrigation System: Check those sprinkler heads and test for leaks to keep your lawn and garden thriving.
  • Air Conditioning Tune-Up: Before the heat hits, make sure your AC is in tip-top shape with a professional service.


  • Inspect and Repair Deck/Patio: Keep your outdoor living spaces in great shape. Check for any wear and tear and protect them with a fresh sealant.
  • Check Exterior Plumbing: Ensure your outdoor faucets and hoses are leak-free and ready for summer use.
  • Pest Control: Keep an eye out for unwelcome critters and address any infestations promptly.
  • Window and Door Seals: A quick check can help improve your home’s energy efficiency during the hot months.
  • Landscape Maintenance: Regular lawn care and tending to your gardens keep your outdoor spaces looking inviting.


  • Gutter Cleaning and Inspection: Prepare for the rainy season by making sure your gutters are clear and in good condition.
  • Heating System Check: Have your heating system serviced to ensure it's ready for the colder months.
  • Weatherproofing: Seal any gaps in windows and doors, and get those pipes insulated to keep the warmth in and the cold out.
  • Drain Irrigation System: Avoid freezing damage by draining your sprinkler system.
  • Roof Inspection: Give your roof a pre-winter check-up to ensure it's ready for whatever the season brings.


  • Interior Inspection: Keep your home cozy and efficient by checking for drafts and inspecting your insulation.
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure these vital safety devices are ready for the winter months.
  • Holiday Lighting Safety: If you're decking the halls, do so safely. Inspect all lighting before installation.
  • Check Emergency Supplies: Stock up on essentials like salt and shovels to keep your home safe during winter storms.
  • Plumbing: Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures to avoid bursts and leaks.

Why Choose The Alfriend Group?

The Alfriend Group is always here to ensure that your home remains a source of joy and comfort for years to come. Should you have any questions or require further assistance with your new home or any future real estate ventures, please contact us at info@alfriendgroup.com or call 614-395-1776.

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