Archives: April 2016

The Top 5 Home Features That Save Time and Money

Everyone wants to save money on energy bills every month. But did you know that having today’s popular energy-efficient features in your home can also save you time and stress when you sell your home?

two home buyers surrounded by moving boxesMore and more first-time home buyers are searching for homes in the area, so there is more of a demand for move-in ready homes or homes with certain features.

As Millennial Magazine notes, what buyers are looking for in a home include open floor plans, homes with great cell service, and energy-efficient features.

Having the best energy-efficient home features now means you won’t need to upgrade your home later when you sell. Plus, these features may also add value to your home.

5. Programmable Thermostats

Programmable thermostats let you control when you want the heat and air conditioning to be running in your home, saving you money on your monthly energy bills. Some thermostats, such as Nest Learning Thermostats, even let you control the temperature remotely on your phone, an appealing feature for today’s home buyers.

upgraded kitchen with bright spring flowers4. Energy-Efficient Appliances

There are plenty of cost-saving options for the appliances throughout your home. Energy Star offers many appliances and equipment from kitchen appliances to water heaters that are popular energy-efficient home features.

3. Green Home Construction

Materials involved in home construction can be also be energy-efficient. Different types of insulation and energy-efficient windows, such as low-emissivity (low E), can be installed to reduce your heating and cooling costs.

2. Low-Flow Plumbing Fixtures

A way to save money on your water bill is to replace your toilet, faucet, or shower head with a low-flow toilet and water-conserving features.

LED light bulb on a white surface1. LED Lightbulbs

A simple switch from incandescent lighbulbs to LED bulbs will not only brighten your home but save you money on your energy bill.

Using these bulbs can also help you as you’re selling your home, too; brighter rooms are more appealing to buyers who are scrolling through online listing photos and viewing homes.

Today’s Buyers are Searching for Your Home

Not all home buyers are searching for new construction homes in the area. In fact, the National Association of Home Builders found that less than 9% of Millennials and only 12% of older home buyers bought a new home.

Today’s home buyers may be searching for a home that is similar to yours, and if you have the energy-efficient home features they are looking for, they may value your home more.

But Before You Upgrade Your Home…

person using an iphoneAs the real estate experts in this area, we know what features home buyers are looking for. So before you completely upgrade your home with these features or other home improvements, talk to us about whether you need to spend the time and money installing them.

All your home may need is expert marketing to attract buyers.

We’d be happy to talk with you about the best energy-efficient home features and what today’s buyers are searching for. Just give us a call.

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How to Prepare to Sell Your Home in New Albany

It takes a lot of time and preparation before you list your home on the market, and the selling process can often seem overwhelming. But we hope that by simplifying the steps you need to take, selling your home in New Albany will not be as stressful. Here are our essential tips to prepare to sell your home in New Albany.

Make a List of What Needs to be Cleaned or Repaired

Before you tackle the often overwhelming task of decluttering your home, take note of what needs to be cleaned, repaired, or replaced. This includes both the outside of your home as well as the inside.

Declutter the Inside of Your Home

Buyers want to see how space is used in a home. That means that any furniture, clothing, and household items you do not use and have stored in closets or the garage should be cleaned out. Donate or discard any items that you no longer want, and put the rest in storage out of sight.

living room in a new albany home that has been properly prepared to sell

This home’s living room has been carefully decluttered, showcasing every inch of space. Listing courtesy of Thomas & Company.

Neutralize the Inside of Your Home

In order to make your home more attractive to potential buyers, you want to help them easily picture themselves living in your home. Remove any distractions, such as personal photos and heirlooms, and give your home more neutral wall colors and décor.

new albany home for sale with neutral decor

This bathroom has been decluttered and given neutral wall colors.

Make Necessary Home Repairs

Does your roof need replacing or is a faucet leaking? It’s time to make the repairs now before you list your home. New Albany buyers tend to think repairs cost more than they do, and could choose a home from another seller. But if you list your home with all the repairs taken care of, buyers will have a great first impression of your home.

Remember, don’t start any major renovations, since it is unlikely you will receive a return when you sell. Make sure to consult with your trusted Realtor if you have any questions.

Select the Right Realtor

a home seller discussing her goals with her trusted Realtor in New AlbanyLast but not least, as you prepare to sell your home, selecting the right Realtor is crucial. It is important to find not only a reputable and successful professional, but a Realtor you feel comfortable working with.

The Realtors at Thomas & Company have been helping New Albany residents sell homes for over 30 years combined, helping sellers receive top dollar for their homes due to their in-depth market knowledge and their personal touch.

If you are considering listing your home, we can help you beyond these basic home preparation tips, advising you about creating curb appeal, staging your home, and pricing your home to appeal to buyers when you place your home on the market.

Just call us at 614.939.1234 and we can talk about selling your home in New Albany.

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Learn What Makes New Albany Great Before You Relocate

When you are relocating to New Albany, Ohio, the largest challenge you face is knowing very little about the community. Where are the best restaurants? What are the best neighborhoods? What are the average home values? What is the weather like?

But you don’t have to do all of this research by yourself. Here are five helpful resources about relocating to and living in New Albany.

1. The Essential Relocation Checklist

Before you start to consider neighborhoods or even your favorite homes in New Albany, it’s helpful to make a list of all the things that you require in your new neighborhood.

checklist with pen isolated on whiteHere is a checklist to help you get started.

  • Proximity to shopping centers and entertainment
  • Proximity to recreational activities
  • Proximity to schools
  • Proximity to major roads

Moving with kids or moving with pets? Here are the steps that you can take to ease the transition for everyone.

2. A List of the Best Places to Live in New Albany

From New Albany’s country clubs to new construction communities off of Central College Road, there are dozens of neighborhoods and subdivisions that top the list of best places to live in New Albany. Explore the best neighborhoods here to find price ranges, a list of common home features, and available homes for sale. You will be the expert in no time.

3. See Who’s Involved in the Community

What makes New Albany a great place to live is not just the beautiful homes. Community members such as Fire Chief John Hoovler and organizations such as Cooking With Friends are all dedicated to keeping this community a welcoming place to live.

Spend some time learning about New Albany’s hard-working community members by watching videos in the “Around New Albany” series.

4. Know About All the Schools in New Albany

apple on stack of school textbooksThe New Albany-Plain Local School District is an exceptional public school district. All of its schools have earned the prestigious distinction of National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. You can find details about New Albany public schools here, including a list of distinctions, contact information, and their academic performance.

There are also a variety of private school options for New Albany residents. See the full list of schools in the area in this New Albany private school directory.

You can also find a full list of pre-schools in the New Albany area, including contact information and ages served, on the New Albany pre-school directory. Now, relocating to New Albany, Ohio is much easier.

5. Get Insider Information on the Real Estate Market

Want to be the expert on New Albany before you relocate to the area? Now you don’t have to spend hours researching the real estate market conditions.

Keep up with the housing market on the New Albany, Ohio real estate blog, view featured listings to see what’s available for sale, and impress New Albany residents with your knowledge of which homes have recently sold.

We Want to Make Your Relocation Enjoyable

Relocating to New Albany does not have to be a stressful process. We want to make sure that it’s an enjoyable experience for you!

home buyer receiving key to new homeAs the New Albany, Ohio real estate experts, and residents of this excellent community for over 20 years, we know everything about living in New Albany. Our website has all of the resources you need to make a smooth transition to your new home in this community.

Are you ready to find your next home in New Albany? Let’s view an available property you have been considering; just call us at 614.939.1234.

Is Renting Truly Cheaper Than Buying a Home?

Owning a home is a dream for many people. You have the opportunity to invest in a place of your own and build equity, not to mention carve out a space that reflects who you are and what you love.

However, worries about down payments, property taxes, maintenance, and insurance (and student loans) can make buying a home seem like wishful thinking, which is why you may prefer to rent a home or apartment.

But is renting cheaper than buying a home? There are more than just financial costs to consider. Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages of renting.

a person holding a wad of cashYou Receive No Return When You Rent a Property

As a renter, you’re paying hundreds of dollars a month to live in your community, and if you want to move, it’s much easier. But renting a home doesn’t offer you investment opportunities.

Unlike paying off your home loan and building equity, the money you pay when you rent goes straight to the property owner or manager.

You Don’t Build Credit When You Rent

As this recent Forbes article explains, your credit score often does not factor in your on-time monthly rent payments, so renting a property is not a great way to build credit.

Additionally, renting doesn’t provide you with any tax benefits. If you own a home, however, you can deduct mortgage insurance and property taxes, and exclude capital gains when you sell.

You Cannot Customize Your Living Space

upgraded kitchen with bright spring flowersNot all costs are financial. There are opportunity costs of renting a home instead of buying a home, and customization is one of them.

There may be rules and regulations in your rental community that prevent you from changing your space to fit your style, such as painting the walls or upgrading the kitchen. These rules may also prevent you from living with a pet.

Owning a home means you can create your own space (with your choice of countertops and kitchen cabinets), you can invest in home improvements, and you can live with your furry companion.

You Have a Harder Time Connecting with Your Community

Forming deep connections with your neighbors is likely not high on your priority list if you’re a renter, especially when you consider that you will only be living in the community for a short time. If you desire to get to know your neighbors, homeownership is a better option.

buyer holding house keys to new homeRenting vs. Buying: The Bottom Line

Renting gives you flexibility and little maintenance to worry about. Buying a home is a long-term investment that gives you a space you can customize, helps you build credit and equity, and connects you with your community.

We want to help you make the best decision, and we have important real estate market resources that you can use to help you decide if renting is cheaper for you than buying a home. Just give us a call and we can talk about your plans.