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Change Your Home with Color!

Orange ChairWe like color and the positive impact it can have on you and your home!

As Realtors, we constantly counsel sellers on the need to take their homes to white, beige, gray and greige in order to sell. But selling your home isn’t anything like living in your home. When you are selling, we treat your home like a Hollywood set. But for living in your home, it needs to reflect YOU!

Moll Anderson’s book, “Change Your Home, Change Your Life With Color,” notes that “color is an amazing source of energy and has a sensory effect on all of us. It affects our moods, our feelings, and even our behaviors.”

FullSizeRenderWe believe this is true. Orange is a very happy color for Kate and Tony, who have introduced it into every room in their house, most dramatically in their dining room artwork. We are advocates for pops of color in your home – whether it’s a piece of furniture, art, accessory, drapes, or accent wall. We’re not suggesting you need color from floor to ceiling in every room of your home. Be creative; there are no rules. How do you want your home to inspire you? Do you want your home to make you feel happy, calm, energized, passionate, creative, dramatic, rested, etc.?

Rather than focusing on spring cleaning your home, we propose you consider sprucing up with a pop of color for exactly what you need to bring into your life!

FullSizeRender (2)Thinking of selling your home?

If you are thinking about selling your home in the near future, don’t hesitate to call us about our marketing services, including home staging. We will advise you of what today’s buyers prefer and get you all fixed up to sell! Thomas & Company will coordinate anything that needs to be done and even stage your home for you!

Have fun and happy spring!

 

6 Simple Holiday Decorating Ideas for Your Home

What really makes your home warm and merry this holiday season is the people you welcome into it. Sometimes we get so consumed with the details – cleaning, decorating, shopping, cooking – that we forget to stop and take the time to enjoy the best part of the holidays – spending time and making memories with our loved ones. So here are some super simple holiday decorating ideas to help make your home more festive and leave you plenty of time and energy left to enjoy what matters most.

  1. Fill a glass vase (or other unique container) with colorful glass balls. This adds color and cheer to any room, and allows you to showcase your crystal vase or glass bowl that rarely come out of storage and make use of those “extra” ornaments.
  2. Fill a fireplace (that you are not planning to use, of course) with several poinsettia plants. This can really brighten up a room and add a cheery focal point. Finish the look by draping some garland over the mantel for a framing effect.
  3. Highlight a large light fixture with a little garland and/or a sprig of mistletoe. This is a great way to add some decorations to a room without taking up any table or floor space, which can be limited, especially if you are entertaining.
  4. Cover empty boxes in various sizes with shiny, colorful holiday wrapping paper. You can arrange tiny boxes on a serving platter and use as a centerpiece, and fill empty corners or display shelves with larger boxes.
  5. Hang a single, small to mid-size wreath in a feature window.
  6. Tie a swag or two on your mailbox. Add some ribbon for an added pop of color.

We Can Assist With Your Holiday Real Estate Needs

Are you buying your next home or selling your current home during the holidays? We are here to help with anything you need. Call us at 614.939.8944.

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12 Tips for a Safer Holiday Home

Our world is full of risk at every turn—from perilous jobs to dangerous driving conditions. That’s why we all love to get back to our homes and not worry about everyday safety hazards. It’s great to feel comfortable and safe at home, but is it as safe as it can be?

Your home should be your haven: the place where you will be protected from harm. It should be a top priority, and yet every year 12,000 people or more visit the emergency room during the holiday months due to accidents and unintended injuries sustained from hidden dangers around the home.

With a sharp eye and preventive action you can reduce the chances of lurking safety dangers for everyone who visits your home.

1. Good Lighting

Adequate lighting reduces the risk of tripping and falling both inside and outside your home. This is especially important in winters when days are shorter. Critical areas that need to be illuminated are the stairs, outdoors, and foyers. Make sure your street number is well lit and visible from the street to aid first responders find your home. The fix: Make sure adequate wattage is utilized and long-life bulbs and motion detectors are in place.

electrician working on outlet2. Electrical Problems?

Electrical issues, like a flickering light or a dead outlet, can be mild annoyances that actually signal serious dangers. If not addressed promptly, a faulty electrical system can result in house fires and shocks. The fix: If you’re experiencing any problems with your electricity, contact a professional right away. In your daily life, make sure electrical cords are not frayed or pierced and extension cords are securely connected. Do not run too many cords to a single outlet. Unplug small appliances, space heaters, and power tools when not in use.

3. Do Routine Cleaning

Not maintaining your appliances leads to a greater chance of accidental home fires. The fix: Do simple tasks regularly like cleaning grease off your stovetop, emptying the lint trap on your dryer, and keeping your chimney clean and clear.

4. Smoke and Gas Detectors

Every home needs functional warning devices that detect smoke and gasses. The fix: When purchasing smoke alarms, make sure they also detect carbon monoxide, a deadly gas that is especially dangerous because it is colorless and odorless. Replace the batteries every six months—or whenever you change your clocks. Create an emergency evacuation plan, build a preparedness kit, and practice regular safety drills with your family to ensure awareness of procedures.

… Curious to Learn the Other 8 Safety Tips?

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We Can Refer You to Trusted Service Professionals

With the upcoming holidays at hand, now is the perfect time to survey your home and address potential safety hazards to yourselves, your family, and your friends. It doesn’t take long, most fixes are very inexpensive and simple to do, and your efforts will pay dividends in peace of mind for years to come.

If you would like our advice on how to make your New Albany home safer and need a list of trusted sources for home repairs, please contact us today. It’s our business to ensure that your home is safe and secure for your family.

Safety Tips for Your Home

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office recently shared the following tips to help protect your home and keep your family safe.Keep Your Home Safe

  • Lock door and windows whether you are home or not. Make it a nightly routine to check the locks.
  • Hang a bell on the door. Anyone entering your home will trigger this simple, unobtrusive alarm.
  • Keep your house well lit at night to discourage criminals. Motion detecting flood lights are a great option.
  • Use highly visible and easy to read house numbers so law enforcement can effortlessly identify your home.
  • Under door mats, flower pots or fake rocks are the first place a criminal will look. Instead, give a key to a trusted neighbor.
  • Have a family safety plan. The best defense against home invasion is planning and communication.
  • Invest in an alarm system to protect you, your home, and your belongings.
  • Join a Neighborhood Watch program. These programs build cohesive neighborhoods that help reduce crime. Call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Community Relations for more information at 614.525.4507.

Enjoy Peace of Mind Living in New Albany, Ohio

Residents of New Albany look after each other, which is one reason why this community is a top place to live. As New Albany real estate experts, we are committed to helping buyers, sellers, and homeowners enjoy this cohesive community and peace of mind about all aspects of the real estate process.

Let us help you achieve your buying and selling goals. Call us today at 614.939.1234.

New Health Facility Coming to New Albany, Ohio

New Albany Health CenterA new health facility is coming to the New Albany, Ohio area after officials voted to issue bonds to help build it.

According to a recent article I was reading, the New Albany City Council recently voted to issue $7.6 million in bonds to build a 52,000-square-foot community health facility.

This is an exciting new development that is sure to improve quality of life for everyone living in and around our Central Ohio community!

Health Facility to Be Built with Help of Bonds in New Albany

The new community health facility will be constructed on land that is currently owned by the New Albany Co.

The land is at the southwest corner of Village Hall and Johnstown Roads.

Here are some of the features that are called for in the construction plans:

  • Community rooms
  • Demonstration kitchen for Healthy New Albany
  • Teen room
  • Art room
  • Fitness facility operated by Integrated Wellness Partners and OSU

Then on the second floor, planners say that Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital will provide medical services.

When the city issued the bonds for the project, they specified that $7.6 million will be dedicated to the nonprofit part of the building and $4.15 million will be dedicated to the Integrated Wellness Partners’ portion of the building.

Relocating to New Albany Ohio: A Fantastic Choice

As you can see from the initial plans for this health center, every segment of the population is sure to benefit from its construction, adding one more reason to the long list of reasons to live in New Albany, Ohio!

If you’re interested in relocating to Central Ohio anytime soon, please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today!

We’ll provide you with helpful home-buying advice as well as tell you about the various New Albany neighborhoods, such as:

Until next time,

Kate

City of New Albany and Local Organizations Partnering to Create Wellness Center

New Albany wellness centerQuality of life in New Albany, Ohio is about to increase even more, thanks to a recent partnership among the city, Ohio State University and the non-profit Healthy New Albany.

The three organizations recently announced their plans to build a 48,000 square foot, community-based health and wellness center in New Albany’s historic Village Center.

This is an amazing project that will improve the lives of New Albany residents.

Living in New Albany, Ohio

According to the recent article I was reading, the new health and wellness center will blend such key components as:

  • Personalized medicine
  • Exercise
  • Community Activities

According to agreements between the three organizations invoved, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center will lease more than 70 percent of the space in the center, which will be owned by the city of New Albany.

The health and wellness center is expected to allow the Wexner Medical Center to introduce its concept of personalized healthcare, which they call P4 Medicine.

What’s more, Healthy New Albany plans to promote healthy lifestyles to those living and working in the city through this new center.

Healthy New Albany founder Phil Heit called the new center a “destination place” that will serve “as a community hub of health and wellness activity.”

There will even be a research component to the new center, mostly through the Wexner Medical Center’s P4 Medicine concept, which will explore consumer participation, predicting and preventing disease and creating personalized life strategy wellness plans for individuals.

There is also expected to be a major programming component to the center, with classes given to meet the needs of all ages, athletic levels and more.

What’s more, city officials are saying that the wellness center could serve as a catalyst for even more development in the Village Center, which is closely located to a number of civic and social locations like the post office, the library, New Albany Plain Local School District campus and the McCoy Center for the arts.

Construction on the wellness center is expected to be complete by early 2014.

Relocating to New Albany, Ohio

It really is exciting that the New Albany, Ohio will be on the cutting edge of health/wellness research and outreach.

And with all of the programming that is expected to come out of this center, local residents have plenty of fun and educational activities to look forward to enjoying with the family!

If you would like to learn more about what makes living in New Albany such an exceptional experience, please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas.

We’ll let you know about available listings, answer any questions you may have and also provide you with such helpful relocation resources as:

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Call Center to Add Hundreds of New Jobs to New Albany, Ohio

Quality of life is about to get even better in New Albany, according to a recent article I read!

Evidently, there is a new company that’s coming to our Central Ohio community that is expected to add hundreds of jobs to the area!

Living in Central Ohio

According to the latest news, debt collections agency iQor Inc., is bringing a major call center operation to New Albany.

Currently the center is located in northeast Columbus. However, that center is about to arrive in New Albany and is expected to bring more than 500 jobs with it initially and ultimately up to 800 jobs!

The New Albany city council recently considered an incentive deal to attract the New York City-based company to the New Albany Business Park.

When the company relocates to New Albany, it will move roughly 500 jobs from 3,000 Corporate Exchange, which is located in northeast Columbus.

In addition, another 300 full-time jobs are also expected to be added through 2017.

The center will occupy about 40,000 square feet of space in the single-story New Albany Center of Technology, located at 7525 West Campus Road.

The company is expected to relocate to the center by early 2013.

The recent news about iQor Inc., is great news not only for those who are looking for a job with the center but also for the greater New Albany community.

After all, as more people relocate here, our residential tax base will become more robust, which will stir economic activity in our community.

Plus, our community will become increasingly attractive to investors and developers.

All in all, this new call center coming to New Albany is a win-win for everyone!

Buying and Selling New Albany Real Estate

If you’re interested in making New Albany your next permanent home, then contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas, today!

We’ll let you know about available Central Ohio homes for sale as well as provide you with helpful home-buying resources like:

And if you’re already a New Albany home owner and considering listing your property, be sure to contact us as well for a free home evaluation!

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Become a Resident of One of New Albany, Ohio’s Many Fine Country Clubs!

When people think of New Albany, Ohio, one of the first things that pops into their mind is the incredible number of premiere country clubs in the area!

New Albany is home to a wide selection of country clubs – all of which appeal to certain interests and family sizes.

Today, I’d like to tell you about these New Albany country club communities around here and what they have to offer interested Central Ohio home buyers like you!

Central Ohio Country Clubs in New Albany, OH

Perhaps one of the most interesting facts about the New Albany Country Club community is that they’re all connected by an extensive leisure path system.

Seventeen of these communities surround the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus golf course of the New Albany Country Club.

These communities feature more than 1,000 custom homes, which range from $500,000 to $2 million.

Below, you’ll find a list of the neighborhoods that comprise the New Albany Country Club communities, as well as the price range and square footage range for each.

  • Ackerly Park
    • $145,000 – $165,000
  • Alban Mews
    • $500,000 – $750,000
    • 2,750 – 4,000 sq. ft.
  • Ashton Grove
    • $400,000 – $650,000
    • 2,750 – 4,000 sq. ft.
  • Brandon
    • $500,000 – $800,000
    • 3,000 – 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Clivdon
    • $750,000 – $2,000,000
    • 3,500 – 7,000 sq. ft.
  • Ealy Crossing
    • $600,000 – $1,500,000
    • 3,000 – 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Edge of Woods
    • $850,000 – $2,000,000
    • 4,000 – 7,000 sq. ft.
  • Fenway
    • $500,000 – $1,750,000
    • 3,500 – 7,000 sq. ft.
  • Hawksmoor
    • $1,000,000 – $2,000,000
    • 3,500 – 7,000 sq. ft.
  • Keswick
    • $400,000 – $650,000
    • 2,750 – 3,000 sq. ft.
  • Lambton Park
    • $750,000 – $2,500,000
    • 4,000 – 8,000 sq. ft.
  • Lansdowne
    • $500,000 – $800,000
    • 3,000 – 4,000 sq. ft.
  • North of Woods
    • $450,000 – $900,000
    • 2,750 – 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Pembrooke
    • $600,000 – $1,000,000
    • 3,500 – 6,000 sq. ft.
  • Pickett Place
    • $450,000 – $650,000
    • 2,750 – 4,000 sq. ft.
  • Planters Grove
    • $400,000 – $750,000
    • 2,750 – 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Richmond Square
    • $350,000 – $500,000
    • 2,250 – 2,500 sq. ft.
  • Tensweep
    • $1,000,000 – $2,500,000
    • 5,000 – 8,000 sq. ft.
  • The Crescent
    • $750,000 – $2,000,000
    • 3,500 – 6,000 sq. ft.
  • The Farms
    • $1,000,000 – $9,000,000
    • 5,000 – 10,000 sq. ft.
  • The Reserve
    • $500,000 – $1,000,000
    • 3,000 – 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Tiverton
    • $450,000 – $900,000
    • 2,750 – 4,500 sq. ft.
  • Upper Brandon
    • $750,000 – $2,000,000
    • 4,000 – 6,000 sq. ft.
  • Upper Fenway
    • $400,000 – $800,000
    • 3,000 – 4,000 sq. ft.
  • Waterston
    • $800,000 – $1,500,000
    • 3,500 – 6,000 sq. ft.
  • Wiveliscombe
    • $900,000 – $1,500,000
    • 4,000 – 6,000 sq. ft.

Investing in New Albany, Ohio Real Estate

If you’re interested in learning more about any of the neighborhoods that comprise the New Albany Country Club community, then please contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas.

We’ll tell you about some of the recreational amenities offered at each, what homes are selling for in any particular community as well as what homes are currently listed on the New Albany real estate market.

If, however, you’d prefer to search for available listings by price range instead of specific neighborhood, we have a tool for that too!

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Things to do in New Albany, Ohio in April

Are you a New Albany home owner who recently relocated to the area? Are you interested in finding something fun and cheap to do during your free time?

Then you’ve come to the right New Albany real estate website!

Below, we’ve compiled a list of just some of the fun community events that you and your family may enjoy during the month of April.

Hope to see you at one of these community events soon!

Check Out These Upcoming Community Events in Central Ohio

Capitol Steps: This politically-aware group of performs take newspaper headlines from recent weeks and morph them song parodies and outrageous skits. This is sure to be appealing to anyone with a finger on the pulse of what’s going on in Washington!

  • When: 8 p.m. on April 13
  • Where: Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany
  • Admission: $20 to $30
  • More Info: Call 614-6545-0642

Symphony Performance: The New Albany Symphony will share a performance with the public titled “The New World.” Those residents who arrive early to the performance will have a chance to participate in a silent auction!

  • When: 7 p.m. on April 15
  • Where: Jeanne B. McCoy Center for the Arts, 100 W. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany
  • Admission: $12 to $20
  • More Info: Call 614-323-1237

Paws in the Plaza: Come bring your best four-legged friend to this outdoor festival, which will feature river walks, pet-friendly shops and visiting pet vendors! Other exhibits that are likely to be there include free nail trimmings, caricature artists, giveaways, rescues, and more!

  • When: 4:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays from April 5 to November 1
  • Where: Mill Street and Creekside Plaza, 123 Mill Street in Gahanna
  • Admission: FREE
  • More Info: Call 614-418-9114

Homemade Crafts: Come learn how to make homemade soap during this Make & Take Craft event at the Ohio Herb Education Center. During the class, participants will mix essential oils and other simple ingredients to create a home cleanser.

  • When: April 4 to 28; times vary
  • Where: Ohio Herb Education Center, 110 Mill Street in Gahanna
  • Admission: $5
  • More Info: Call 614-342-4380

Your New Albany, OH Real Estate Experts

We hope you and your family are able to find the time to attend one of these interesting community events going on in Central Ohio in April.

If you do, let us know what you thought of it!

For more ideas on fun events going on in the area, check back in to our New Albany real estate blog.

And if you’re considering buying or selling a New Albany property any time soon, be sure to contact us, Kate & Tony Thomas!

Until next time,

Kate & Tony

Chipotle Opens In New Albany!

New Albany Chipotle

Good Eats in New Albany!
It may not be considered “fine dining” by all, but ask any kid at New Albany High School where they prefer to eat and I’ll bet they’ll say “Chipotle”. And the lines I saw there last night confirm that the new Chipotle that opened in the Giant Eagle Shopping Center on New Albany Road West in New Albany is already a hit! I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure their burrito bowl will be delicious when I do! Word is that several additional restaurants will open in New Albany before the year is out! Stay tuned.