Archives: February 2021

February Design Corner

Kitchen Remodels

  • Kitchen renovations can vary from small improvements to full-blown remodels.
  • The top choices for cabinet colors are white and gray. 
  • A contrasting accent color in a kitchen can make the space pop.

The kitchen remains the home’s command center and has stepped up to be the family room, office, classroom, and more. Whether you choose to do a simple yet powerful upgrade or a full-blown remodel, you will enjoy the benefits of a fresh new space.  

Homeowners are focusing on function and storage, upgraded cabinets (new or painted), countertops, sinks, faucets, appliances, tile backsplash to the ceiling, statement lighting, cabinet hardware, mixed metals, large windows for more natural light, custom vent hoods, and flooring (wood, luxury vinyl planks, or tile).

The top choices for cabinet colors remain white and gray. However, wood is enjoying a bit of a revival with medium wood tones of subtle-grained ash, paler than oak or walnut to add a rustic charm. Throw the rule book out of the window in favor of unexpected paint-color pairings. Many people choose a contrasting accent color for their kitchen island, upper cabinets, and lower cabinets. Blue or green paired with white are the top color choices for this combo. One of our favorites is Sherwin Williams Dried Thyme and Pure White. 

Photo of recent remodel with Pure White upper cabinets and Dried Thyme lower cabinets.


Refine & Design is an interior styling and home staging company dedicated to making your space functional and beautiful. Refine & Design provides affordable, practical, and creative solutions personalized to fit your taste and lifestyle. You can call or email them at 614-296-9800

If you need any other design tips or recommendations, don’t hesitate to reach us at We work with trusted professionals to give you the best quality for the best prices!

February Handy Homeowner Tip

Carbon Monoxide Sensors

  • Carbon monoxide is a silent danger that many don’t realize until it’s too late.
  • Carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas that kills more than 400 Americans every year.
  • CO sensors should be placed on every floor of your home and low to the ground.

Winter weather means staying cozy at home, but that also means the potential dangers of keeping your home warm. Carbon monoxide is a silent danger that many don’t realize until it’s too late. Due to Texas’s hazardous weather, we’ve heard plenty of horror stories on CO poisonings this season. To protect yourself and your family, we’ve gathered tips on keeping your home safe every year.

We recommend having a carbon monoxide sensor on every floor of your home. A common mistake people make is mounting them high. However, carbon monoxide is heavier than oxygen and will be easier detected close to the ground. The best ones we recommend are the ones you plug into walls, so you don’t have to replace them often. 

The CDC recommends having your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal-burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year. Carbon monoxide is an odorless and colorless gas; therefore, it can be hard to detect but having sensors is an easy way to protect yourself and your family. 
If you want more information on our homeowner tips please don’t hesitate to reach out at We can recommend local professional services around Central Ohio for all your needs!

Brewdog Opening in New Albany


  • Brewdog will open its fourth location in New Albany this year.
  • The brewery is expected to have a total of 8,600 sq ft of restaurant space

This month, the Scottish brewery, Brewdog, announced their new location is coming to New Albany this summer. Taking over the former New Albany Mill Building, the new brewery will have a total of 8,600 square feet, 6,900 square feet of indoor restaurant space, and 1,645 square feet for a covered patio – perfect for the summer weather.

The famous Columbus craft brewer will have various amenities like indoor and outdoor fireplaces, jumbo games, and an interactive beer school. The New Albany location will be the company’s fourth brewpub in Central Ohio. Other sites include BrewDog DogTap in Canal Winchester, BrewDog Franklinton, and Brewdog Short North. The new space will open in the spring or summer of 2021. We can’t wait to add this new spot to our town!

Courtesy of Brewdog

If you have any questions about the current active listings in New Albany email us at or call us at 614-939-1234!

Rob’s February Update


  • The current real estate market is experiencing constrained inventory.
  • 3 things to include in a winning offer in multiple-offer situations.
  • Sellers should work with experienced agents to yield top-dollar for their homes.

Current Market

Currently, the real estate market is experiencing a constrained inventory, with more buyers entering the marketplace every week. We continue to see multiple offer situations at every price point. Since the pandemic first began, we’ve had an unprecedented market. Historically, the market has had a predictable cadence, and we know that inventory tends to open up as the weather breaks. We hope that trend continues this year. 

Tips for Buyers

In this competitive market, it’s critical you work with an experienced and knowledgeable agent. At Thomas | Riddle, we’re fortunate to have the exposure of 100+ transactions annually that help us come out on top in multiple offer situations. We have real-time information on what offers win because we work on both sides of the transaction. 

Due to the constrained market, we’ve seen an increase in multiple offer situations on homes. If you’re in a “bidding war,” we recommend these 3 things to include in your offer: 

1. Over list – by this, we mean that your offer should be over the seller’s asking price

2. In your offer, agree to purchase the home as-is (with rights to inspection)

3. Appraisal gap coverage – in the event the appraised value is below the agreed-upon purchase price, the buyer will bring additional funds to closing to make the seller hold

Multiple offer situations can seem complicated and tricky to navigate, but being an established top team in Central Ohio, our ultimate goal is to aid our clients every step of the way. Regardless of the price point, sound advice and experience are more critical than ever in this competitive environment.

Tips for Sellers

The current market is one of the best markets, if not THE best market we have ever seen for Central Ohio sellers. However, it’s important to remember that your home must be well prepared for the market and priced correctly to yield top dollar. There is a misguided tendency in a seller’s market to overprice a home or not prepare a home appropriately for the market in hopes that the low inventory/high demand will overcome those misgivings. It doesn’t. While we’re in a high market, taking advice from experienced realtors is still essential.

In a hot market, your biggest enemy is days on the market. Sellers should remember that along with a hot market comes new challenges with regards to becoming stigmatized. If your home is mispriced or unprepared and sits on the market for a couple of weeks, it will become stigmatized, and you will ultimately yield less. A couple of weeks in a hot market is like a hundred days in a regular market. Whether you’re trying to sell your home or buy Thomas | Riddle is here to help our clients through every step of the transaction. 

Columbus Housing Shortage

The Columbus housing market is experiencing a shortage of homes. We have several qualified buyers looking for a new place to call home. It’s never too early to chat about your real estate options for 2021.

Whether you’re downsizing or you’re looking for more space, reach out by emailing anyone on our team or giving us a call at (614) 939-1234. We really look forward to hearing from YOU!


February has been a big month for Thomas | Riddle, with homes quickly selling on the market every week. However, we still try to make time for family. A tradition Johnna and I have for Valentine’s Day is that we spend it with family. Every year we get together with Johnna’s siblings and their spouses, and we enjoy food, drinks, and games while our kids are with their grandparents. It’s a great way to make a hallmark holiday special for us. 

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