Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Improving Your Home's Value One Room at a Time: Master Bathroom

When you're selling your home, you want to make sure that everything is spic and span! Of course, sometimes areas of your home either get neglected, or they become dated over the years. There is one space of your home that is prone to both, and that's your master bathroom. We know you've seen it before, either in your home, someone else's home, those fixer-upper shows, or on real estate sites as you're browsing - those master bathrooms that look like they're trying to bring back shoulder pads and perms.

With a little effort, you can improve the value of your home with a master bathroom that any buyer would fall in love with. Here are a few easy ways you can update your bathroom, and maybe a few crazy ones too!

Deep Clean

This may seem obvious, but your bathroom can get really, really grimy. Take time to clean all of the nooks and crannies that don't get attention on a routine cleaning basis. Does your previously white grout have a dark gray appearance? There are many cleaners on the market that will help you get it back to its original glow. Have you ever looked behind your toilet? Most of the time you can really fit a broom back there, and the mop doesn't really like it back there either, but it's vitally important this area is glowing. Here are a few areas you need to inspect with fine tooth comb.

  • All drawers and cabinets
  • Trim
  • Anything up high. Ex: the top of your tub if it's an insert, medicine cabinets, etc.
  • All grout
  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Fixtures
  • Light Globes
  • Shower or tub floor

Update the Color

Normally, your bathroom is one of the smaller rooms in your home, so if you decide to repaint it, you're not going to be expending a lot of work or expense - but it can make a HUGE difference. Imagine that your bathroom is a spa, and then think of the colors that a spa would be. If you have windows in your bathroom you can opt for slightly darker colors, but it's always best to keep it light and fresh. Choose relaxing colors like pale blues & greens, tan, and gray. White is becoming a trendy color, but it would be better to accent with white, as it can also get dirty quickly.

Freshen Up the Hardware

Update your cabinet knobs or add a new faucet to your sink or tub. These are great ways to make this space feel updated without having to do a lot of costly work. Choose colors that will remain timeless, but also match the rest of your bathroom. If everything in the bathroom is gold, you don't want to update the faucet with silver, unless you'll be updating everything.

Add New Flooring

Old, chipped linoleum can date a bathroom faster than anything else in the space. You can get away with laying new linoleum in your bathroom, but if you really want to update the space, opt for something updated and timeless like tile. Ceramic tile is still just as popular as ever, and you can even get a tile that mimics the look and texture of wood so you aren't straying from a warm spa-like feel.

Do a Revamp

Are you a brave soul who wants to clear out the bathroom and start over? It's always a wonderful option! Start by looking at what is the most important, and what you can keep and reuse. Does the toilet still work great? You can keep that and just reinstall it if you'll be putting down new flooring. Double vanities are still a popular option for the master bathroom, so if you only have a single, see if your space can spread out and accommodate two sinks. Does your tub need an update? You can install a brand new unit, or consider doing a metal tub with a tile wall. Don't be afraid of the challenge, your work will be rewarded in the end!

Selling a Lake of the Ozarks Home

If you are in the process of selling your home, or you are just in the beginning stages of thinking about it, it never hurts to get a second opinion from someone! At Gattermeir Davidson, we can help you evaluate what your property is worth, and then help you make the right choices to get the most bang for your buck. Are you ready to work with the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks? Visit our website to learn more about our company, or follow our social media channels to get more great information!


2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766













Thursday, July 21, 2016

House Flipping - Where to Start

If you've watched any of the tv shows on a DIY network, you'll know that house flipping is becoming quite the trend. As well, if you start to look through houses in your neighborhood, you'll find homes that have been "flipped," maybe without the same drastic change as you'll see on TV but they major things have been updated, and it's selling for way more than it did before. Whether you are wanting to flip a house for personal use or start to make a career out of it, there are a few things you'll want to know and be aware of as you start this journey.



Start With A Good Real Estate Agent at the Lake of the Ozarks

The key to a successful flip is knowing which house is the best choice. While you can occasionally make these decisions on your own, there's nothing quite as good as having an amazing real estate agent on your side. When you walk through potential homes, it's more than just the overall appearance, although that plays a huge role as well, but it's about location, value, total cost, and did we say - location? The location is key, especially if you aren't planning on living in this home. You'll want something that will sell quickly because it's in an impeccable neighborhood. Our real estate agents are trained to not only use the statistics from their tool belt to help you deduct the best area, but they can then use their experience in home buying to help you see if you're getting a flip - or flop.

Where's Murphy

It's like a game of Where's Waldo, but this time, it's Where's Murphy. Murphy's Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong. This is never more true than when mentioned about a house, especially a flip home. When you're looking for the perfect home to flip, you're generally looking for a few things, age, condition, and price. You want the age to be within the last 20 years, the condition of the home should be more dated than dilapi-dated, and the price to be low - as in really low. When you're looking for those three categories, you're bound to stumble on more than one home who throws a Murphy curve-ball at you!

You Want to Come Out On Top

When everything is said and done, no matter what you're reasoning, you want to come out on top. When you figure in the price of the home, the cost of materials and labor to fix it, and the sale price, you want to be making money. If you can accomplish this - then yes, it is practical for you! There are many ways to get to this end goal, you can hire a contractor to make the renovations, you can make them yourself, you can even hire out on some of the projects. However, you get there, make sure that you're meeting your goals and expectations for the process.


Real Estate at the Lake of the Ozarks

Are you the next Chip & Joanna Gaines of the Lake? You will certainly find what you're looking for! The Lake area is an old community, starting back when Bagnell Dam was first built (in the 1920's!). Because of that, you'll find a range of homes certainly from the 1950's to now, and many haven't been updated since first being built. If you want to find a house at the Lake of the Ozarks, we would love to show you just the right home for you. Even if you don't want to flip, we have a fantastic list of homes that are move-in-ready for you and your family! Visit our website to learn more about your next home.


2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766












Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Pests That Put A Kink In Selling Your Home

While we all know that living in a home and finding mice, roaches, or ants is not fun, it's even worse when you're in the process of selling your home. Not only can these cause a scare factor for buyers who may be walking through and see something scuttling across the floor, but it generally affects their opinion of the home and it's quality before they ever get a chance to fall in love. At Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, we want to help you sell a Lake of the Ozarks home quickly, and part of that involves ridding it of any pests who may have taken up dwelling in your home. Here are a few common ones to look for and how you can keep them at bay during selling and showing.


Common Pests You Could Find

Nobody likes to find creepy crawlies in their home, but sometimes it happens - especially if you've already moved into a new home and the home your selling is vacant. Here are a few different pests to be aware of as you start to sell your home:

Ants

These little critters love to live pretty much anywhere. They could be marching around your kitchen, or lining your back porch. No matter where they've decided to dwell, it's time to evict these unwanted tenants, and tell them to move along. First, you have to find the entry points and seal them with caulk. You can use natural repellants such as cinnamon, coffee grounds, garlic, chili pepper or peppermint by leaving a sprinkling where the ants enter, or you can also use poison found at local stores.

Cockroaches

These bugs can bring about quite the scare when you see them. Maybe it's their fast movement or just the fact that they are bacteria carrying little critters. Either way, they have to go when you are selling your home. Make sure that everything they eat is cleaned up, like food, paper, cardboard, and boxes. They hate boric acid, so you can line the perimeters of the rooms and existing cracks with that.

Bees & Wasps

If you want to send buyers running and screaming from your home, leaving a bee or wasp nest intact would be the way to do it. While bees are great in the garden for pollinating, they are not great hovering around the back door or creeping into the house through cracks and crevices. Fun fact: wasps are actually territorial and don't like to set up nests near another, so you can help deter them by hanging a "fake nest." Use an old uninhabited one to achieve this goal. Otherwise, you can always resort to sprays and extermination.

Birds

Birds are not pests, normally, but in some cases, they like to make their way into the rafters of a home and try to make nests. Before the nesting season, make sure that everything is sealed up tight to keep them from getting in. If you are having trouble getting rid of them after they've come in, we recommend calling the experts and getting assistance.

Rats & Mice

If there is any one pest that induces the most screams, it's going to be a rat or a mouse. Can you only imagine a buyer touring your home only to find a mouse run across the kitchen or a rat's nest in the closet? Not only are these creatures frightening, they also carry many diseases, so it's best to make sure they aren't playing the city mouse, and get them out of your home. You can utilize mouse traps, and exterminator, or sometimes even peppermint oil will deter them.

Spiders

Many homes have these eight-legged insects, especially if they are older. While there are many that aren't poisonous, they all can give the appearance of a run-down, haunted house - especially when you walk through a web. There are companies around the Lake who specialize in getting rid of spiders, and we would be glad to help you find the right one for your needs.

Termites

If you don't address the issue of these voracious eaters now, you'll have to soon. Most real estate agents suggest that you get a termite inspection when you buy a home, so you can be sure that your potential buyers will find out if you don't. Termites can be your worst nightmare, but there are things you can do to prevent them. Keep all wood piles away from the foundation of your home, and you can talk to an exterminator or pest control company to keep them at bay.

Best Real Estate Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you're ready to sell your home, we want to help make this a seamless process for you and your family. Not to mention fast and for the highest price! Are you looking for a team of real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks who can provide the best service? You've found them. We would be honored to talk with you about selling your home, and if necessary, help you make the appropriate steps to removing and pests that could be causing trouble in the selling process!




2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766









Friday, July 8, 2016

Breathtaking Home in the Villages at Shawnee Bend

The first thing that comes to mind when looking at this home is "oh, wow!" It's absolutely breathtaking from the inside out. Of course, it's not just beautiful because it has 278 feet of cover protected waterfront, but that certainly helps! This Lake of the Ozarks home is in excellent condition and an awesome opportunity to own nearly 1.5 gently sloping acres in the most exclusive address at the Lake of the Ozarks. If you're ready to open the front door and take a peek inside, here are some of the amazing details this home brings to the table.


At a Glance

Subdivision: The Villages At Shawnee Bend
School District: Camdenton
Year Built: 2005
Total Square Foot: 4,004
Garages Spaces: 3
Total Bedrooms: 4
Total Full/half Bathrooms: 4/1

Fall In Love With the Inside

This beautiful home is the perfect place to relax and take in the beautiful surroundings through a wall of windows in the living room, dining room, or even the master bedroom! There is so much natural light in this home, and the open layout makes this space feel warm and inviting.


The living room comes complete with built-in shelves and a fireplace so whether you want to cozy on up to the fireplace in the winter, or throw open the curtains and admire the summer sun reflecting on the Lake you can do just that.

The large open kitchen has a bar where your friends and family can pull up a seat while you're fixing your famous lasagna, and the storage in this space will give you plenty of room to store your favorite cooking supplies.

The master bedroom is large and spacious at the corner of the house, with plenty of windows to enjoy the gorgeous view! If you're looking for a master bathroom that leaves you speechless, you will adore this one. Not only does it come complete with a soaking tub, but there is a walk-in shower and double sinks so you have plenty of room to spread out.



There's one last feature that will blow you away. This home has double of EVERYTHING. Four full bathrooms, two full kitchens, two laundry rooms, and two living rooms! It's perfect for family and friends who want to enjoy time at the Lake while still have their own living areas!


Perfect For Lake Living

Do you need a location that is perfect for the active Lake lifestyle? This home has it all! There are two concrete decks where you can entertain guests and enjoy the BEAUTIFUL view. When you've finished relaxing and you're ready to hit the water, you can head down to the gentle walking path to your cruiser dock with built in steps that lead you right to the water.

Buying a Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

This house has it all when you're looking for luxury, convenience, and a good location. If you're ready to call this beautiful house on Shawnee Bend home, we would love to you help you! At Gattermeir Davidson, we pride ourselves on providing you with an exceptional real estate experience from start to finish and we would love to assist you. Whether you're looking for a large lakefront home or a small cabin in the woods, trust the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks!


2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766










Wednesday, June 29, 2016

5 Fireworks Safety Tips for Fourth of July

Now that you've gotten settled into your new home at the Lake, it's time to start gearing up for a fun weekend with friends family and maybe even a housewarming party and fireworks! Hosting parties can be a great way to show people your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks, and hang out with the people you love most. If you'll be setting off fireworks, there are a few things to keep in mind, though. At Gattermeir Davidson, we want to help keep you, your guests, and even your neighbors safe as you enjoy this fun-filled weekend, so here are a few things you can keep in mind before lighting the first match.



Purchase From a Reliable Place

There are many trustworthy places to buy your fireworks at the Lake of the Ozarks, but if you have any doubts just keep driving and find a new location to purchase them from. If you're new to the area and looking for a reputable place to get your fireworks, you can ask coworkers, neighbors, or even your cashier!

Follow ALL of the Directions

While fireworks are a lot of fun, they can also be dangerous when not used properly. Out of all of the injuries that occur during Fourth of July from fireworks, the most common areas to be affected are the hands and fingers, eyes, and head, face, and ears. 45% of the accidents happen to adults between the age of 20 and 44, while only 34% happen to kids under the age of fifteen. It's important to read ALL of the directions on the package before lighting a firework, and set up a safe place for fireworks to be launched. You won't want to do the large fireworks in a place where sparks could fall down and land on dry grass or homes.

Make Sure Responsible Adults Are Present

We can't say it enough, make sure that kids are not lighting fireworks by themselves. There are many accidents that can happen when children are unsupervised, and they don't just affect their safety, but also the safety of everyone around. There are fun fireworks that can be used that don't use firepower, so if the kids want to run outside and do them without supervision they would be a great option.

Keep Water Close By

The first step is to have a safe place set up for the fireworks. Somewhere that isn't covered in dry grass, leaves, or close to flammable debris. The second is to have water close by just in case something should happen. Accidents happen, but you can help make them not as bad by preparing for them in advance.

Dispose of Duds Correctly

Did you find a dud firework? Beware, because they can sometimes have delayed reactions. Do you think they are done firing off? Give them a few more seconds because sometimes fireworks can have a paused delay, and if you run up too soon, it could be dangerous. If you are positive that a firework is a dud, and it hasn't gone off all night, you can completely submerge it in water and allow it to soak overnight. This will help to guarantee that there is no chance it will ignite randomly at the wrong moment.

Happy Fourth of July from Gattermeir Davidson

Everyone at the Gattermeir office would like to wish you a happy, fun-filled Fourth of July weekend! We hope that whether you're in a new home, still loving your old one, or looking for real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can come to mind and help you exactly where you are. If you're looking for the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks - you've found them! Happy Fourth of July!


2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766






Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Improving Your Home's Value One Room at a Time: Your Garage

The garage is a wonderful space that is used as a catch-all room, we mean, place to store your car! Unfortunately, it's all too common for this space to receive the brunt of the years of collecting, and when your potential buyers walk into this space, you want to highlight how much space there is, and not have them wondering if a mouse will scurry out soon. As the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, we want to make sure you're prepared for every aspect of selling your home. Here are a few tips to help you stage your garage and create a space that any buyer will be jealous about!


Purge and Gather

Start by purging and gathering all of the items in your garage that aren't necessary. In fact, because you'll be moving, you can pack up almost everything so that you can make the garage look as large as possible. If you've been saving boxes of clothes and toys for a garage sale, it's time to either have the sale or take everything to a thrift store. There's no reason to pack and move those items over to your new home, so take this opportunity to move them from the garage to your car, and then to someone who needs them. Gather up and separate your tools into categories and store them neatly in bins on shelves. If you want to leave them in the garage for staging purposes you can, but they must be organized. If there are cans of paint that you will leave for the home, keep them stacked nicely on a shelf, and make sure they are labeled for the appropriate room that they belong to. Do you have a snow blower in your garage during summer? You can move that over to your new home. Only keep season-appropriate items in the garage so you can continue using them to keep the place looking nice, and help remove some of the excess stuff in this space.


Sweep, Paint, and Replace

Now that you've removed the unnecessary items out of the garage, it's time to make a clean sweep! Once you have removed the dust bunnies, you can start addressing oil stains in the concrete. If there is any excess oil, you can wipe it up with a cloth. Then pour some paint thinner on the oil spot and make sure that it's thoroughly saturated. Now you can pour an absorbent material over the spot, like cat littler, sand, baking soda, cornmeal, or sawdust. After it has sat overnight you can sweep it up with a push broom with sturdy bristles. You can also pour a little laundry bleach, dry dishwasher detergent or concrete-cleaning solution on the oil-marked concrete and let it sit for an hour. If you still find that the stains are resisting your efforts of removal, you can paint, stain or seal the floor to give it a fresh look.

If there is any hardware in your garage that needs to be replaced, it's time to make those changes. If your garage door is broken, it's better to have it fixed in advance than wait until a buyer drops in and tries to use it. If anything squeaks in your garage (and we're not talking about small rodents!) spray some WD-40 on the hinges to keep them quiet as a mouse.


Stage What's Left

If you still have items left in your garage after purging, it's time to stage them and make everything look fresh and clean. If you have pets, move their food, litter boxes, and pens to the new home, or at least outside when a buyer is coming. While many people love having a furry friend in their home, however, they do not like to think that it has been living in the home they want to buy. Make sure that all athletic equipment is either packed away or stored neatly in bins. It's not bad to have things in your garage, in fact, you might like to have a few things left in there, but you don't want it to crowded or stuffed.

Buying and Selling Real Estate at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you've been toying around with the idea of selling your home, come to the company who can make it easy! At Gattermeir Davidson, we make selling a home at the Lake of the Ozarks fun and fast, so you can get where you need to go quickly. Of course, if you are upgrading and still want to stay at the Lake, we'd love to help you buy a home at the Lake of the Ozarks as well! Visit our website or give us a call at 877-870-5253 today!


2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766





Thursday, June 16, 2016

5 Reasons to Live at the Lake of the Ozarks

Photo Credit: FunLake.com
If you don't currently call the Lake of the Ozarks your home, we would be the first to tell you that you should! The area is full of beautiful views, nice people, booming business, and the best Lake real estate in the Midwest. If you've been thinking that it's time to relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks, or if you want to find a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help! Here are a few reasons we LOVE living at the Lake of the Ozarks.

1. Fun Activities

No matter how you enjoy spending your free time, there is bound to be something for you and your family at the Lake. We boast of fun adventures like hiking, biking, hunting, fishing, boating, ATVing, shopping and more. From the indoors to the outdoors, there is a lot you can do, and we're only just getting started. The summer months are filled with great events that are fun for the whole family, and even through the winter, you'll find exciting ways to enjoy your time with the people who mean the most to you. We love how many fun things there are to do in the area!

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

2. Delicious Restaurants

The Lake of the Ozarks features some of the best restaurants in the state. From good old home cooking to five-star cuisine there are many different things to choose from. We have small establishments that are owned by the local Lake community, as well as large restaurants who were started here over 30 years ago. You'll never run out delicious food because we cover many different varieties from Italian to Cajun.

3. Living the Lake Life

One of the best things about living at the Lake is the fact that you actually get to see the Lake every single day. Living around the water is one of those things that can improve your mood, and increase your activity level. If you don't own a boat, you can rent one on the weekends that you want to spend out on the water, and you can start up hobbies like wakeboarding, water skiing, tubing, fishing, and more! There are many restaurants that are on the Lake so you can boat right up to them for a night full of fun.

4. Enjoying All Four Seasons

The Midwest sees all four seasons, meaning that you won't ever get bored of the weather. While we generally have a mild winter, occasionally we do get to experience snow. Spring is bright, beautiful and exciting as people start to pull their boats and bikes back out of storage, and the weather starts to warm up. Summer is the highlight of the year with activities and events happening every single night. Fall is full of festivals, events, and beautiful colors where you can enjoy a relaxing hike with cool breezes.

5. Buying the BEST Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

The real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks is so varied that you can find whatever you need. From small to large, and low to high on the budget. Do you need a small cottage where you can come relax for a few weekends out of the summer? We can find it! Do you need a large lakefront home with enough room for your entire family, plus visitors as well? We can get that for you too!

Your Lake of the Ozarks Real Estate Agent

Gattermeir Davidson has been building our excellent reputation for years, and we look forward to helping you find the home of your dreams. If you have questions about relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks, you can ask anyone on our team as we've been living the Lake life for years. It's time to find the perfect home for you, so visit our website to learn more!



2011 REALTOR Salesperson of the Year
Missouri Association of Realtors

Gattermeir Davidson Real Estate, LLC
752 Bagnell Dam Blvd., Suite A
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

Office | 573.365.1555
Fax | 573.365.1766