Tuesday, September 27, 2016

How To Determine What You REALLY Need In A Home

When buying a Lake of the Ozarks home, it may seem like there are too many things to consider. In reality, you are looking for a good home for your family, space to grow, in a town that you will love. When you look at it this way, it can take all of the complexity out of it and help you focus on the main details. At Gattermeir Davidson, we would love to help you relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks and find a home that perfectly suits you. To make the home buying process seem less intimidating, here are a few things to keep in mind as you decide what you really need in a home.

Learn Your Budget First

You always want to figure out how much you can afford on a home before becoming attached to anything. You can contact a mortgage lender to learn more about this process, or give us a call and we can help you find a great one in the area! The Lake area provides homes of many sizes and budgets, and we'd love to help you narrow them down and find the perfect one for you.

What's Your Ideal Location?

The location of your home is not only important but a more permanent feature of the home that can't be changed later. While some people may pick up a home and move it to a different area, this isn't a common occurrence, so it's better to decide where you would like to live first, and then find a home within that area. There are many great places to live around the Lake, from town living to the country lifestyle, and homes by the Lake and homes in the woods. You have a choice of pretty well anything you may want when you live here. There are also some incredible school districts around the Lake, so when you choose an area to live, you can be sure that you'll be putting your kids in an excellent school.

Think of Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle plays a big role in the type of home you choose. If you are a family that is always on the run keeping up with activities, you may want a really organized mudroom off of the garage to crash in after a long day. If you spend a lot of time cooking and crafting concoctions in the kitchen, then you may want to find something large with an island. Your lifestyle can help determine what you and your family really need in a home, so take some time to sit down and think about it.

What Does Your Family Need?

Every family has needs, and in some cases, that's why you're moving. Maybe you need more bedrooms, more bathrooms, more space in general. If your children are getting older and need a better place to park their car, maybe you need a home with a larger driveway or garage. There are so many reasons you could be moving, but generally, it's because you need something different, even if just a new location. If you need 3 bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a big backyard, those parameters will help you narrow down exactly what you want.

Choose Some Special Features

You don't just need to think about the features you need in a home, sometimes it's fun to think about the features that you just want. Do you want a Lake view to wake up to every morning, or a backyard that could be full of turkeys and deer? What about your master bedroom or bathroom? Do you want to find a home that has a fantastic jacuzzi tub or built in cabinets? While many of these items can be added at a later date, sometimes it's fun to find a home that already has them!


Lake of the Ozarks Real Estate

We want to help you make this process fun and enjoyable, and not just a rush to find the best home. Our agents are all very well trained, and a lot of fun to work with as well! If you're ready to make the Lake area your home and find a place that fits you perfectly, visit our website to view some of the home available, or give us a call at 877-870-5253 to get connected with one of our amazing Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents 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








Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Home Maintenance Tasks You May Not Have Considered - Part 2

As a new homeowner, there can be a learning curve to figuring out exactly what types of maintenance needs to be performed on your home. From basics likes cleaning the gutters to more obscure chores like keeping your window wells clean. At Gattermeir Davidson, we not only want to help you find the perfect home at the Lake of the Ozarks, but we also want to help you maintain your home for as long as you'll be living there.

Last week, we posted Part 1 of Home Maintenance Tasks You May Not Have Considered, and we talked about your water heater, garage door, window weep holes and more. This week we have a few more tasks you might want to know about to keep your home in tip-top condition.


Check for High Water Pressure

Every home is different, but some homes may have unusually high water pressure. If your home shows signs of this, it may be something you want to investigate. High water pressure is not only hard on your appliances, harm your pipes, and even waste valuable water in your home.

Clean Refridgerator Coils

This can be a very easily forgotten task, but without it, you could be looking at higher energy bills and a refrigerator that doesn't last you nearly as long. You can purchase a special brush from most hardware stores, or even online, and it's specially made to get in between all of the small crevices.

Keep Window Wells Clean

Your window well is the U-shaped piece of tin or plastic that fits around the outside of your basement windows. Sometimes they are used for emergency exit purposes, other times to allow a window for natural light in a below grade basement. If you allow leaves to pile up inside your window well, it could act as a pool liner during heavy rains, and water could build up inside your well eventually breaking your basement window - and causing a minor flood. You can clean the window wells out and then purchase a cover to keep rain and even small animals from getting in.

Lubricate Garage Door Springs

While the springs of your garage door will eventually need to be replaced due to fatigue or corrosion, you can help slow the process by spraying garage door lubricant on them. This can be a bit of a messy job, though, so put a piece of cardboard behind the springs to protect your walls.

Check For Mice Nests

As we move into winter, there are also a few other critters that will be moving. Mice love to find warm places to enjoy the winter, unfortunately, those places just so happen to be your home. They love window AC units, lawn mowers, dryer vents, and if they find a good hole, even your home. Take a few moments to check around for nests and remove them properly or risk them tearing apart the area or chewing through wires.

The Best Real Estate Agents at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you're still on the hunt for Lake of the Ozarks real estate, the Gattermeir Davidson team would love to assist you. We work and live in the Lake area, so if anyone knows about the market and the lifestyle - it's us. Visit our website to learn more about the homes that are available, and about our real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks!

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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, September 13, 2016

Home Maintenance Tasks You May Not Have Considered - Part 1

As a homeowner, there can be several chores required that you knew about like cleaning the gutters and mowing the lawn. There are a few chores, though, that didn't come in your "Homeowners Handbook," and if not accomplished could lead to problems down the road. At Gattermeir Davidson, we understand that you can't possibly know everything, especially when jumping in and buying your first home at the Lake of the Ozarks. That's why we've compiled a list of these obscure maintenance tasks you may never have considered!



Test the Sump Pump

Your sump pump is the piece of equipment that stands between you and a flooded basement - which obviously proves how invaluable it is. It's important to check your sump pump not just before you leave for a vacation, but also other times of the year as well. Some malfunctions could be as easy as a tangled hose - but cause detrimental results.

Check Garage Door Balance

When your garage door isn't properly balanced, it increases the chances of it hurting someone, or making your opener work too hard, thus shortening its lifespan. You can easily check the balance by closing the door, and then pull the handle on the motor to disengage it. Now you can pull the door up halfway. If it stays in the same place, it's balanced, but if it raises or lowers, you should call a professional to rebalance it.

Clean Dryer Vents

Did you know that dryers are a strong cause of house fires? In many cases, it's because the dryer hasn't been cleaned properly and lint becomes a fire hazard. Of course, lint isn't the only culperate. Sometimes vermin make their nests in a dryer vent (it is a warm place to live!), or even stuck exhaust hood flappers. There can be many reasons, but longer drying times and strong odors can be a clue that you need to clean your dryer vent.

Drain Sediment From Your Water Heater

A yearly check that you should perform is to drain your water heater - especially if it isn't heating properly. Sediment can build up over time in the bottom of your water heater and this can create hot spots and lower heating element failure, eventually draining the life of your water heater.

Clean Window Weep Holes

Many sliding and vinyl windows have weep holes at the bottom of the track to help ensure that if any water gets in the frame it can get back out. Unfortunately, these holes can get clogged up with dirt and debris and then the water that is supposed to drain out backs up into your home. You can check the weep holes by spraying the window down with a garden hose and if nothing comes out of the holes, spray canned air into the hole to clean it.

Real Estate at the Lake of the Ozarks

When you buy a home, you may not always know what you need to do so that's why you count on the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks. Our team not only knows how to navigate the red tape of real estate, but we can also help you along the way with practical details like how to maintain your home and even activities and events to enjoy at the Lake of the Ozarks. From beginning to end, let us help you purchase a home at the Lake of the Ozarks.

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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
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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Easy Organization Tips for Tiny Houses

Living a minimalistic lifestyle and fitting into small houses has become a bit of a trend for some. With this lifestyle, you also have to try to either find a way to organize your belongings, or do without. When buying a house at the Lake of the Ozarks, you can find many homes that have a small feel without being too cramped or uncomfortable - and we would love to help you find the perfect home. Whether you have a small house or you just want to get a handle on the clutter, here are a few easy ways you can organize the spaces in your home!

Purge Your Space

The first step to organizing your home is to purge all of the items in your home. You aren't just looking for "clutter," though. Sometimes the items that you need to purge are not necessarily clutter, but items that don't fulfill a purpose in your home. When you think about the items that you have, if they have a dual purpose, keep it! If you have several items that have the same purpose, you may want to get rid of one. This will keep your space from becoming cluttered.

If this task seems overwhelming, take one space at a time. Tackle the bathroom first, by organizing under the sink, throwing out expired medications, replacing ratty towels that you don't use, etc. Then move your way to the laundry room or kitchen. Eventually, as you tackle each space you will have purposefully purged each space - even if it takes you several weekends.

Think Vertically

This is especially important when you live in a smaller space, but can also be useful in a large space as well. When organizing, you want to always move up, since moving out isn't as much of an option. If you can find shelves, cabinets, and hutches, these can help improve the space you have. One of the best tips to keep in mind is to never use your floor as storage space. If you find that items are piling up on your floor, like toys, clothes, pillows, etc ... find a way to organize them and give them a place. This will reduce the cluttered feeling in the room and keep everything feeling open.

Maximize Closet Space

A shelf and a rod are very rarely enough when it comes to organizing a closet. If anything, you want to have a few shelves, and several rods. You can find closet systems, where all you have to do is install the shelves and rods per the instructions, or you can design your own system. The idea is to have a place for everything while making use of every square inch of your closet. Keeping a show rack on the floor of the closet or on the back of the door can keep the shoes from cluttering up the floor. Using shelves and cute totes can be a great way to organize sweaters, belts, hats, and other accessories without having them piling up on the shelf and falling off.

Upsize Your Home

At some point, you may come to realize that no matter how much your organize, you just need a bigger home to fit you and your family. When this time comes, we would like to invite you to give us a call. Our real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks are experienced in the Lake area, and can help you find a home that not only fits your budget but also your lifestyle. If you're looking for a small vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks - we can help with that too! Having a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks is a great way to enjoy the area, while still being able to go back to your primary living quarters. Visit our website today to learn more about our team and look through homes that are available - we would love to assist you!

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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, September 2, 2016

Totally Turnkey Style Home In Roach, MO

If you're looking for a Lakefront home at the Lake of the Ozarks that is filled with charm, luxury, and some amazing amenities, Gattermeir Davidson has the perfect home for you. This beautiful home was built in 1997 but was recently remodeled in 2014. There is also plenty of room to spread out between five bedrooms and five bathrooms, and 4,318 square foot of living space. Take a grand virtual tour with us and see what other gems are hidden in this Lake of the Ozarks castle.


Luxury Lake Living

This large home is located conveniently in Roach, MO. Only fifteen minutes west of the Camdenton square, you will be close enough to shopping and dining, while also being able to enjoy the perfect serenity of Lake life. While the inside specs of this home are, they're nothing compared to the spacious outdoor living areas that you can enjoy. There is a NEW $40,000 tram installed from the home to the dock. The dock is in excellent condition and is in deep water with a hoist and PWC lifts.

The best surprise of all with this home is that it comes complete with watercraft! Included in the price of this home, is a 2015 Tri-toon, two Kawasaki Jet skis, and a 17-foot bass boat. Lake living can't get much better than a beautiful home complete with the watercraft you need to enjoy it.


Indoor Living Spaces

While this home is perfect for the family who loves this outdoors, it also has some incredible features on the inside as well. Aside from being large enough to accommodate your family and friends, there is also plenty of space to enjoy quality time together. This three story home has all main level living, bedrooms located on the upper level, and a spacious family room located on the lower level. If you're looking for an amazing place to relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll love this home. Here are a few other amenities that come with it:
  • Furnished
  • Storm Doors
  • Walk-In Closet
  • Window Treatments
  • Wood Floors
  • Walk-In Shower
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Washer

From large luxury homes to lakefront condos at the Lake of the Ozarks, Gattermeir Davidson knows how to secure the right real estate for you. Our Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents have years of experience in this area, and they look forward to working with you to find your dream home. Whether you're looking for a first time home, vacation home, second home, or investment property, we can help you find what you're looking for. Visit our website today to learn more about our company, as well as the real estate we have available!


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, August 25, 2016

Don't Miss the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout!

Whether you're a local who has lived at the Lake of the Ozarks for years, a family who is relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks, or even visitors who may want to move to the Lake of the Ozarks in the near future - the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout is NOT an event you'll want to miss! From the live entertainment on Thursday, August 25th, to the big races happening over the weekend, we know how to have a good time here at the Lake, and we know you won't want to miss it. Here are a few details that you'll want to know about so you won't miss any of the fun!

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

Lake of the Ozarks Shootout Events

Thursday, August 25th, 2016

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment at Captain Ron’s with Sweet Trouble

Shootout “Auction” and “Poly Lift Poker Run Meet and Greet” at Performance Boat Center4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Poker Run Registration and Packet Distribution
4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – Auction

Friday, August 26th, 2016

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – General parking $10/day multi-day passes available, VIP parking $50/day $75 multi-day passes available.VIP Parking at Scallywags RV Park and Buccaneer Bay Resort
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Poly Lift Poker Run – Registration, Breakfast and start at TBD
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Breakfast at Captain Ron’s
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Vendor Village open at Buccaneer Bay and Captain Ron’s
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Racer Village open at Buccaneer Bay and Captain Ron’s
Noon – 4:00 p.m. – On-Site Racer Registration on Cannonball Beach
Noon – 4:00 p.m. – Safety Inspections and Class Identifications on Dock 4 and Cannonball Beach
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Poker Run Awards presentations
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – Live Entertainment at Captain Ron’s with The Cherry Pistols
11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – DJ Kyle – Live at Captain Ron’s

Saturday, August 27th, 2016
Photo Credit: FunLake.com

**Drivers meeting will be a REQUIRED on-line video with all pre-registered racers and for those that
Register on Cannonball Beach. PLEASE pre-register if possible.
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – General parking $10/day multi-day passes available, VIP parking $50/day $75 multi-day passes available.VIP Parking at Scallywags RV Park and Buccaneer Bay Resort
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Captain Ron’s open for breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Racer Registration on Cannonball Beach
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Safety Inspections & Class Identification
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – PWC Classes Run
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Vendor Village open to the public at Buccaneer Bay and Captain Ron’s
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Racer Village open to the public at Buccaneer Bay and Captain Ron’s
10:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony/National Anthem
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Non-Professional Classes have priority runs
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Manufacturer Classes have priority runs
12:30 p.m. – Dorris’ Pontoon Drag Race
12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Professional Classes have priority runs
1:45 p.m. – Brian Correll Air Shows Flying Performance
1:55 p.m. – Bob Bull/Randy Scism MTI vs. Brian Correll Air Shows Drag Race
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Non-Professional Classes have priority runs
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Manufacturer and Professional Classes have priority runs
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. – The i-Berry’s Live in Concert on the Barge at Captain Ron’s
11:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. – DJ Kyle Live at Captain Ron’s

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

**Drivers meeting will be a REQUIRED on-line video with all pre-registered racers and for those that
Register on Cannonball Beach. PLEASE pre-register if possible.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – General parking $10/day multi-day passes available, VIP parking $50/day $75 multi-day passes available.VIP Parking at Scallywags RV Park and Buccaneer Bay Resort
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Captain Ron’s open for breakfast
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Racer Registration on Cannonball Beach
8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Safety Inspections & Class Identification
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Vendor Village open to the public at Buccaneer Bay and Captain Ron’s
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Racer Village open to the public at Buccaneer Bay and Captain Ron’s
10:00 a.m. – National Anthem
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. –Professional Classes have priority runs
11:00 a.m. – Noon – Manufacturer Classes have priority runs
Noon – 2:00 p.m. – Non-Professional Classes have priority runs
12:30 p.m. – Dorris’ Pontoon Drag Race
1:45 p.m. – Brian Correll Air Shows Flying Performance
1:55 p.m. – Bob Bull/Randy Scism MTI vs. Brian Correll Air Shows Drag Race
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Open for final runs
4:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
4:00 p.m. – Vendor Village and Racer Village may start taking down

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

About the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout

The Lake Rescue Shootout started in 1988 as an event in which many local boats participated simply to establish who had the fastest boat. As the years went by it became a bigger and bigger event that also helped supplement the Lake Area Fire Departments water rescue efforts.

At Gattermier Davidson, not only do we help you start a life at the Lake, but we want to help you continue life at the Lake of the Ozarks! From beginning to end, we want to make the process of buying a home at the Lake of the Ozark easy and obviously, sucessful. If you're ready to start the home buying journey, whether you're looking for a small home or a luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks, let our team assist you.


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








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Monday, August 15, 2016

Ways To Visually Inspect a Roof

When buying a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, there can be a lot of details to pay attention to while you're walking through. From the paint color to the running water, it's easy to get distracted and miss a few key features - like the roof. The roof will be one of the largest investments you have to make in a home, especially if it needs to be replaced, so it's better to know in advance if you'll need to replace it.

While a roof inspection does come with your overall home inspection, you can save yourself some time if you know what to look for and know if you're willing to move forward on a project like that.

Curling & Buckling

If you notice that the shingles on the home you're looking at are curling or buckling, this could be a sign that it is old and needs to be replaced. Look for areas where the roof is in direct sunlight - do you see granules coming off? Either this roof will need to be replaced because of age, or it wasn't installed correctly - and will still need to be replaced.

Roof Valley

Valleys are the spot on your roof where rain and snow will travel down to the gutter system. Obviously, you want these areas to be well maintained and have the shingles appropriately installed. When a valley of your roof is compromised, you can be more at risk for leaks and water damage.

Chimney Flashing

Many times, when you see that a house has a fireplace, it causes immediate excitement! Pictures of sitting around the fireplace on chilly winter days may be what dances through your head, but you should also note the flashing around the chimney on the roof. A chimney is basically a hole in your roof, and if it isn't sealed properly, it can be cause for great concern.

Granules In the Gutters

Can you see inside the gutters? Do you notice shingle granules? What about granules on the ground where the gutter spits the water out? Granules can be a sign that the roof is getting bad either because it's old, not installed correctly or poor quality. A good roof only lasts about 20 years, so if the home is older, and you're seeing roof issues, it may be time to replace the roof.

Inspecting a Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

Whether you're a homeowner who needs to know how to tell the quality of their roof, or you're buying a home and don't want to get into a money pit - these tips are for you. At Gattermeir Davidson, our team can help you spot defects in a home, and realize whether something is going to be a large investment to repair, or if you've stumbled on a diamond in the rough. Are you ready to work with the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks? We would love to show you some of the amazing Lake of the Ozarks real estate!


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