Monday, November 28, 2016

What To Know When Selling a Home with Pets

Your furry friends have been a huge part of your life, and now that you'll be selling a Lake of the Ozarks home, they are just as involved as ever. In fact, whether you knew it or not, there are a few things that can actually make selling a home with pets a bit challenging. Whether a buyer is allergic or they are just afraid the home will be worn down, you can overcome these challenges with a few easy steps. Gattermeir Davidson has the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we'll help you navigate the sale of your home even with your furry friends.


Walk Through the Yard

Most likely, your buyers will take a walk through your yard to see what it looks like and imagine their kids playing and running around - nothing can turn them off more than stepping in a pile of dog doo, though. Before every showing, take a walk around your yard and make sure there is nothing that could turn your buyers away. To be safe, you can always walk your dog away from home or always follow him with a bag when he goes outside.

If your yard suffers from brown splotches caused by your pet, you can alleviate the signs by putting new seed or sod down. You will also want to inspect the outside (and the inside for that matter!) of your home for signs of wear and tear. Torn screens, scratches at the door, holes in the yard and garden, and bite marks on the porch should all be repaired to make a good impression.

Remove All Signs

Like kids, your pets can be hard on a home through daily wear and tear. Walk through your home and notice if there are any repairs that need to be made before putting your home on the market. You will also want to clean messy areas, like hair and stains on the floors and furniture. If you have carpets, you should strongly consider having them cleaned professionally if not replaced all together.

You are probably used to the smell of your home, and with that, comes the smell of your pet - which may not be as welcoming to possible buyers. You don't want to overwhelm your buyers with the scent of fake freshness, but you do want to make sure that Fido doesn't permeate the home. Have someone with a fresh nose (like your real estate agent) come in and tell you if you've done a good job removing the odor or not. You can also use deodorizers in the area that the pet resides the most to help remove the odor without just covering it up.

Take Care of Your Pet

We're sure you do a great job caring for your pet on a day-to-day basis, but have you taken the necessary precautions to care for them during the sale of your home? The best idea is to make sure they have somewhere to go when you have showings so that the buyers don't see your pet, and are able to move around the home without being barked at. If your pet doesn't have somewhere they can go during showings, you may want to talk to your vet to see if there is any way you can help relieve pet stress during this time - as it can be unsettling for your dog to have so many new people walking through his territory. Or you can talk to a trainer to make sure that your pet will be okay being left in a kennel in the home during showings. You don't want to close off a room for the pet that the buyers can't get to.

Finally, you need to check your home insurance and make sure that your dog is covered. Did you know that if someone is bit by your pet on your property that you are held liable? Some insurance will include exclusions for your pet, meaning that they aren't covered. While other insurance companies will only exclude certain breeds that are considered dangerous. You should follow up on this even if you aren't selling your home.

Selling a Lake of the Ozarks Home

When you look for any service, you want to find the best providers - and that's what you get with Gattermeir Davidson. Our team of real estate agents are trained to help you work through any red tape that you may find while selling your home. If you have pets, kids, unique situations, or a beautiful market-ready home, we would love to help. Visit our website to learn more about our selling strategies!

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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








Monday, November 21, 2016

Getting Your House Ready for Holiday Guests

If you're like many families around the country, you'll be gathering together around the dinner table for lots of food and fellowship this week. Thanksgiving brings everyone together, and while that's a great thing, it can also mean that you'll have a lot of preparations to make around your home. At Gattermeir Davidson, we not only want to help you find a home, but then make it a great environment for all types of entertaining. Here are a several ways you can get your home ready for the many guests that are likely to be around this week. Even if you can only do a couple of them, they will make a difference!


20. Wipe down the mirrors.

19. Make your bed.

18. Remove the clutter from surfaces.

17. Light a candle.

16. Set some snacks out - save yourself time by buying some.

15. Display the snacks on a tray.

14. Clean out your sink and put the dishes in the dishwasher.

13. Take out the trash.

12. Brew some coffee. The scent will create a warm and welcoming environment.

11. Keep the toilet paper stocked in all bathrooms.

10. Wipe the sink and toilet with disinfecting wipes.

9. Use cloth napkins.

8. Place fresh flowers around your home.

7. Give your sofa pillows a little shake.

6. Straighten the entryway, it's where first impressions happen.

5. If it has a door, close it. Cabinets, closets, even bedrooms.

4. Turn down the lights. Dim lighting sets a fun mood, and hides the details you couldn't attend to.

3. Turn on some tunes.

2. Welcome your guests with drinks.

1. Don't apologize for the state of your home. This only draws attention to the mess and makes it obvious.


Make Your House a Home

While it can be easy to get stressed out about the state of your house, remember that love is what makes your house a home. Fill it with people, food, laughter, and great memories and no one will ever remember if there were toothpaste stains on the mirror.

During your merriment, if you find that your home is too small for the festivities and you are ready to upgrade - we can help! Gattermeir Davidson has been providing the best real estate at the Lake of the Ozarks for many years, and whether you find that you need more space, less space, or even a second space - like a vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help.

The entire team at Gatermeir Davidson hopes that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday with friends or family, and should you need any assistance with real estate, give us a call, or visit our website!


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, November 16, 2016

Preparing Your Home for Winter

Every season brings a whole new set of things to do when you own a Lake of the Ozarks home, and winter is no different. From making sure the leaves are all raked up to making sure your home is well insulated, it can be hard to know what to do next. At Gattermeir Davidson, we want to make sure that you are well prepared in any season as a homeowner, and that you can easily transition between each one. Here are a few things you need to remember as the weather starts to get colder, and your home needs a few things done.


Check The Gutters

While you've been enjoying the fall weather and activities, the leaves and debris have been building up in your gutter. You'll want to find a way to clean these out before the winter sets in. Even though we may not experience hard winter's in the Midwest, you never know when a storm is going to come through that could leave you surprised. When your gutters are clogged up with debris it can cause ice dams, and those can lead to water leaking around your home where it's not wanted.

Create Air Boundaries

You want to keep the cold air out and the warm air in this winter, but you may need to do a few things to make this possible. This isn't just so you can stay warm through the winter, but it helps your energy savings drastically. Some of the most popular areas to look are around your windows and doors. These items of your home are more likely to have gaps, which is where you'll find your warm air leaking out. Get some caulk and go around your windows to ensure a good seal.

Fix The Furnace

We're guessing that in all of the summer fun, you've probably not given your furnace much, though, and we can't blame you! Now it's time to go ahead and give it a good inspection, though, before the cold sets in and you really want it. It's a good idea to have it inspected to make sure that everything is clean and that there is no build up anywhere. You should also remember to clean out your air filters every so often in the winter to keep everything running efficiently.

If you need a new unit, make sure to look for one that is energy efficient so that you can save money through the years on this vital piece of your home.

Are Your Ducts In A Row?

They're out of sight, out of mind - and if you haven't considered checking out the duct work in your home, now is a good time to do it. You may not be paying attention to them, but if they aren't sealed and insulated properly, you could be losing $120 or more on your electric bill.


Let There Be Light

Daylight Savings has ended, and now it's time to make sure your yard is properly lit for the safety of your and your family - not to mention any guests that may come over. If your porch lights have burned out, it's time to replace them, and even give the glass globes a good cleaning from the bugs. If you don't have lighting along your sidewalks, it may be a good time to consider have some LED lights installed around your landscape to help make it easier to see. You can have them installed on a timer, or motion sensor so that you aren't wasting electricity as well.

Owning a Home at the Lake of the Ozarks

Owning your own home can be extremely gratifying, but it can also involve a bit of work as well. At Gattermeir Davidson, from the moment you start to look for your dream home, to the day you sell it because you need something bigger - we're here for you. Let our team of the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks assist you in finding your home, and then keeping it maintained through the years! Visit our website at www.GotLakeRealEstate.com to learn more about the properties we have available and how we can help you get settled into a Lake of the Ozark 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






Thursday, November 10, 2016

5 reasons to Move to the 573 Area Code

Are you looking for a change of scenery? Maybe you need to relocate to the Lake of the Ozarks for a new job. No matter what your reason for moving to our 573 area, there are many reasons people come to the Lake, fall in love with it, and then move here. At Gattermeir Davidson, we love this lake area, and we love showing others why they'll love living here as well. November 10th is Area Code Day, so we're going to show you exactly why you'll love living the lake life!

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

Recreational Activities

From fishing to golfing or dining and shopping, there are many reasons why the recreational activities at the Lake of the Ozarks bring people from all around. In fact, the Lake of the Ozarks was voted the #1 Recreational Lake in the Nation, and we are proud of that title.

There are a variety of fish in the Lake of the Ozarks, and while the lake brings vacationers from all over, it also draws fishermen who want to consistently live around the lake. We also have some of the best golf courses around, designed by well-known golfers, and perfectly maintained for a night out on the green. Your family will find something for everyone, and the recreational activities will keep you entertained for the longest time.

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

Great School Districts

At the Lake of the Ozarks, you'll find that we have several incredible school districts. Whether you choose the Camdenton school district with the Lakers, the Osage Beach district with the Osage Indians, or even any of the other private schools around the area, your family will love being a part of our school family.

A Variety of Homes

From large luxury homes at the Lake of the Ozarks to small cabins with personal docks, there are many different homes to choose from. The lake area is home to many different styles and homes, and covers many different years of home building. The entire Gattermeir Davidson team cannot wait to help you choose the perfect home for your family. 

Enjoy Living in All Seasons

One of the greatest things about living at the Lake of the Ozarks is that you can enjoy all four seasons. The Midwest is home to many beautiful areas, and the Lake is one of the best, in our opinion, of course! From beautiful spring weather, with the birds singing and flowers blooming, to our amazing summer season with Lake life in full swing. Fall is filled with beautiful leaves, fun festivals, and winter is a great time to meet other lake dwellers by participating in some great events.

Opportunities for the Whole Family

In the end, we think you would love to move to the Lake of the Ozarks because there are opportunities for the entire family. Our economic growth creates a perfect place for you to settle down and create a lifestyle, while our community events makes for a great way to enjoy your life here. 

Photo Credit: FunLake.com

Are you ready to take the plunge and move to the Lake of the Ozarks? We're ready to help you find the perfect home for you! We have the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, whether you're a first time home buyer or you're looking for a second home or investment property - we can help. Visit our website to learn more about the Lake area, and our real estate team!




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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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Don't Leave Those Leaves!

Fall has fallen, and it's time to make sure your home is prepared! Every year, the autumn season brings wonderfully brisk weather, amazing food, beautiful colors - and leaves. Of course, after they fall to the ground they become a little less beautiful, and a little more of a hassle. At Gattermeir Davidson, we know how important it is to keep your home in good repair, whether you're selling it, just buying it, or have been living at the Lake of the Ozarks for years. Here are a few reasons that the fall leaves are not good for your yard, and how to remove them!

Why Should You Remove the Fall Leaves?

One of the main reasons you want to clean up your leaves is because it can affect the quality of your grass, and the ability for it to come back up again in the spring. Wet leaves that sit on your grass can create an environment that's perfect for mold, mildew and disease. The sooner you get them cleaned off your yard, the better chance your grass will survive till the next season.

Also, remember that wet leaves can be a hazard to other people who walk across the hard surfaces in your yard. They make it difficult to see cracks, pits, and other flaws in your sidewalk. By cleaning them up now, you can help increase the safety around your home.

Best Ways to Clean The Leaves In Your Yard

1. Get the leaves into a pile
You can achieve this by raking them up, with either a rake, leaf blower, a walk-behind, gas-powered leaf blower. Do you have a large yard? You can also use a walk-behind  power vacuum to collect and shred leaves. You can also consider a heavy-duty leaf vacuum that attached to your riding lawnmower and has an impeller that grinds up leaves, reducing them to a 10-to-1 ratio.

2. Collect the leaves
First, you'll want to know what your disposal method is going to be. If you will be composting the leaves, you can rake them up onto a large plastic tarp, and drag the leaves over to the compost pile. If you are collecting them for town pick-up, you'll want to dump them into a bag. You can also use a cardboard collar to hold the bag open, or fold the top of the bag over a large trashcan until it's full.

3. Dispose of the leaves
You will need to know if there are any ordinances that are already in place for the handling of your leaves. If you live outside of town, you can blow them into the woods if you own any around you. You can also bag them up - but you'll want to know the appropriate bag type. Some towns only pick up leaves in clear plastic bags, while others require recyclable paper bags. Some towns will vacuum them up as long as you rake them to the curb. You can compost them, and use them as your brown matter that provides carbon to your compost. You can also mulch them and return them back to the ground.

Owning a home can require a little bit of extra work, but it can be extremely rewarding in the end. Are you looking for a place to call your own this winter? At Gattermeir Davidson, we have the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks and would love to help you find the home of your dreams. From small cottages to luxury lakefront homes at the Lake of the Ozarks we are here for you. Visit our website to see what 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















Monday, October 24, 2016

Creating a Safe and Spooky Place for Trick-Or-Treaters

The weather is getting chilly, the scent of fall is in the air, and in just a short time kids will don their fun costumes and go door to door for candy. Are you a new homeowner at the Lake of the Ozarks? Or maybe you're looking into relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks and becoming a member of our wonderful society? Either way, there are a few things you can do to help keep the area safe during this holiday season, and make it a fun trip for the kids.

Keep Everything Well Lit

On Halloween, a lit house is a sign that you have candy and are willing to pass it out. As a courtesy to parents and kids alike, keep your front yard, sidewalks, and porch well lit. If children will be trick or treating at night, you want to make sure that they have a safe experience on your property. Sweep off the sidewalks and porch, and make sure that everything is visible. If you won't be home, just turn out the lights and that will be a good signal that there isn't any candy at your home. If you don't want to pass out candy, just plan on leaving your lights off, or going somewhere else - otherwise, you might be at risk for the "trick" part of the evening.

Be Aware of Your Neighborhood

Even if you don't have an established neighborhood watch program, there's nothing wrong with being aware of your community - especially at this time of year. For the first few days before Haloween, you can be aware of the area and watch for suspicious characters who may be lurking around. If you know that a neighbor won't be home, help them keep an eye on their place, and if you notice unruly trick or treaters who are performing "tricks," keep the authorities on speed dial.

Use the Correct Treats

In years past it was common to hand out homemade popcorn balls, caramel apples, and other delicious treats - but that's not so anymore. Always hand out pre-packaged candy. Not only does this make the kids and parents feel safer, but it keeps you safe as well. While your homemade treats are perfectly safe, the parents won't know this. Save your gourmet gifts of goodness for private parties, and go out to get some packaged candy at the store for distributing.

Bag Up The Tricks

Have you seen those videos where people plan all sorts of tricks for the kids that come to their house? Like the one with the scarecrow that was really and man and he would jump out and scare kids - only, he didn't scare a kid. He actually scared a full grown dad, who then punched him in the nose. While it is fun to lay little "traps" for the kids that will be stopping by, remember that parents are likely standing close by, and want a safe environment for their children. Keep it limited to toys, motion activated pumpkins and haunted houses where people actually want to get scared out of their socks.

Happy Halloween From Gattermeir Davidson

We hope that you and your family have a wonderful and safe holiday. If you're still trying to find a home before winter, keep us in mind! At Gattermeir Davidson, we have the best team of real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, and we would love to help you find the perfect home for your little ghouls and goblins. Visit our website at www.GotLakeRealEstate.com 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








Monday, October 17, 2016

3 Ways To Sell Your Home FAST!

When you first made your decision to put your home on the market, did you have a timeframe in mind? For some people, their home hits the market and it's gone, but for others it may linger for a while until the perfect buyer finds it. What makes a home sell slow or fast? At Gattermeir Davidson,
We're the right team to sell your home at Lake of the Ozarks


Price It To Sell

There's nothing that can kill a home's ability to sell faster than pricing it too high. Not only do you eliminate all of the potential buyers that won't pay that price for your home, but you then start it off with a handycap. When your home is priced too high for the first 30-50 days, you probably won't sell it, and then it will have been on the market for too long for no other reason than pricing. When potential buyers see that it's been listed online for over 180 days, though, they don't automatically think that it was because of the pricing, but because of some other major defect that everyone noticed, and then they may not even look at it.

Pricing is key, and at Gattermeir Davidson, we do extensive research to see what homes are selling for in the area, as well as homes similar to yours so that when you set the price, it's based on facts.

Improve the Interior & Exterior

You can never go wrong with investing in the appearance of your home. You don't have to do a full makeover, but if you look around and pick a few things that could really use an update before the buyers see it, you can increase your chances of selling quick. Buyers can be very trivial when walking through a home, and even if the bare bones of your home are imaculate, sometimes they won't buy a home because the flooing in the kitchen is old, or the paint in the entry way is all scuffed. They know it's an easy fix, but it automatically gives off the appearance of "unkemptness." Provide your buyers with the opportunity to overlook these by upgrading the paint job to a very basic color, or replacing the flooring in the kitchen so that it doesn't distract from the overall home.

We can help you make these decisions as we walk through your home and learn what you're willing to do, or unable to accomplish. Don't forget about the landscaping, either! It's the first impression of your home.

Make It Easy to Show

This simply means, be prepared to show your home at all hours of the day. Your real estate agent and other real estate agents will be walking potential buyers through your home, so you won't need to be there. Make a list of activities you've wanted to do, parks you've wanted to visit, or restaurants you've wanted to try, because your agent could call saying that the has a couple who's ready to come over in the next hour and a half. You won't want to be there when the buyers are touring your home, either. Letting them freely roam around allows them the freedom to see and think without being afraid to hurt your feelings. 

This goes without saying! Sometimes the only difference between a fast sale and a slow sale is the quality of the agent. At Gattermeir Davidson, our team has been trained on many different situations that can arise from selling a home, and when you work with us, you're getting the benefit of having the whole team. Are you ready to sell a home at the Lake of the Ozarks? Let us be the team to help you accomplish your goals, and even help you buy a new home in the area if you plan to stay!


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