Thursday, February 4, 2016

Improving YOUR Home's Value One Room at a Time: The Bathroom

An updated bathroom can be a great way to improve the bottom line on your home! Whether you're moving in the near future, or want to take care of important updates now instead of later, the bathroom is a wonderful place to start. When a buyer looks at a home, there are two areas that they will inspect first, the bathroom and the kitchen. Both of these rooms are high traffic areas that have more appliances and fixtures than other areas in your home.

Make an impressive mark on your buyers and provide a bathroom that is gleaming with newness. Here are a few things that you can update in your bathroom to make a big impact. Even if you only choose one or two from the list, you'll be surprised at what a difference it can make!

Add a Splash of Color

A new paint job can go a long way in improving your home. If you have a small space, opt for light colors. Make this room feel like a spa by choosing blues, greens, tans or even light pastels. Be sure to remember when choosing your paint that you select a semi-gloss or gloss texture. Bathrooms have a lot of moisture and condensation, and it gathers on your walls. Matte paint tends to get "drip stains", and won't look good in the long run.

Update the Vanity

You don't have to make big changes to create a dramatic result. If this is a half bathroom or secondary bathroom, a pedestal sink will add a touch of elegance. If this will be a major bathroom, like a master or guest, opt for a cabinet with counter space. Granite or stone are wonderful ways to improve the look of your space and incorporate a luxurious feel. If you currently have a wood cabinet, you can update it will a new paint job, or even strip it down and stain it depending on the look you are going for.

Out with the Old in with the New

An updated tub or shower can go a long way in improving this highly used room in your home. If you have an old shower unit that you can see the wear and tear on, it may be time to upgrade to something  more modern. A metal tub with a porcelain coating is a beautiful option and can stand up to wear and tear. You can also tile the walls if you're looking for a fantastic finishing touch.


Find the Right Flooring

Flooring can be a huge selling point in a home, especially in the bathroom. If you currently have vinyl or even worse, carpet, it's time to update the floors. Tile is an excellent choice because it's waterproof and beautiful. It can be a pricier option, but well worth the investment. You can put hardwood floors in a bathroom, but because of the high amounts of moisture, it may not be the best choice. If you're looking for a more cost-effective option, there are many luxurious vinyl options that are waterproof, and also have the beauty of tile or wood. If you really want to make waves, add some heating coils under the floor, and watch potential buyers light up when they find out!

Strive for Spotless

A bathroom may be one of the most noticed rooms of the home, and it can also be the most criticized. Don't settle for or try to sell a grimy bathroom. You want this room to glisten and shine, with the appearance of being very pristine. If your toilet dated and stained, it may be time to update it. A dirty toilet is the first thing to make a person cringe, so if you can only choose a few things to renovate in a bathroom, this needs to be at the top of your list. Same goes for your faucets, as well. If they are covered in lime, soak them in vinegar to remove the build up, and if they're old and grungy you can replace them at a very minimal cost.

Add Fun Features

Think of a few details that you would love to have in your bathroom. If you won't be selling immediately you can enjoy them while you're there! A towel warmer would be a wonderful accent that could gather some "oohs & ahhs" from potential buyers. It doesn't need to be expensive or trendy, but could definitely be a bonus to several buyers. Don't forget to update the other features in your bathroom. New fixtures such as a new faucet, towel rods and rings, bathrobe hangers, can all be minor selling points that make this room more useable.

Sell a Lake of the Ozarks Home with Gattermeir Davidson

If you're selling your home you don't have to be intimidated by a long list of upgrades and renovations. While upgrading your different rooms in your home, like the kitchen and bathroom isn't necessary, it could be the difference between your home staying on the market for a long time and short time. Let our Lake of the Ozarks real estate agents help you make a mark in the housing market at the Lake of the Ozarks - and sell your home fast!


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, January 28, 2016

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Winter

When you need to sell your home in the winter, you may find that it can be a wonderful time to do so. There are a lot of buyers interested in homes at the Lake of the Ozarks before summer arrives, and they are typically pretty serious buyers. Here are a few tips to help make selling your home in the winter a breeze!

Display Year-Round Beauty of your Listing

While your landscaping may not have the same curb appeal as it does in the spring and summer, there are ways to still take advantage of this season. Display photos of your home from other seasons to help give your potential buyers an idea of what it will look like very soon. 

Create a Cozy Atmosphere

While it may be cold and wintry outside, you can create a safe haven for your buyers. If you have a fireplace, you don't have to light it, but you can draw much attention to it, or place candles inside. Drape blankets over the cushions, set a few books on the coffee table and make it look like you're ready to bundle up and stay cozy all winter long in your home. You can bake cookies in the oven, or even make hot chocolate to make it smell fabulous in your home.

Use the Smaller Inventory to Your Advantage

Many times, in the winter, people don't want to sell their homes because they think it's better to sell in the summer. While it's true that a lot of home sell when the weather is beautiful, you can take advantage of the low inventory when selling your home. You'll sell much faster if there are only three homes on the market, versus 30!

Keep the Entryway Clean

Winter time can be notorious for creating a mess. From tracking in snow and puddles on your boots to finding dried tracks all over the house because of the salt that's been spread outside. The entryway is the first thing that your potential buyers will see, so it's important to make sure that it's clean and orderly.

Emphasize Spaces That Will Appeal in Winter

If you have a large home theater in your basement, dress it up and make it look superb! If you have a great play room, activity room, or even a rock wall in the kids room, make sure and feature these. Use the advantages that your home has to appeal to families in this winter season.

The Gattermeir Davidson team has years of experience in real estate. Whether you need to find your dream Lakefront home in the Lake of the Ozarks, or your want to sell your home and upgrade to something better, we can help with both. Give us a call today and let our team assist you with all of your real estate needs!


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, January 21, 2016

7 Tips For Staging and Selling Your Home With Kids Around

In a dream world, your home will always look beautiful and clean. Especially when your REALTOR® calls and says that they are bringing a couple over to see your home. In a real world, this could be when all pandemonium breaks loose, especially because you're selling and showing with your kids in tow. While this can seem stressful, Gattermeir Davidson is here to help, and we want to make this as easy as possible. Here are a few tips to make the staging and showing process a little easier when you have children in the house.

Sneaky Storage

You'll want to get creative about storing items right before a showing. Since you won't want your everyday items lying around the house (bibs, placemats, soap, and cleaning supplies, etc.), you can dedicate a drawer to the storage of those items. You will also want to hide items that you store in your shower and on your bathroom sink. You can purchase a plastic caddy to put these items in, and then store them neatly under the sink till it's over.

To-Go Bags For Everyone

Create a to-go bag for you and the kids in advance. When your favorite Lake of the Ozarks real estate agent calls, you'll be ready to grab the bags and go, and still have everything you need. You can include a change of clothes, drinks, snacks, a few fun toys and any other necessities that they may need. You can also create a bag for yourself with snacks, drinks, makeup, and gum or breath mints. You'll be ready at a moments notice to leave your home and you won't have to rush around finding everything you need.

Minimum Toys and Clothes

To help cut down on the clutter, you will have to pack twice. Once for the showing, and once when you move. For the first packing, you'll want to cut down on the clutter. You can start by only choosing a few of your kids favorite toys to keep out, and pack the ones that have 500+ pieces. You can also pack away all art supplies - these will only add to the last minute chaos before a showing. Give everyone a ten-day wardrobe, this will help make your closet look bigger, and also cut down on the laundry. You won't want piles of clothes lying around at a showing.

Start Organizing and Cleaning Early

By starting, at least, a month in advance, you can get ahead in organizing your home. By removing clutter and unnecessary items, you can make the moving process go much faster. You can have garage sales, or donate the things you don't need to the local thrift stores. Remember that the less clutter, the better. You'll want lots of space in your closets, to make it look like there is plenty of room. Don't forget to have your kids help with this process. You can give allowances to older kids, and use a reward system for the younger ones. The cleaning process will go much faster when you have them on your side.

Plan Out of Home Activities

Because you'll want to get your kids out of the house when your real estate agent comes to show your house, you can make a list of things you want to do. From the going to the park, feeding the ducks, having a scavenger hunt at the mall, or going out for ice cream - a pre-made list will keep you from driving around town aimlessly or sitting in a parking lot waiting to go home. You can also take this time to run errands that need done.

Prepare Oven Dinners

One way to save some of the mess in your kitchen is to prepare oven dinners. This can save you a lot of stove top cleaning, and also help keep the pots and pans clean. You can also consider doing crockpot meals to cut down on even more dishes.

Last Minute Clean Up

When your real estate agent calls to tell you that they will be stopping by your house shortly, it's time to run through the house and do a spot check. Wipe off counters, pick up the toys, run a vacuum over the carpet and sweep the hard floors. Don't forget to check the bathroom mirrors for spots as well. If you want to find an easy way to make the beds and also hide those cartoon bedspreads that your kids love, make the beds with a blanket that matches the room. Then let your kids sleep on top of that blanket with their bedspreads, and when you're ready to make the room look nice, throw the bedspread underneath the bed for an instantly made bed!

Hire the Best Real Estate Company at the Lake of the Ozarks

Gatermeir Davidson is ready to help you sell your home, and do it professionally and quickly. The Gattermeir Davidson team is committed to excellence. We work with each seller to achieve maximum value on the home while working to sell the home as quickly as possible. This happens as a result of proper pricing, marketing, and staging. Once a good offer is made from a buyer, we are the strongest negotiators at the Lake. We work non-stop on your behalf to make the deal happen. You simply couldn't have a better team behind your real estate deal. When you're ready to sell a Lake of the Ozarks home, contact us, and we'll help you get it done!


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, January 15, 2016

Country Estate with Acreage - REDUCED by $100,000!

Imagine finding a home that feels like it's in the country, but is only five miles from shopping, dining, and the school. That is exactly what you'll find in this beautiful three bedroom, four bathroom home in Miller county. There's plenty of space inside the home to spread out and relax, along with a huge yard and lots of property to enjoy many outdoor activities. This is a true family oriented retreat, and we're sure you'll make wonderful memories while living here. Check out some of the other great amenities in this home!



Beautiful, Spacious Home

One of the first things you'll notice about this home is the amazing cathedral ceilings in the huge great room. The formal dining room and large kitchen allow for plenty of space when you have friends or family members over. There is also a quaint breakfast nook for those days when you won't be using the dining room. There is also a private office space in this home, which could also be made into a fourth bedroom. Everything is all on one level and located in the middle of a beautifully wooded area. The master room as has his and her baths. This house also comes with a mudroom, lots of storage and a workshop.



Amazing Outdoor Amenities

The real gem of this property is the wonderful outdoor space. There are 79.60 acres, most of it is wooded, and there is a natural spring creek on the back 40 acres. There are several deer stands, and four wheeler trails scattered around the property, as well as a private drive, and landscaped yard. The large shop/horse barn, kennel and RV hookup with full access are wonderful additions to this incredible property. Enjoy beautiful sunsets on the deck with screened porch when the weather is nice.


Best Real Estate at the Lake of the Ozarks

If you're ready to call this beautiful property home, contact us today! Gattermeir Davidson specializes in finding a home for you and your family that will be perfect. We listen to your wants and needs and make the a priority through the home buying process. Whether you're selling your Lake of the Ozarks home, or looking to buy a beautiful Lakefront home in the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help. Contact us today for a private tour of your dream 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, January 7, 2016

What You NEED To Know About Home Buying in 2016

2015 was a great year to buy a home. There were many great houses on the market, and the interest rates stayed low. While 2015 was a good year, 2016 is showing signs of having many great benefits as well. Here are a few things you'll want to be aware of as you prepare to buy your Lake of the Ozarks home.



Home Prices Should Slow Down

While real estate prices have been on the rise recently, it is believed that the prices should start to slow down soon. As the prices slow down, this will be an ideal time for first-time buyers to get their foot in the door and purchase the home of their dreams. Along with first time buyers, it can also be a good time to purchase a second home at the Lake of the Ozarks and invest while the prices are low.

More Homes on the Market

Because the prices of homes may start to slow down, we may also see a rise in listings. This means that as a buyer, you will have more homes to choose from. It may also diminish the "bidding wars" as there will be more homes to go around. In addition, we may see a rise in contractors building new homes, which will also help take the pressure off of buyers struggling to find a residence.


Cheap Mortgages May Vanish

While the prices of homes may level off for a bit, interest rates seem to be on the rise. As a home buyer, this impacts you because the higher the interest rates are, the more you'll be paying in the long run for your home. While it's hard to say exactly how high the rates will get, it is believed that they will increase through 2016. If you have been wanting to buy a home at the Lake of the Ozarks, now is the time to begin before the rates start increasing.

Renting vs. Buying

There is always the debate whether it's cheaper to rent or to buy. Based off of speculated numbers, it looks like it will still be a good plan to buy a home this year compared to renting. In fact, rent prices appear to be climbing, and may continue to do so throughout the year. This means that when you're looking to get more bang for your buck, buying a home is the way to go.


Home Buying at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks is a wonderful place to settle down. Whether you want to spend your retirement here, raise your family, or start your career - there are many opportunities for you. You will find that the Lake area is friendly, encouraging and involved in the community, which is only part of what makes it such a wonderful place. The team at Gattermeir Davidson would be glad to help you find the best lakefront home at the Lake of the Ozarks, and assist you in getting 2016 off on the right foot.


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, December 30, 2015

Tips for Packing Your Holiday Decorations

Now that the Christmas parties are over, the gifts have been unwrapped and leftovers are almost gone, it's time to take down the holiday decorations. While it's easier to deck the halls than un-deck them, there are a few ways you can make the process easier. From having the correct storage bins, to creative ways to store your Christmas lights, here are a few ways you can make the packing easier, and the unpacking even easier next year.

Invest in Appropriate Storage

You and your attic will both thank you for investing in clear plastic bins. You won't have to dig through storage trying to find the right box this way. Make sure that you get the correct size as well. While you'll want the bin to be large enough to hold many items, you don't want it so large that you can easily overfill it, making it too heavy to lift. If you choose one style that you like and buy many of them, it will be easier to stack them than if you buy several different styles.


Help Your Ribbons Keep Their Shape

When you use ribbons for decorating, keep the spools  so that you can wind them back up. This is especially good for the wired kinds. If you threw the spools away already, you can use paper towel rolls and tape one end to the roll before winding. For bows that are shaped, stuff tissue paper in the loops to keep them from being crushed. You can also store your ribbons in zip-top bags to keep them from getting any moisture.

Keep Your Fabric Fresh

It will be easier to get stains out of your tablecloths, tree skirts, and stockings when you wash them before you store them. After they're completely dry, fold them neatly and store in an oversized zip-top or vacuum seal bag. You can also add some dryer sheets to help them smell fresh when you pull them out next year.

Prevent Tangled Lights

When facing the arch-nemesis of Christmas decorating, there are a few tips that can make it easier to store them. One of the easiest methods to keep them from tangling quite as much is to roll them in a ball like yarn. Make sure that you leave the plug-in end of the strand on the outside so you can easily check to make sure they work next year.

Protect the Breakables

One of the best ways to protect your breakable ornaments is to save their original packaging. If that isn't possible, save the packaging from online gift orders and wrap each ornament in tissue paper, while layering bubble wrap between the layers. Also, be sure to store the most delicate ornaments on the top of the box, so the weight won't crush them.

Storing the Tree

If you have an artificial tree, you can store it inside plastic bins, the original box, or purchase special bags and cases for it. If you have a real tree, you can roll it in a tarp before taking it out of your home so that you have less mess. You can also find different places that will recycle it. In fact, Bridal Cave in Camdenton, MO is putting the trees in the Lake to help create a safe place for fish.

Store in Order

Finally, when yo are putting all of your decorations back into storage, make sure and arrange the boxes in the order that you'll need them. If the tree goes on first, make sure that it's the last thing stored so you'll have east access to it next year.

Deck New Halls Next Christmas

The Lake of the Ozarks is a wonderful place to live and play. If you would like to make this great area your home, now is the time to start looking for your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks! At Gattermeir Davidson, we specialize in finding you the home of your dreams whether it's large or small. We have Lake front homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, homes in the country and everything in between. To work with the best real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call today and let our team help you find a new home for next year's Christmas celebrations!

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, December 23, 2015

5 Ways To Enjoy Christmas In Your NEW Home

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, and even more exciting if you'll be spending it in your new home. Whether you'll be decorating the halls, or singing carols around the neighborhood, there are several ways you and your family can make amazing memories. Here are a few ways you can celebrate the Holiday's in a new place.

Deck the Halls

Use your new home at the Lake of the Ozarks as a chance to really enjoy decorating. You'll have new places to put all of your old decorations, and you can enjoy buying a few new pieces that are special for this new home. Of course, you don't have to limit the decorating to just the inside! Enjoy a chance to get out and hang some lights on your home and make it festive outside too.

Sing it Loud for All to Hear

Christmas in your new neighborhood is a great chance to get out and meet your neighbors. Put together a nice plate of treats that you can make with your family, and then take the opportunity to meet the people around you.

Maybe Christmas Perhaps, Means a Little Bit More

While it could be a bit overwhelming to be celebrating Christmas in a new home, it would be fun to celebrate with all of the people who mean so much to you. Christmas is a wonderful time to get together with your family, so why not do so in YOUR new home!

All is Calm, All is Bright

Start a new Christmas tradition in your new home. Buy a few Christmas stories and enjoy sitting around the tree with the lights aglow, lots of hot chocolate, and the sound of your voice whisking your kids off to dreamland.

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Every family has different ways of celebrating the holiday's, so if you won't be spending Christmas morning in your new home, why not make Christmas Eve a tradition! You can give your kids a new ornament to represent something they've achieved through the year, or even a key ornament to represent their new home. Celebrate with some delicious foods and snacks, and enjoy the coziness of having a new home after relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks.


Merry Christmas to All, and To All A Good Night

The entire team at Gattermeir Davidson would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year. May your new home bring you joy and peace through the season and we hope you can create many fun, new traditions to enjoy while you're there. If you still want to move to the Lake of the Ozarks and just haven't done it yet, now is a great time to consider a move. Give our team a call today and we can help you find the best homes at the Lake of the Ozarks. Merry Christmas!

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