Wednesday, November 25, 2015

4 Kitchen Safety Tips For Thanksgiving

It's almost Thanksgiving, which means your kitchen will probably get a bigger workout today and tomorrow than it's gotten in the last several weeks combined! By the time you're finished preparing the turkey, stuffing, casserole, and pies, you will be more than ready to sit down and enjoy the feast you have prepared.

While you're thinking about what to prepare for this Thanksgiving, it's important to also spend some time thinking about how you're going to be safe in the kitchen. According to the NFPA, more kitchen fires happen on Thanksgiving than any other day of the year. Our real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks are here to help you and your family stay safe this Thanksgiving with these kitchen safety tips.

Tip #1 - Stay In The Kitchen
Unattended cooking is often recognized as the leading cause of kitchen fires. If you have food on the stove top, it's very important that you stay in the kitchen. If you have a turkey in the oven, stay in your home and check on the turkey frequently to make sure everything is as it should be. By keeping a close eye on things, you will be able to react quickly if something should happen.

Tip #2 - Keep The Kitchen Floor Clear
Tripping over pets, young children, bags, and toys can be hazardous even on the safest of days - but tripping over them while you're carrying knives or hot pans can be downright dangerous. Keep everyone safe by making sure the kitchen floor is clear from potential tripping hazards. When you're carrying knives or hot plates, be sure to move slowly and carefully - you never know when a small child or pet may cross your path!

Tip #3 - Don't Leave Children Unattended
Keeping young children out of the kitchen entirely may be the safest option, but many kids like to help out with the Thanksgiving preparations as much as they can. Hot pans and liquids can cause serious burns, though, and children can get underfoot easily. If you are going to have children in the kitchen while you're cooking, make sure you designate a responsible adult or teenager to keep an eye on the kids and make sure they aren't putting themselves or others in danger.

Tip #4 - Keep Knives And Electrical Cords Away From The Counter's Edge
It's no secret that children like to get their hands on things. If you have knives or electrical cords near the edge of the counter, they may pique the interest of a passing child. For everyone's safety, it is best to keep dangerous objects at the back of the counter, out of reach. This will also make them less likely to be accidentally knocked onto the floor.

Happy Thanksgiving!
From The Property Shop At The Lake's family to yours, we hope you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! If you are interested in touring some of the homes for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks while you're here visiting family, let us know! Our team of Lake of the Ozarks REALTORS® would be honored to show you around.

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

Thursday, November 19, 2015

YOU'RE INVITED! Open House On Blackfoot Road

Consider this your formal invitation! If you are looking for properties for sale at the Lake of the Ozarks or are in the very beginning phases of your home search, don't miss your chance to experience first-hand all that this beautiful home for sale in Four Seasons, MO has to offer. Annie Glascock Faulstich, one of our top real estate agents at the Lake of the Ozarks, is hosting an open house this weekend - and she wants YOU to join her!

Open House ~ Event Details

Date: Saturday, November 21st
Time: 10:00 AM - 2:30 PM
Location: 147 Blackfoot Road, Four Seasons

The property will be open to the public for several hours, so stop by any time for your personal tour! We're sure that you will love everything this home has to offer. 

147 Blackfoot Road ~ Property Details

If you're dreaming of tranquil living with access to all of Four Seasons' outstanding amenities, you need not look any further than this beautiful home. With its private backyard and prime location on a quiet cul de sac street, this property perfectly balances quiet seclusion and easy access to some of the best shopping, dining, and other attractions that the Lake of the Ozarks has to offer. 

Perfect For Anyone
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • 1,900 Square Feet
  • 2 Car Garage

This home's main level living layout and bonus den or office space easily lend themselves to anyone and everyone, from the young family just starting out to the retired couple looking for a place to settle down.

Access To All Of Four Seasons' Amenities

Four Seasons is renowned as one of the most popular neighborhoods in the Lake Area. Homeowners in Four Seasons enjoy private access to several wonderful amenities, including:
  • Swimming Pools
  • Hiking / Biking Trails
  • Tennis Courts
  • Skate Park
  • Playgrounds
  • Dog Park
  • Fitness Center
  • Camping Ground
  • Boat Launch
  • Boat Trailer Parking
  • Superior Road Maintenance

Affordable Lake Living!

This Lake of the Ozarks home for sale has a lot to offer, but its asking price is arguably one its top selling features. Competitively priced at only $189,900, this incredible home offers outstanding lake living at an unbeatable price.

Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity! We sincerely hope you will be able to attend the open house this weekend, but if you are unable to make it, you can contact Annie to schedule your private showing of this beautiful home. Annie's contact info is: 

Keep The Property Shop In Mind For All Your Real Estate Needs!

Whether you're buying or selling your house at the Lake of the Ozarks, please keep us in mind! Our experienced real estate team would be more than happy to assist you in any way we can. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Attics - Not JUST For Storage!

Searching for a home decor idea that will wow all your friends, family, and other guests? If you're looking for home decor inspiration, look up! The Property Shop at the Lake is here to open your eyes to one of the most powerful (but often underused) home design opportunities you'll ever have -- your attic.

Your Attic Could Have A Lot Of Potential

While redecorating the attic isn't feasible for every homeowner, there are plenty of homes at the Lake of the Ozarks that have empty attics simply waiting to be turned into an incredible oasis. Depending on the size and shape of your attic, it could be used for any number of different things - an extra bedroom, a movie lounge, a reading nook, or anything else you could imagine.

Here are some great ideas to help get your creative juices flowing:

1. Private Kids' Hide-A-Way
If you have kids or teenagers in the house, they will probably love the idea of having a secret getaway in their home. With a little TLC, your attic could turn into an awesome kids' zone complete with bean bag chairs, carpeting, and maybe even video games and a TV. The sky is the limit!

2. Spare Bedroom
If you're in need of extra space to sleep other guests, you may want to consider re-purposing your attic so it can serve as an extra bedroom. It doesn't have to be a big space; even a small attic bedroom can be a great asset to your home. 

3. Movie Pad
What could possibly be cooler than an attic movie lounge? If you are looking for a cool way to add interest and intrigue to your home, turning your unused attic space into a cool movie pad could be a great solution. Once you install your TV and speakers, all you need is plush carpet and a few comfy places to sit. You'll be set!

4. Cozy Library
Is your attic space limited? No worries! All you need are a few bookshelves, a comfy chair, and books to create a cozy library space that you'll never want to leave. Everyone will love it!

Your Repurposed Attic Will Have Multiple Benefits

In addition to creating a bonus room that will make all your friends and family jealous, remodeling your attic can have a great impact on your home's resale value. When it comes time to sell your house at the Lake of the Ozarks, having a remodeled attic can be a powerful way to set your home apart. 

What other design ideas do you have? Leave us a comment to let us know your thoughts!

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760

Monday, November 2, 2015

6 DIY Interior Home Painting Tips

Giving your walls a fresh coat of paint is one of the quickest ways to breathe new life into your home at the Lake of the Ozarks, revamp your interior decorating strategies, and possibly even increase the value of your property. You can hire professional painters to do the work for you, or you can save a few bucks by doing it yourself. If you're thinking about doing your home painting yourself, these quick tips can help you paint like a pro.

6 Home Painting Tips

1. Tape All The Perimeters Carefully
Taping can be incredibly time-consuming, but it's worth taking the time to do it well. Use painters tape to line the edges along the ceilings, door frames, window frames, baseboards, light switches, and electrical outlets. If applied correctly, the tape will help you avoid getting the fresh paint in places it shouldn't be. Doing this extra work in the beginning will make a huge difference in the long run.

2. Prepare The Surface Before You Begin Painting
The urge to begin painting immediately can certainly be strong, but it's important to make sure all proper preparatory measures have been taken first. Wipe your walls down to rid them of any dust or cobwebs, and fill in any holes, chips, or dents. If you paint (or prime) without first making sure your walls are properly prepared, the paint may have trouble sticking to the walls.

3. Don't Skimp On The Primer
If you are covering up a bold, bright, or dark color, primer will be your best friend. Primers come in neutral colors such as white or beige and are used to "prime" the walls for your new paint. Primer is much less expensive than paint, so you may want to apply several coats of primer before the new paint. By applying more coats of primer, you may be able to get away with fewer coats of the actual paint.

4. Cover The Floor In Drop Clothes
Some of the paint won't make it from the tray or cup all the way to the wall; a lot of it will fall to the floor in little (or big) drops. Rather than stressing about getting dried paint up off the floor, be proactive and cover the floor in drop cloths. If you don't have official drop cloths to use, old sheets or towels will work just as well.

5. Invest In A Telescoping Extension Pole For Your Roller
Painting the sections of wall that are within arm's reach is one thing, but painting the sections that are out of reach is another thing entirely. Many people use stepladders, but continually climbing up and down and readjusting the stepladders' position can become very tedious. Opting for a telescoping extension pole for your paint roller can make your job much easier.

6. Store Your Materials Temporarily By Covering Them In Plastic Food Wrap
If you're working on a paint job that will take you several days, you shouldn't have to clean everything up and wash out all of your brushes every single day. Instead, wrap your brushes and other tools tightly in plastic wrap to create an airtight seal. Once sealed, place the brushes in the fridge overnight. Pull them out of the fridge about thirty minutes before you plan to begin painting the next day, and they'll be ready to go!

Looking For A New House At The Lake? We Can Help!
If you're looking to buy a new house at the Lake of the Ozarks, let the team at The Property Shop At The Lake know! Our team of talented Lake of the Ozarks REALTORS® has the expertise and the skills you need to find a beautiful home for an affordable price. Contact us today to get started!

The Property Shop at the Lake
2086 Horseshoe Bend Parkway
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 693-1100
(573) 480-7760