Tuesday, January 17, 2017

The Importance of Winter Curb Appeal

When buyers are house hunting, the first thing they typically view are pictures of your home. If these images interest them they may even take a drive past your property. Savvy sellers know that curb appeal is a key tool to finding a buyer more quickly, and Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks has some guidelines for sprucing up this viewing angle. Money spent on improving your home's exterior and landscaping is among the smartest investments prior to placing your home on the market. Here are a few ways to transform your home and capture the attention of potential buyers.

What Makes Curb Appeal Important to Buyers?

When buyers approach a well maintained home front it can help pave the way for a successful interior viewing. When a home's exterior and landscaping are well taken care of, people may feel that the interior will also be in good shape. Driveways and walkways that are well maintained and artfully presented greet potential buyers as soon as they step out of their vehicles, serving as a positive first impression.

Curb Appeal is Important in the Winter

Trees and shrubs that lose their leaves can be unattractive if allowed to affect landscaping and lawns. During the winter, when snow and ice might prove to be a problem, it is essential to maintain driveways and walkways carefully. Ensure that you consider this when selecting trees to plant near driveways, and keep leaves in check year round. To elevate your curb appeal during winter, keep windows washed and consider power washing decks, sidewalks and siding. 

Follow These Tips for Creating Curb Appeal

  • Ensure that the yard and landscaping is neat, tidy, and well-maintained. Choose options that flatter the home. Freshly pruned vegetation illustrates careful attention to detail.
  • Remove flowering plants that are past their prime. Trim back seasonal plants and remove wilted or fallen leaves. Keep up with mulch and position potted plants in an attractive style. 
  • Control growth of large trees to optimize light and safety of the home and surrounding buildings and property. Remove debris under trees daily, if needed.
  • Pay close attention to the front door and garage doors, including paint or stain condition and color, hardware and details. Consider adding seasonal decorations like a wreath or potted plants near the door. 
  • Assess and improve the driveway and walkways to and around the home.
  • Pressure wash the exterior of your home and ensure the gutters and roof are clean.
  • Ensure the lighting by doors and pathways is stylish and helps your home stand out day or evening.
  • Clean and repair windows and screens. Window treatments should be clean and in working order.
  • Check the condition of your decks and make improvements if needed. Create an inviting space on decks and patios by keeping them clean.
When listing a home, there are several things motivated sellers can do to improve the curb appeal of their home. By improving the exterior and landscaping around the home, the marketing images will look their best and potential buyers will appreciate the the effort. If selling your home is a goal, let Fran Campbell Team guide you through the process. Our team of professionals has the experience and resources to help you make the sale! Contact our office at (573) 302-2390.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

5 New Year Home Maintenance Tips

At the beginning of a new year, it can be a good idea to assess your home and evaluate its condition. Let your home's appliances and systems be your guide as you take notes of possible home improvements and updates that could help get your home running more smoothly. Fran Campbell Team knows houses inside and out and are your specialists in all things "home." Listed below are some home systems and details to evaluate in the new year to keep you home well-maintained and operating efficiently.


Missouri weather can take its toll on a home's HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) system. January is the perfect month to replace disposable filters or wash permanent ones in your home's system. Filters should be replaced or washed regularly. Heat vents are susceptible to dust, dirt, pet hair and other particles that float through the air, vacuuming the vents and ducts helps to keep your home's HVAC system clean and free of indoor pollutants. As you tend to your system, check for any leaks in your home's air ducts. 

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors are important safety features of your home. Checking alarms and detectors is especially important when cold temperatures in the winter leave homes sealed up for long periods of time. Inspect, clean and test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, and be sure to replace any that are faulty, no longer working or old. 

Fire Extinguishers

Don't overlook this important tool during your yearly maintenance check. January is a great time to inspect and charge any working fire extinguishers you have in your home. Fire extinguishers should also be placed in all accessible areas of the home, including the kitchen, garage and areas that house furnaces, boilers, fireplaces and stoves. 

Drafty Windows and Leaky Electrical Outlets

With the chill of winter setting in, finding and repairing the weak points in your home will help keep your home warm and could help reduce the cost of heating, as well. Identify any windows that may have broken seals and examine electrical outlets throughout your home. Insulate any drafts you find.

Cold Weather Equipment & More

Living in the Midwest means the possibility of inclement weather is serious. If you haven't done so already, make sure you have proper snow removal equipment and have alternative energy options in case of power outages. January is also a great month for reviewing warranties and product information on a furnace, large appliances, and any other large systems in your home.

You want to focus on preventative maintenance not only to save you money and keep your home safe, but to protect the investment in your home. Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks are your professional real estate advisers and want to help you maintain your lake home. With the new year, getting a head start on yearly to dos, and anticipating yearly maintenance, will put you ahead of the issues and have you prepared for any upcoming unforeseen fixes. 

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Staging Tips For Sellers

A new year has arrived, which means one of the most important seasons for selling will soon be here. When selling your home or property, attracting full price offers is always a top priority and Fran Campbell Team RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks has the experience to help you do just that! In addition to securing the best real estate agents in the lake area, a properly staged home can be an asset in drawing in offers. Here are some staging tips to help you prepare your home for the market

Enhance Your Entry

The first impression is important, and most likely, the curb appeal of your home will set the tone of the entire showing. Utilize the entry by updating the front door. If there are blemishes, consider covering them with a fresh coat of paint and change out or clean the hardware. After tidying up the entry, create a welcoming entrance by adding some potted plants and a welcome mat. 

Clean Out Clutter

If you have stuff creeping out of the closets or piling up on the kitchen counter, it could be a turn-off to potential buyers. When it comes to clutter, kick it to the curb (but don't leave it there, be sure to dispose of all trash). A good rule of thumb is, if you haven't used it in three months, box it up. If you haven't used it in a year, part with it. Your rooms may look or feel empty to you, but many buyers like to imagine their own decor and style in a home they are considering. 

Move Furniture

Once you've moved out the clutter, assess the furniture in your home. To help make your rooms look bigger, bring furniture off the walls and arrange your pieces to maximize space. Try moving pieces around to create a fresh look. Keep in mind, clear pathways are important.

Light it up

Natural light can make rooms look more inviting and warm. Take a look at your window coverings and ask yourself if they are dated or too heavy. If you have a great view of our beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, you'll want to show it off! Also, take a look at your light switches. Are they old, dingy or broken? Replacing your light switches can be a small detail that doesn't go unnoticed. 

Convert the Junk Room

Do you have a space in your home designated for the items that are used infrequently? You want to ensure your rooms haven't lost their identity. Re-purpose a junk/clutter room into something that will add value to the house. Think, exercise room or additional guest room. 

Add Art and Accessories

We mentioned, removing the clutter, and that's important, but so is adding the right accents. Adding art to drab walls can add character and charm to your home. Plants, real or silk can add depth and sophistication to your rooms. Try emulating something you've seen and liked in a magazine by layering accessories of varied heights and widths. 

Fran Campbell Team wants to help you maximize your property to ensure the highest selling price in the shortest amount of time. Follow these basic staging guidelines and you're already ahead of the game. If selling your home in 2017 is on your to-do list, call Fran Campbell Team today at 573-302-2390 and list your home with the #1 real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Renovation Tips to Make That Sale in 2017

A new year is fast approaching and if you're like many homeowners hoping to sell in 2017, you may be considering a few home upgrades to draw in potential buyers. The Fran Campbell Team knows that some simple home renovations may be exactly what you need to perk up your property. Our experienced real estate agents understand that your primary goal is obtaining the best price for your home and we have some suggestions to help you renovate to sell in the new year. 

Prioritize and Focus on High Traffic Areas in Your Home

When you make the decision to remodel your home's interior, focus your efforts on updating areas where traffic is high. This means, target entryways, kitchens, bathrooms and even stairways. These are the areas that often suffer from the most wear and tear and can make lasting impressions on potential buyers. In kitchens and bathrooms, consider new counter tops, sinks and fixtures. If new cabinetry is in the budget, the fresh look won't go unnoticed.

From Floor to Ceiling - What Do YOU See?

You may not notice the scuffs and bruises that blemish your walls from day to day, but buyers usually do. Brighten your walls with a fresh coat of paint - you'll notice the difference immediately. It's a good idea to walk through your home, beginning from the front door, noting needed improvements. Curb appeal is important, consider a few exterior repairs to help transform your home. Your goal is to make positive initial impressions and create a positive environment for the buyer. 

To Replace or to Re-purpose?

Keep in mind, it isn't always necessary to add new expensive materials in an effort to update your property. It may be possible to refinish or re-purpose things like, hardwood floors or existing cabinets. Depending on your home, remember, buyers often admire homes for their potential and imagine themselves doing certain updates as well. Do what makes sense and do it as best as possible. Unfinished renovations can be a turn off to buyers who want a turn-key style home.   

Give Your Home a Face-lift With an Exterior Renovation

If your home is sagging in a few places, a new facade may be exactly what you need to add appeal and lure in buyers. There are many options to choose from when considering a new exterior material, think: siding, wood shakes, stone, stucco. A new exterior may be exactly what you need to bring in a few more dollars on your sale price. If your exterior is wood, a fresh coat of paint may be worth much more than the initial investment - neutral color schemes are always a safe bet when hoping to sell. 

Structural Security - Make Your Home Safe

Buyers and inspectors will be looking carefully at your home. You'll want to make any appropriate repairs to your home's foundation and general structural integrity. It may be advisable to invite a renovation team with experience in this area to give your place a good safety inspection. 

A Little Extra can go a Long Way

Most of us know that living at the Lake of the Ozarks means enjoying the summer to the fullest. Outdoor living space can be a great addition to your home if you have the space and can add value to your home. A stylish outdoor kitchen and patio with plumbing and electric can create a wonderful area for entertaining. The possibilities are limitless where outdoor living is concerned - depending on your space limitations. At the Lake, an outdoor lifestyle is important to many and a complete outdoor entertainment area could be a great selling point.
When your home is renovated and ready to sell, The Fran Campbell Team is your choice agency to list your property and get it sold! Our client's satisfaction is our primary goal and we work tirelessly to achieve a positive outcome for you. Consider making some smart home renovations then contact Fran Campbell Team, the Lake of the Ozark's premier real estate team - Let's work together to sell that house!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Organize Your Kitchen For The Holidays

It's that time of year again! Friends, family and guests travel near and far to visit their loved ones, and if your house is the warm and cozy destination of the season, you may have a lofty to-do list. It's possible you've been scheduling your meal planning and working on the holiday decor for weeks but there's something more you can do to help destress before the droves arrive. People generally congregate in the kitchen, which means one of the busiest places in your home is about become even busier!  To help you prepare for all the holiday traffic your kitchen is about to encounter Fran Campbell Team - RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks is here with a few easy ways to declutter and help make the festivities smooth sailing. 

Clear Out Unused Or Unneeded Items

We typically do this as the seasons roll around, think "Spring Cleaning" but it's easy to find your kitchen with excess items this time of year. Now is a great time to give your kitchen a once over and evaluate what items, food or otherwise, you might be able to do without. Still holding onto some ancient plates and mismatched bowls? If you haven't used it in a year, chances are, you don't need it. The Lake of the Ozarks has several centers accepting donations of gently used items, and a food bank that would be eager to accept unopened food that hasn't expired. Consider donating your unneeded items, and make room for the delights of the season.

Move Small Appliances Out Of The Way

Is your countertop cluttered with appliances you rarely use? If your blender has a permanent spot on the counter but you haven't actually blended anything in ages, you may be able to find a place for it in the pantry or under the stairs for the time being. Clearing your kitchen countertops of appliances that aren't used daily, you'll find yourself with more room for holiday food prep, baking and entertaining.

Pots And Pans Can Be Hung

You've probably seen it in home decor and styling magazines or possibly in homes you admire - a hanging pot rack might be just what your kitchen needs to free up your cabinet and drawer space. Pots and pans can be hung along the rod system above your island (if you have one) and not only is it convenient, it can be a great aesthetic complement to your space. 

Have You Seen Portable Islands?

If your home is a special place that people love to come for the holidays then chances are, guests bring a selection of food and beverages. Portable islands or, rolling carts as they're sometimes called, are a great addition to a crowded kitchen this time of year. You'll love to stock it with drinks, glasses, snacks and general party supplies. Whether you need a designated bar area or a little extra counter space, a cart can be a life saver.

Organize Your Cabinets And Drawers

Once you've got your game plan and you've removed the excess items from your cabinets and drawers, it's a good idea to organize your space. Keep the items you use often at close hand and put the things you may not need over the holidays towards the back. You can add trays, shelving and dividers where necessary and watch the efficiency improve.

Whether you've got guests rolling in for the holidays or your kitchen could simply use a bit of attention, consider these tips from your favorite real estate group, Fran Campbell Team. If you haven't found your dream home, our experienced real estate team is ready to help you close the deal on any lake area property. Give our office a call at (573) 302-2390.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How To Host An Amazing House Warming Party

After the home buying journey ends and the furniture is moved in and the boxes are unpacked, it's time to celebrate! Fran Campbell Team - RE/MAX Lake of the Ozarks shares some suggestions for hosting your housewarming party, from planning to thanking your guests. Our team's mission is to help you find that perfect property and strive to be the most professional real estate team at the Lake of the Ozarks. For all your real estate needs, trust the experienced agents at Fran Campbell Team. If you're ready to throw a housewarming party follow these steps!

Make a Plan and Set a Date

Choose your party time and type ahead of time. While most people tend to choose casual drinks and light bites, anything goes. Keep in mind, the Lake of the Ozarks is home to some amazing restaurants that will shock and awe your guests with their delicious catering options. Decide whether your event will be during the daytime or evening. You may want to open your home up for friends to come and go throughout the day or if your circle is a bit smaller, a more elaborate dinner party may better suite you. The size and scope of your party will dictate how early you will need send invites and start prepping.

Invitations are Important

With lots of great paperless invitation options, you can save paper and still keep things sophisticated. Don't forget to include a way to RSVP so you can be prepared for the big day (or night). If you're planning on a large crowd you may consider sending invitations out at least three weeks in advance - don't forget to invite your new neighbors, it's a great way to break the ice and make new friends!

Food for the Crowd

From the selection to the style to the serving station, there's a lot to think about when it comes to food for a crowd. Plot out your menu in advance, ensuring you have the right mix of easy to pick-up, dip, or scoop options. You may want to avoid trying new or complex recipes as they could lead to difficulties in the kitchen - keep it simple yet delicious. Like we mentioned before, if your budget allows, catering a spread is a fabulous option, too.

Plan a Party Playlist

Great music is essential when throwing a great party. Create a mix of old favorites and new beats to please the whole crowd. If your home is multi-level you can create a different playlist for each level. Guests will gravitate toward their musical styling and appreciate the choice. Turn up the music before the guests arrive to put you in the party mood!

Don't Forget Fragrance

Light some candles to set the ambiance and make your home smell delicious. Choose a scent that is warm and welcoming. An inviting scent will make the guests feel right at home, and that's your goal after all. During the holidays, try boiling some cinnamon sticks on the stove to make your home feel warm and cozy.

It's Your Party - Have Fun!

You know what they say, don't sweat the small stuff. We know you want to host the perfect party, but it's possible that something or some things will cause bumps along the way but don't let it bother you. In the spirit of celebrating your new home, relax and have fun! You might want to delegate duties to friends or family so you have time to document the party with photographs and give home tours to groups throughout the event. 

Thank Your Guests

Thank your guests for coming to your housewarming party as they leave that evening then again with a handwritten note. Personalized thank you notes are elegant and courteous and chances are, some guests brought gifts - they will especially appreciate the old-fashioned gesture. 

Once Fran Campbell Team has helped you find and purchase your dream home, you'll want to show it off to friends and family. If you follow these steps, you're sure to throw an amazing housewarming party. When your friends ask, who sold you your beautiful home, mention the talented agents at Fran Campbell Team

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Enjoying the Holiday's at The Lake of the Ozarks

'Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer and that's exactly what Fran Campbell Team want to do for you! Lake of the Ozarks is a hot spot for family fun in the summer but for those year-round homeowners and visitors, the lake is a wonderfully spirited place in December, too. If holiday adventure is what you're looking for, search no further, your favorite real estate team has some seasonal suggestions to help you and yours celebrate the holidays in your own backyard. No matter how you choose to celebrate the holiday, we hope you have an amazing time with your family and friends!

Drive-Through Holiday Light Parks

There's something truly irresistible about Christmas lights, no matter what age you are. The Lake of the Ozarks is home to four drive-through holiday light parks where you and your family can enjoy beautiful holiday light displays from the comfort and warmth of your vehicle. Whether you choose to visit one or all four of them, we're sure your whole family will love these beautiful displays.

Osage Beach Holiday Lights
Now through December 31, 2016
Osage Beach City Park
Open nightly

St. Patrick's Festival Of Lights
Now through January 1, 2017
Shrine of St. Patrick / Mother's Shrine in Laurie
Open nightly from 6:00 - 10:00 PM

Versailles City Of Lights
Now through January 1, 2017
Versailles City Park
Open nightly from dusk until midnight

Enchanted Village of Lights
Now through January 1, 2017
Laurie Fairgrounds
Open nightly from 5:00 - 9:00 PM (10:00 PM on the weekends)

Donations are greatly appreciated at most of these locations, but admission is free to each of these four parks.

Frosty Float

The Celebration Cruise boat is a Lake of the Ozarks staple and this season it's setting sail for a great cause. In collaboration with KRMS 93.5 the event proceeds will benefit local organization, Children's Learning Center. Attendees will go on a magical journey, cruising the Lake of the Ozarks and celebrating the season. Children and adults alike will enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, Christmas carols and beautiful Christmas light displays. Santa will make an appearance with special gifts for the kids! 

Cruises depart on December 11 & 18th at 4 PM and sail for two hours. Tickets are $20  and you'll want to grab yours now, there are a limited supply of tickets available for each cruise. Click here to purchase tickets or visit www.CruiseLakeoftheOzarks.com.  

Lake Ozark Christmas Parade

Parades and Christmas are like pumpkin pie and whip cream, they just go together! The Lake of the Ozarks Christmas Parade presents "Christmas Through The Years" Saturday, December 10th at 3:00 PM. Celebrate the holiday season at the annual Christmas parade along the historic Bagnell Dam Strip. The Lake Ozark Christmas Parade will line up at the HH & Bagnell Dam Blvd. intersection and will proceed down Bagnell Dam Blvd. toward the Dam. Immediately following the parade, Santa will greet kids and families for a bonfire at the top of Bagnell Dam Strip at Two Bit Town. Children and adults will enjoy hot cocoa, coffee and refreshments while they listen to Christmas carols. 

Merry Christmas From Fran Campbell Team!

The Lake Area is truly a remarkable place to live year-round. If you are thinking about relocating to the Lake of the Ozarks, give us a call! One of our Lake Ozark realtors would be honored to help you find your dream home at the Lake of the Ozarks. In the meantime, we hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas!

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