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5 Questions to Ask Your Luxury Interior Designer

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When buying a luxury lake home, the first thing you’ll want to do is make it your own. Cue the skilled and specialized interior designer. Every luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks needs that extra spark that is best accomplished through a professional who knows how to pair colors and textures in just the right way. Before you know it, your home will speak volumes as to what you love, how you spend your time, and who you enjoy it with. Of course, first, you have to have an interior designer. If you haven’t chosen one, here are a few questions you should consider asking them before hiring them to re-style your million dollar lake home.


What is the Deciding Factor When Choosing Projects? You know what the deciding factor is for you hiring them, but what makes this designer want to work for you? As you learn how this designer evaluates your homes and your design needs, you’ll begin to learn if they are truly the right fit for your home. In the end, sometimes the best way to decide if a …

Buying Luxury Lake Homes with Berkshire Hathaway

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My name is Matt Schrimpf, and I am a certified Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Luxury Collection Specialist. Assisting you in purchasing your home should be a luxury experience, and I understand that this new home will be a part of your family’s history - the investment is significant. This is why I chose to work with and represent a company like Berkshire Hathaway. When buying a luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks, it’s essential to have the power of a world-class brand in your corner, and my affiliation with Berkshire Hathaway grants me access to the most up-to-date tools and connections. Combine that with my experience of the luxury market as well as my commitment to customer service, and you’ll find that buying a million dollar home at the Lake of the Ozarks can be an incredible experience. Here are a few details that make working with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Luxury Collection so incredible.


Representing Clients of Wealth When buying a Lake of the Ozark luxury home, you …

Soaking In Luxury

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There is one high-class space that you will always find in a luxury home at the Lake of the Ozarks - the luxury spa. A million dollar home isn’t complete without a decadent bathroom to relax in. These bathrooms are characterized by grand stonework, custom cabinets, and luxurious details (think towel warmers!). There is one thing, though, that you will always find in these spaces, and it’s a grand bathtub. World Bathtub Day comes up on October 7th, and there’s no better way to acknowledge it than by featuring the different types of bathtubs that you will find in million dollar homes at the Lake of the Ozarks.


A Freestanding Tub Freestanding tubs are an excellent option for any bathroom. They are easy to install if you want to replace the tub in your current home, and they make a beautiful statement. The faucet and drain are detached, so this provides the freedom to place this tub anywhere in your space.

Undermount This type of bathtub creates a beautiful line, as the bathtub is install…

Secrets to Staging Luxury Lake Homes

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If you’re ready to sell your million dollar lake home, I’m ready to help. One of the first steps you take to get it ready for the market is staging. The secret to staging is taking out anything that makes it feel too personal but arranging what’s left to create an impeccable design, and then filling in the gaps with newer items. When buyers are looking for luxury homes, they have incredible style and a list of things they want to get from a home. As your luxury home real estate agent at the Lake of the Ozarks, it’s my job to help you appeal to the perfect buyer. Here are a few interesting secrets to staging luxury homes.


Keep It Neutral Make sure you that you maintain color neutrality through the home. This will allow prospective buyers to visualize themselves in the home. This may not sound like a secret - but that doesn’t make it any less important. Buyers can sometimes be turned off by a home that has a bold style.

Stage Every Room Luxury homes require luxury staging. It’s importan…

Winterizing Your Luxury Boat Dock

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The luxury lake lifestyle isn’t complete without some big boats in your life. Every huge lake home comes complete with an incredible dock that is equipped to handle big boats, jet skis, and all of the accessories that go with that. That’s not all, though, these docks generally have places designed for eating and entertaining, sound systems to set the mood and every luxury item you can imagine. But when winter comes, what do you have to do to get these docks and their boats ready? Here are a few things to keep in mind as you have your dock prepared for winter.


Have the Boat Lift Inspected If you have a boat lift installed on your dock, it’s important to get it inspected routinely, but especially before winter. There are several businesses at the Lake who specialize in boat dock lifts, so find one that’s right for you, and bring them out to take a look. They’ll probably start by making sure that the lift is still holding air - and not leaking (bad news if your luxury boat was on it!). T…

5 Things Every Million Dollar Home Needs

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What goes into the making of a million dollar home? There are so many details that fill these gorgeous luxury homes at the Lake of the Ozarks. From home entertainment rooms to luxurious spa rooms, these homes have it all. Have you ever wondered what lies behind those large imported wood doors? Here are seven things that you'll find in those Million dollar homes at the Lake of the Ozarks.


Technology It should come as no surprise that any luxury Lake home is going to be filled with the best technology around. With just the touch of a button, your smartphone can lock your doors, control the climate in your house, adjust the lights, and even control the light system. Forget Alexa, million dollar homes are wired for the best on the market. These are built-in features, and all of the luxury home buyers are incorporating this into their home if it isn't already there. Wireless home automation devices are spot-on with the trends.

5-Star Kitchen This room isn't considered the heart…

3 Tips for Maintaining your Luxury Vacation Home in the Off-Season

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The good thing about a vacation home is that you always have a getaway when you need it.  The bad thing is that you're not always there to keep it looking in tip-top shape.  As the summer season is coming to a close, it is important to consider how you plan to maintain your home in the offseason so it is in perfect condition when you return next summer.

If you're considering purchasing a luxury waterfront home at the Lake of the Ozarks, or you're looking to sell your luxury vacation home at the Lake of the Ozarks, Matt Schrimpf is your Lake of the Ozarks real estate expert in luxury lake living.

1. Hire a property manager or caretaker One of the easiest and most effective ways to maintain your vacation home is by hiring someone to be there when you can't be.  Property management and caretaker companies range in price and services they offer.  A caretaker can do as little as simply stopping in every once in awhile to make sure everything looks okay and responding to the…