Thursday, March 30, 2017

Tips For Getting The Most Back On Your Security Deposit

Whether you've been in your Lake of the Ozarks rental for years or just a few months, when it comes time to move, you'll want to make sure you've done your part to ensure you get the most back from your initial security deposit. It's important to take care of your rental during the duration of your stay, but a lot can happen between the time you move in and the time you leave. While it's up to the owners of the rental units to decide if or how much of your deposit you get back, Keys to the Lake has a few tips on how to get the most back on your deposit when you move out of your rental at the Lake of the Ozarks.



Everywhere:
Take all nails and screws out of the walls and ceiling and putty them smoothly.
Dust the ceiling fixtures.
Dust all ledges.
Clean the windows.
Clean the door knobs and doors.
Clean all light switches and outlets.
Replace all burned out light bulbs throughout the entire property.
Clean the walls and baseboards.
Vacuum (get any stains out of the carpet, or get the carpet professionally cleaned).
Get rid of all cobwebs.

Bathroom:
Get soap scum off the bathroom tiles and tub/shower and bleach the grout.
Clean out the bathroom drawers and vanity, making sure you get all the hair out (and remove any liners).
Clean the toilet (bowl and exterior), sink, counter top and finally the floor (sweep and mop). If the toilet seat is unsavory looking, replace it.
Clean the mirror.
Vacuum out the surface of the exhaust fan if super dusty.

Kitchen:
Clean out all cabinets and liners.
Wash the front of the cabinets.
Clean and disinfect all counter tops.
Clean and shine up the sink and faucet.
Scrub the refrigerator inside and out. Remove all shelves and clean separately if necessary.
Scrub the oven inside and out. Remove shelving, drip pans and burners and clean separately if necessary.
Clean out the dishwasher if you have one.
Clean exhaust fan if needed.
Remove all appliances and sweep behind them.

Bedrooms/Living Room:
Dust, sweep, vacuum and mop these empty rooms.

Garage:
Should be completely empty and swept.

Outside: 
Cut the grass.
Pull the weeds.
Remove all of your stuff that might be stuck in the ground or hanging in trees.

Your security deposit can be just as much as your rent, so when it comes time to leave your Lake of the Ozarks rental, you'll want to spend a little extra time and work to make sure it's refunded to you. The first step in doing that is ensuring you leave your rental is spotless. Keys to the Lake is here for you every step of the way when you are looking for short-term or long-term rentals and the Lake of the Ozarks from finding you the perfect unit to being there for you when it's time to leave. When it comes time to buy a home at the Lake of Ozarks, our team of real estate agents can help you as well! To learn more about our services, call us at 573-964-5397.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fishing Tournaments at the Lake of the Ozarks

The Lake of the Ozarks has some of the best fishing not only in Missouri but in the Midwest. Whether you've been in hundreds of tournaments of you're a weekend angler, a fishing trip to the Lake of the Ozarks is perfect for any fishermen.  If you want to test your skills, here are several fishing tournaments that are being held at the Lake of the Ozarks throughout the summer.

Alhonna Early Bird Open Buddy Bass Tournament

Alhonna Resort's Annual Early Bird Open Buddy Bass Tournament is a 2-day bass tournament with 100% payback of all entry fees. The Tournament entry fee includes a complimentary breakfast at 6:00 AM each morning for tournament participants at Bobber's Restaurant at Alhonna Resort.

When: March 25 - 26
Where: Alhonna Resort
Time: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament

Bass Pro Shops Crappie Masters Tournament trail comes to Lake of the Ozarks April 16. This event sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Mercury Motors and Captain Ron's is a one-day tournament. For more details, visit their website.

When: April 15
Where: Captain Ron's Bar & Grill
Fishing Hours: 7:00 AM - 3:30 PM

Spring Big Bass Bash

The Big Bass Bash is a bass tournament designed for amateurs only. It's uniquely formatted for weekend anglers to get a chance to win big money just like the professionals. Unlike most fishing tournaments, which have a team arrangement where prizes are based on total weight, the Big Bass Bash format is distinctive in that it only takes one fisherman with just one big bass to win.

When: April 22 - 23
Where: Lake of the Ozarks State Park
Time: 6:30 AM - 3:00 PM each day

"Catch a Vet" Charity Fishing Tournament

The AT&T Veterans St. Louis/Metro East and Missouri West Chapters invite you to the upcoming "Catch a Vet" charity fishing tournament. Proceeds from the event go to benefit Gold Star College for Kids. Gold Star helps children who have lost a parent in combat. This is a team tournament at Lake of the Ozarks State Park Public Beach #2. Dinner and Auction will immediately follow the tournament at the Elks Lodge. Call Gary Hollern at 314-562-2001 or email garyh@heavensanglers.com for more details.

When: May 20
Where: Elks Lodge
Time: 6:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Kids Fishing Derby

The 6th Annual Derby for both boys and girls 2 - 14 years of age. There will be 4 fishing age groups and prizes for everyone. Bait will be provided, and there's plenty of room for lots of kids. Please provide a lifejacket and rod and reel for you kids. A parent or guardian must be with the child participating. Call Lake West Chamber at 573-374-5500 for more information.

When: September 17
Where: Captain Ron's
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM

Book Your Fishing Trip Today!

If you are needing a place to stay at the Lake of the Ozarks during your fishing trip, check out Keys to the Lake! We have a variety of different vacation homes at the Lake of the Ozarks, so whether you are planning a fishing trip with all your friends or you're going solo, we have the right place for you. Visit www.KeysToTheLake.com to view what homes and condos we have available.

"We don't aspire to be the largest company in the region. Rather, we are determined to be the best at what we do!" ~ Mark Krantz, Owner

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Escape Room Comes To Lake Of The Ozarks

From golfing and boating to mini golf and go-karting, the Lake of the Ozarks is filled with fun activities to enjoy while on vacation. There will soon be another great addition to add to this list - Lake Escape! Experience something completely unique to the Lake area with Lake Escape, opening April 6. If you want to add some adventure and excitement into your Lake of the Ozarks vacation, read on to learn more about the newest addition to the Bagnell Dam Strip.


What Is An Escape Room?

An Escape Room is your chance to test your skills at clue-seeking, problem-solving and critical thinking. Every room is different and has its own experience. The point of the Escape Room is to take you out of your element and see if you have what it takes to escape! You cannot rely on just one person, you must work together to create the ultimate escape plan and beat the clock.

Lake Escape is Lake of the Ozarks' first, live action escape room. Each team has 60 minutes to work together to crack the codes, find clues and solve the puzzles to achieve one goal - to escape the room! Join friends, family or co-workers as you work together and channel your inner sleuth.

The Rooms

Each room at Lake Escape is unique and has its own experience. You may be wondering if the rooms are scary. None of the rooms are scary. Each room has a different theme and they are created for a problem-solving experience, not like a haunted house. Lake Escape has three different rooms you and your team can escape from once they open in April.

 Lost at Sea

"Yo ho, mateys … ye’ve been caught taking extra rations of the captain’s favorite rum. There’s no place in a pirate crew for untrustworthy, unsavory, unkempt, thieves … such as ye be. Captain has ordered that the lot of ye be placed in the belly of the ship until we can prepare the plank and give ye all the old heave-ho! Don’t even think about escape! Since the Jolly Roger set sail, nary a knave has been cunning enough to escape the brig and cheat Davy Jones!"

Fire Escape

"What’s that incessant beeping sound? Who turned off the AC? And where’s that smoke … wait … SMOKE? As the alarm chirps and firefighters bang on the door, you find yourselves already behind the ball and almost out of time. The rest of the resort has been evacuated, but you just had to go and spring for the top floor view. The flames are creeping closer and the easy way out is blocked. You’ll have to be resourceful as a group, firefighter and vacationer alike if you want to escape the suite and beat the heat!"

Water Wall

"In 1931, to avoid bad omens, engineers on the Bagnell Dam canceled the installation of a 13th floodgate. Though permanently walled off, rumors have always insisted on the existence of a secret workshop, hidden away by a reclusive member of the original engineering team. For you and your team, today will turn out not to be just another dam tour, but a race against the clock, to save not only yourself but the entire lake. With 60 minutes until the culmination of a zealous plan, will you have what it takes to Escape the Lake?"


About The Owners

Thor, Evan and Drew are the owners of Lake Escape. In addition to running Lake Escape, all three owners also have other full-time jobs. Thor is a paramedic, Evan is a Firefighter and Drew works for Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group. The owners all love escape rooms and they thought it would be a fantastic addition to the Lake. The Strip has many bars and restaurants, but not many family-friendly attractions. All three are happy to bring a family-friendly addition back to The Strip.

Visit the Lake of the Ozarks

If you are wanting to plan a vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks, contact Keys to the Lake at 573-964-5397. We have several vacation rentals in Lake Ozarks that are close to The Bagnell Dam Strip and the new Lake Escape. We would love to help you plan the perfect Lake of the Ozarks vacation!

"We don't aspire to be the largest company in the region. Rather, we are determined to be the best at what we do!" ~ Mark Krantz, Owner

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Four Tan Tar A Homes To Enjoy Your Lake Vacation In

When you stay with Keys to the Lakes in any of our Tan Tar A Estates vacation homes, we strive to provide you with many different room options. The homes feature the "Main Suite" which includes the Kitchen, Living Area, and the Master Bedroom and Bath. We also offer additional bedrooms in each home that have their own locking door as well as their own full bath, so your guests can have their own private space, or the lockout door can be left open to provide more of a 2 bedroom suite option. Here are just a few of our Tan Tar A Estates vacation homes at the Lake of the Ozarks you can stay in during your trip.


6820 Waterscape
This beautiful Tan Tar A Estates Lake view home features 5 bedrooms and 5.5 bathrooms and has recently been updated. This home boasts plenty of room for your entire group to live comfortably while visiting the Lake of the Ozarks. The master bedroom offers a king and queen bed, the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th bedrooms offer two queen sized beds each and the 5th bedroom offers a  king and queen sized bed. Together you can comfortably sleep up to 22 people. Each bedroom offers a full bath. There are three levels of outdoor open air decks with a screened in area directly off the living room with an adjoining gas grill. The middle deck offers an inviting hot tub that's perfect for relaxing.



6932 Tall Cedar Ridge
This beautiful 3 bedroom Lakeview home has recently been renovated. This home has it all, including a large hot tub just outside the master suite. The master suite offers a king bed and the second and third bedrooms offer two queen beds each. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, cable TV and DVD player. There is also a queen sofa sleeper in the living room, which makes it comfortable to sleep up to 12 people. This home features two open air decks with a gas grill and screened in patio, which offers plenty of outdoor space to enjoy during your Lake vacation.



7275 Hopetown
This recently renovated and tastefully decorated 3 bedroom Lake view home is the perfect place to enjoy your vacation. The master suite is appointed with a king bed and the other two bedrooms are appointed with two queen beds each. The third bedroom also has a day bed for children, which makes it easy to sleep up to 12 people. This home features a deck with a gas grill and hot tub, which is the perfect place for the whole family to get together.



6569 Bent Shadow
Beautifully updated and decorated modern home in Tan Tar A Estates. This 3 bedroom home is one of the newest homes in the area. Everything you need is already here, so just bring your bags and have a great time. This home is just as charming on the inside as it is on the outside. The living room features vaulted ceilings and a modern fireplace, which makes you feel like you're at home. With the 3 bedrooms, this home can comfortably sleep up to 10 people, and with 4 bathrooms there are plenty of room for everyone to have their own personal space. After a long day on the lake, you can sit and relax on the large screened in porch and enjoy the view of the 7th fairways of the Hidden Oaks Golf Course.



Tan Tar A Estates offers two outdoor swimming pools, lake access and Hidden Lakes Golf Course running throughout. The Resort offers an Indoor Water Park, several Restaurants & Lounges and Specialty Gift Shops which adjoin the Estates. Our Tan Tar A vacation homes have plenty to offer so feel free to book any home with confidence. If you need help booking your vacation to the Lake of the Ozarks, contact Keys to the Lake at 573-964-5397.

"We don't aspire to be the largest company in the region. Rather, we are determined to be the best at what we do!" ~ Mark Krantz, Owner

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Lake of the Ozarks - A Golfers Paradise!

The Lake of the Ozarks is a wonderful place to plan your next vacation, but it can be even more thrilling for golfers. While the entire summer season is a great time to grab the clubs and hit the green, one of the best times to go golfing at the Lake of the Ozarks is during the spring. The weather is perfectly cool, the sunshine is bright, and Daylight Savings has started so you can golf long into the evenings. Here are a few courses you'll want to make sure and try your hand at, as well as a few reasons why!


Bear Creek Valley

910 Highway 42
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Bear Creek Valley
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The Cove at The Lodge of Four Seasons

315 Four Seasons Dr.
Village of Four Seasons, MO 65049

The Golf Course at Deer Chase 

770 Deer Chase Rd.
Linn Creek, MO 65052

Hidden Lakes at Tan-Tar-A Resort

494 Tan Tar A Estates Boulevard
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Lake Valley Golf Club

367 C.C. Blair Drive
Camdenton, MO 65020

Old Kinderhook Golf Resort

20 Eagle Ridge Road
Camdenton, MO 65020

Osage National
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Osage National Golf Resort

400 Osage Hills Road
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

The Ridge at The Lodge of Four Seasons

170 Seasons Ridge Road
Lake Ozark, MO 65049

The Oaks Course at Tan-Tar-A Resort

1524 State Road KK
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Dogwood Hills Golf Ridge

1226 State Road KK
Osage Beach, MO 65065

Golfing Excursions at the Lake of the Ozarks

There are are many reasons why Lake of the Ozarks is the Midwest's premier golf destination. There are courses designed by Arnold Palmer, Tom Weiskopf, Fred Farley, Ken Kavanaugh, Robert Trent Jones Sr., Jack Nicklaus and Von Hagge/Devlin. In addition, the natural beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks makes the courses spectacular. From course carved out of rock bluffs to courses that sit on the shores of the glistening Lake, these courses are sure to make your golfing experience truly unforgettable.


Best Vacation Rentals at the Lake of the Ozarks

At Keys to the Lake, we take pride in providing you and your golfing buddies or family with a Lake of the Ozarks vacation rental that feels like home. Our condos come stocked with the necessities you will need to ensure a great vacation, and our team is always here to help you when you have questions. We don't just provide you with a great vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks, we provide you with the Keys to the Lake!

"We don't aspire to be the largest company in the region. Rather, we are determined to be the best at what we do!" ~ Mark Krantz, Owner

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