Let's face it. We all live pretty busy lives. Between work, family, and extra-curricular activities, our days are full. Where will you find the time to look for a new Havasu home? You'll want to maximize your house-hunting efforts as much as possible to make the best use of your time. Therefore, keep the following house-hunting "must do" list in mind when you're on the lookout for your next property.

Make the search for your next Lake Havasu home a little less stressful by following my handy house-hunting "must do" list.

House-Hunting "Must Do" List

Money, Money, Money

Search Lake Havasu homes for saleIn any business transaction, money reigns supreme. Thus, the very first item on your house-hunting "must do" list is to get pre-approved for a mortgage loan. This checks off two important boxes. First of all, it helps you decide on a budget. Knowing that you're already approved for a certain amount helps you narrow the focus on which Havasu homes to look at. It would be heartbreaking to have your sights set on your dream home only to find out later that your lender won't approve you for the necessary amount. Secondly, a pre-approval letter added to an offer makes you stand out from other buyers that didn't think that far ahead.

Set Your Limit

Next up on your house-hunting "must do list": budget. Now that you know what you're approved for, you can set the maximum amount of money you'd like to spend. A crucial thing to keep in mind is that you don't have to spend the max amount. One critical thing to factor into your budgeting process is your lifestyle. If you love to travel or have expensive hobbies, you want to make sure that those things that give you pleasure in your life continue on after you own a Havasu home. You don't want to be tied into a mortgage so large that it prohibits you from enjoying life outside your humble abode.

Hire the Right Real Estate Agent

Whether this is your first house or your seventh, the home buying process creates a lot of stress. You need somebody at your side, finding what you want, and fighting for the best price. So the next item on your house-hunting "must do" list is to hire yourself a real estate agent. Ask your friends, family, and neighbors for recommendations. Go to open houses to talk to the real estate agents there. Read online reviews for various agents in your area.  Interview several people before you determine which one is the right one for you.

Look Past the Paint and Powder

Finally, the last item on your house-hunting "must do" list: style. We all have different tastes. Don't get hung up on the ugly paint or horrible carpet you see in a Havasu home. These are easily changed out. Things that can't be easily changed (if at all) are the location, size, and utility costs.

‚ÄčSuzan James, Havasu Realty, for all your Lake Havasu real estate needs