In today's hectic world, it can be difficult to manage your regular day-to-day routine. Looking for a new home? Where do you fit house-hunting into the mix? Open houses provide excellent opportunities to view what's available. But you can also schedule tour time with your Lake Havau real estate agent. With a little bit of pre-game organization, you'll be able to maximize your Havasu house-hunting time.

Don't have hours to spend looking at homes? Maximize your Havasu house-hunting time by doing a little homework and organizing first.

How to Maximize Your Havasu House-Hunting Time

Financing First

I've said this several times before. Before you begin your Havasu house-hunting, get your financing in place first. Are you self-employed? Is this your first home? Finding out what you can afford to purchase is extremely helpful. Before you fall in love with something out of your price range, talk to your lender about obtaining loan approval.

Separate "Must Haves" From "Wants"

What size home is ideal for your needs? How many bedrooms/bathrooms should it have? Is proximity to school important? Do you like to entertain? If so, perhaps a larger yard will be necessary. Don't want to a home with too much upkeep? A smaller property may be ideal. Do you work from home or want to expand your family soon? Look at more bedrooms instead of less. Then, only spend your time going to the open houses of properties that fit your "must haves" list.

Make a Plan of Attack

When deciding where to go first with your Havasu house-hunting, use their geographic locations to determine which ones to see first. Organize the properties you're interested in touring into smaller groups based on their location to each other. That minimizes your drive time, optimizing the number of homes you can see in one day. However, if you're really pressed for time, you might want to only see the top choices on your list. You decide what order of importance to place on each listing.

Take Lots of Photos and Notes

After a while, you'll find that one home blends into another. The more you see, the harder it is to distinguish one from another. Charge up your smartphone so you can take lots of pictures. Then, use your notes app or an old-fashioned pen and paper to write what you like and don't like about each property you see. Make sure you write the address down for each so you know which property you're talking about.

Go See Your Top Picks a Second Time

Finally, when you do your Havasu house-hunting, block out the last couple of hours of your day to go back to the homes you liked the most. Now, if this is your second or third weekend looking at houses, feel free to revisit homes you liked on your previous house-hunting excursions as well. This helps keep them fresh in your mind. You may find that you can cross some prospects off your list when you get a second look at them.

A little organization and some prep work can make your Havasu house-hunting run much smoother. You'll definitely get more "bang for your buck" by making a plan and sticking to it. When you have limited time, doing your homework first can be quite beneficial. Contact me when you're ready to start your search.

Suzan James, Havasu Realty, for all your Lake Havasu real estate needs