When looking at Lake Havasu homes, you utilize four of your five senses. You see what’s in front of you. Pay attention to smells (mold, pet dander, etc.). The tactile experience of touching the walls, floors, exterior elements. And hearing what goes on around you (neighborhood noises). Sight helps but may not be the most important factor. Why? Because some things can’t be seen with the naked eye. That’s why it’s important to ask a few buyer questions when you’re looking at a Lake Havasu home for possible purchase.
What Should I Focus On?
It’s very easy to get distracted by furnishings and accessories. But that’s just window dressing. When looking at a property with your Lake Havasu REALTOR®, ask them what areas you should be focusing on. They know how to look past the paint and powder and, instead, focus on the “bones” of the property. Some buyer questions you may not have thought about include is/are the main floor bathroom(s) insulated for sound? How much storage room do you have and where? Are there enough electrical outlets in each room to handle your needs? Is there enough room for your furniture to fit in the space provided? (It wouldn’t hurt to bring a measuring tape to find out.) Furnishings can be changed. These other things may not or they might cost some money to upgrade.
Did the Seller Renovate This House Themselves or Did They Get a Pro to Do It?
DIY shows rule the airwaves right now. And that’s great for many things. However, if the seller renovated the Havasu home themselves, you need to find out if they got permits for what they did. Otherwise, things may not be up to code. If something goes wrong in the future, your insurance company may not pay a claim on it. Your buyer questions should include asking your real estate agent to point out any questionable/shoddy workmanship they see. They may have a keener eye for this type of work because they see homes in all types of conditions every single day.
How Old Is/Are…?
Another important buyer question that needs answering is the age of various aspects of the house. Questions like how old are the appliances? When was the roofing installed? Has there ever been work done on the HVAC, plumbing or electrical systems? If so, when did it happen and what was done?
Has There Ever Been Any Flooding on the Property?
Just because you may not see any water stains doesn’t mean water hasn’t flooded the site. Have any water pipes burst in the neighborhood? Did the owner need to make repairs due to flooding? If so, what did they do? Ask to see receipts of any work performed to rectify water damage.
Why Haven’t You Updated/Renovated…?
Older Havasu homes may be in need of some updating. If the seller hasn’t performed any renovations before listing the house, some of your buyer questions might include asking why not? The cost might have been too prohibitive for them. Perhaps they wanted to create an open concept living space but the wall they needed to remove was load-bearing. Or maybe pipes, ductwork, and electrical wires needed to be rerouted in order to make it happen. This could have been more work (or money) than they were willing to put into the renovation.
Where are the Property Lines?
Over the years, property lines may get muddled. What appears to be part of your property may actually be the neighbor’s. Also, the yard may be plenty big enough to put an inground pool in but the land underneath won’t allow it. This could lead to problems down the road. Ask for an up-to-date property survey, if available. If it isn’t, you might want to invest in having one performed.
Yes, taking pictures helps you remember what a particular property looks like. But there’s more to a home than meets the eye. Make sure you bring along your REALTOR® and ask these buyer questions that you might not have thought about before. An informed buyer is a happy buyer.