If you have always dreamed of owning horses and you are ready to make your dreams come true, it important to understand what to look for in a property. Here are four questions to ask about each piece of land you consider.
1. How Many Acres Is the Property?
Equine experts recommend you have at least two acres for the first horse and an additional acre for every horse thereafter. Horses need plenty of room to roam and graze. Horses are herd animals, and they have a social structure within their group. This means they will establish a pecking order, just like chickens do.
This hierarchy determines everything from who gets to eat and drink first to who gets to mete out the discipline. Too many horses with too little resources will cause problems among the herd.
2. Does the Property Have a Stable?
While you can buy a piece of raw land without any improvements, it's far easier and often more cost-effective to buy a piece of property that has at least some of the improvements you need to raise horses.
If the property you are considering does have a horse stable, barn, or other outbuilding, you need to access its suitability as well as overall condition. A dilapidated stable that is better razed will only cost you time and money. Are the horse stalls in good condition? Where is the hayloft located? Is there plenty of space for a tack room to store saddles and all the other things horses require? Give careful consideration as to whether the current setup will meet your desires as well as your horses' needs.
3. Does the Property Have a Water Source?
Horses drink a lot of water every day. While most horse owners know part of their daily chores will involve ensuring they have plenty of fresh water, the job is much easier if there is another source on the land itself. Buying a horse property for sale that has a pond, small lake, stream, or river, will go a long way in reducing your work and increasing the horses' contentment level.
4. Does the Property Have Fences?
Fences are expensive. They are also absolutely necessary. A property without fences will require a lot of your time and money, and the larger your paddock is, the more expensive the fencing will be. If the property does have fencing, is it the right kind and in good shape? Simple barbed wire fencing is not appropriate for horses and can cause severe injuries.
Once you sign the sale contract with your listing agent, there's a good chance that things will start moving quickly. Your agent will want you to stage your home for the listing photos, open houses, and showings. If you've never experienced the staging process, you may not know exactly what to do or where to start. The information on this site will help you to not only understand what's expected of staging but also offer tips for you to maximize your efforts without investing a lot of time. I hope the information here makes your home sale process a little bit less confusing and a little easier to manage.