Preparing Your Pennsylvania Horse Property or Farm to Sell
The time has come to put your farm or horse property on the market to sell. From past experience, you know what is required to have the house ready, such as decluttering, making repairs, etc. But what do you do to get the farm ready?
The make a good first impression of the farm, there are some immediate improvements that can be made to the horse property to boost the curb appeal to potential buyers, such as:
- Keep areas neat and trimmed to make a favorable first impression. Begin with the basics by planting some flowers and various plants. Do remember to keep poisonous plants to horses away from the horses for safety.
- Mow pastures and fence lines, as well as making necessary repairs to the fencing. It makes sense to replace or paint aging fencing for maximum appeal.
- Make sure exterior and interior waterers are clean and in working condition. It is best to have everything in working order. Repair non-working units or remove if too costly. Place all weather footing around the waterers and high-traffic, mud-prone areas to improve looks.
- Make the barn's exterior look as nice as the house. Do minor siding fixes, repair trims, doors, etc. Repair or replace broken windows, fix the sagging gutters, paint the aisle entry doors and grease up the hardware.
- Clean the interior of the barn. Make sure all the lighting works and is bright. Replace bulbs and lights if needed. Horse people tend to spend a lot of time at the barn, therefore it is important to do the basic house (or barn) keeping.
- Stalls to be kept in good shape. Make sure the rubber stall mats are in good shape, replacing them if needed. The footing should be level with no drainage issues. Prior to a showing, muck out stalls and add fresh bedding.
- Make sure stall doors open smoothly and are in good shape.
- Declutter and clean the tack room. It should be neat, with everything in it's place, smelling like leather and oil rather than manure. Hang a few horse photos and/or ribbons on the walls. Clean the hardware, floors and walls. Thoroughly clean or replace the cabinets. Organize the room and make it look functional.
The next step would be to complete projects that will add value to the property. Put yourself in the Buyers shoes and look at the farm as though you were going to buy it. What would be necessary to have done in order to attract the right Buyer and have them move their horses right in.
- Repave the driveway if it is in very poor condition. The entrance is the very first impression of the property, therefore, it is important to have it look its best.
- Replace fencing. Upon entering the horse property the fencing and gated entrance say a lot about the farm.
- Repair or re-roof the existing barn roof if leaking. A leaking roof is a huge turnoff to a Buyer. If repairs will alter the aesthetics of the roof, then consider re-roofing.
- Paint or re-side the barn. This will add value and attractiveness to the building.
- Thoroughly clean the stalls. Scrub or steam clean the stall walls, doors, feeders, mats, windows, etc. Consider cleaning out the feed and storage areas.
- Resurface the barn aisle. This area gets daily heavy traffic.
- Replace or rework the main barn doors. The doors will make a first impression of the barn to anyone looking. It is best to have them in good working order and looking good.
- Improve the ventilation. Proper ventilation is important to the health of the horses and animals. Make sure the vents and eaves are functional and not blocked by improperly installed siding or bird nests.
Other things that can be done are to make repairs or improvements to run-in sheds, equipment sheds, round pens, walkers, etc. If there is an old shed that is ready to fall down or it is full of wasp nests, take care of it. These items can be addressed without making any expensive renovations.
Check your area to see what other horse properties are selling for. This will help guide your decision as to what improvements to make before selling.