How to Boost the Curb Appeal of Your Charlottesville Horse Property

Real Estate Agent with Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.

They say first impressions last.


And for real estate properties, that first impression is the curb appeal.

No matter how gorgeous your home looks inside, if it looks neglected outside, the value of your home in buyers' minds will drop.


In fact, according to the National Association of Realtors®, improvements on a home’s curb appeal can give you more than a 75% return on investment. This is the highest ROI the organization has seen.


Properties like Charlottesville equestrian estates usually have big plots of land to take advantage of. When your home looks good and well taken care of, buyers will want to learn more. In addition, potential buyers of horse farms are usually just as concerned about their horses as they are about themselves. They will be looking at the condition of the barns, fencing and pasture in addition to the house.


So in this article, I’m going to share incredible tips to boost the curb appeal of your horse farm.

1. Get a paint job – or at least get your exterior cleaned.


Does the exterior of your horse farm have mildew overgrowth and stains? If it does, then it’s time for a clean-up. Power wash the exterior and roof (some companies can do this for you for around $600).


But if the paint is starting to come off or getting old through time with bubbles and chips, have it repainted.


Charlottesville equestrian estate - There are easy and cost-effective ways to increase your Charlottesville equestrian estate’s value.


2. Re-evaluate your landscape.


If the landscape of your home reminds you of those old abandoned homes in horror movies, it’s time to freshen it up.


There are two main things that make up the landscape: the grass and the shrubs. Make sure the grass looks green and healthy. No overgrown or dried up weeds. If there are bald patches, it’s time to reseed.


If you feel like this is too much of a job for you, you can always hire a professional landscaper. For advice on how to maintain the health of your pasture you can contact your local county agricultural extension agent.

3. Draw eyes to your front door.


Make your property stand out with a lovely front door.


An eye-catching front door can make your entire property seem much more inviting. It’s like it’s drawing people in. Consider having it painted with lively color, maybe red, yellow, or even orange.


4. Make sure the front porch is welcoming.


A dull, uninviting front porch says a lot about the entire home. It’s pretty easy to snazz it up, too. Make sure there’s no broken slab of wood, add a nice pot of fresh flowers, and add a comfy chair while you’re at it.

5. Don’t forget the farm entrance.


The farm entrance is the first thing that will welcome potential buyers so make sure it looks as good as possible. You’ll want to have well-groomed fields and maintained fence lines. Check if all fence boards are intact and replace any old boards if necessary.


Want to know how else you can boost your property’s value?


Check out for more ideas on how to spruce up your equestrian farm.


I’m Pam Dent, and I’m here to assist you with all your real estate needs! Call me at 434-960-0161 so I can help you become a successful seller of horse farms in Charlottesville.



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Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

All features combine to make a great impression on buyers !

Jan 28, 2019 06:04 PM #1
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Pam Dent,  Great blog and one that more people should see.  Is it ok if I reblog this some time.  Hey you are just about at 500,000!!!

Feb 03, 2019 08:49 AM #2
Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

All good ideas for curb appeal and first impressions.

Congratulations a bit early, on your 500,000 points. You should hit that number today. Great job blogging!

Feb 05, 2019 09:41 AM #3
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

This is very good information to share.

Have a most productive month.

Feb 05, 2019 09:42 AM #4
Libby Cousins
Extraordinary Processing - Spokane, WA
Contract Mortgage Processor, licensed in WA

Good morning Pam! I would assume that there is a little more leeway for horse properties/farm houses as far as having a more "rustic" look but curb appeal is still important to many. Great ideas presented!

Feb 05, 2019 10:09 AM #5
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Pam.
Curb appeal is VERY important.  I've had a few buyers not even want to look at a home if it doesn't have an attractive exterior impression. 

Feb 05, 2019 10:15 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Pam -- good advice for anyone considering placing their home on the market for sale.  First impressions matter and you may not get a second chance.  

Feb 05, 2019 11:15 AM #7
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


What a nice post in your description of this Equestrian estate, and the importance of curb appeal.  Congratulations on reaching the 500,000 point mark!  It was so nice of Will Hamm to mention you on the Q &A.  I look forward to reading more of your posts by following you.  A

Feb 05, 2019 11:27 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Pam - these are all great points and will make great photos including a great aerial view.

Feb 05, 2019 11:39 AM #9
James Dray
Fathom Realty AR LLC - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Pam.

I was hoping of my comment to get you over the 500K point achievement.  Looks like I'm a little late, but congratulations anyway

Feb 06, 2019 06:22 AM #10
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

WOW! Such sage advice, Pam and I love that you were very specific to a niche that gets little attention online. I have sold horse properties in the past and have researched them in great detail. This is a niche that is missing the attention it deserves. Great post!

Happy Friday!

Feb 08, 2019 11:03 AM #11
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Pam Dent ,

Congratulations on a well deserved featured post. You only get one chance to make a good first impression..capitalize on it and spend the time to make your property inviting to the eye.

Feb 08, 2019 02:38 PM #12
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Pam and congratulations on your featured post!!! Curb appeal is so important whether it's a community of homes or horse property. Buyers begin to make their impressions and decisions based on what they first see. 

Feb 08, 2019 03:53 PM #13
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Great, informational post.  It's so important to be show ready when it's time to sell and your post clearly demonstrates what to do!

Feb 08, 2019 06:42 PM #14
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Or just put three or four gorgeous equines out front and no one will notice if the house looks shabby.

Feb 08, 2019 09:41 PM #15
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Thanks for sharing these important thoughts Pam Dent. Initial impressions are paramount and your tips surely help to make good ones.

Congratulations on reaching 500k as well!


Feb 09, 2019 09:57 AM #16
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

What is the buyers' first impression of your house based on?  Curb appeal!! That's why it's so important! Sellers need to listen to agents' suggestions on how to improve the curb appeal and spend the money it takes to do it. Better yet, do it  now so you can enjoy it before selling!

Feb 10, 2019 10:17 AM #17
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

Pam Dent  referencing a horror movie is a great way to weave humor into an article about curb appeal and first impressions.

Feb 11, 2019 08:14 AM #18
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