Selling a home is hard, but selling small farms or large equestrian properties is a whole different ball game. Whether you’re selling a 5-acre farm or a 50-acre equestrian estate, these little pieces of wisdom can help you close the deal fast and for the best price.
1. The House AND the Barn Have to be Clean.
And your southern grandma’s “were you raised in a barn?” saying is officially debunked. When you’re selling a home on a horse farm, it’s almost like you have to clean two houses instead of one. The barn’s stalls need to be clean and free of manure with fresh shavings. The center aisle of the barn needs to be spotless, and tack rooms should be organized and clutter-free like closets in a house. Oh, and it’s recommended that horse blankets or tack aren’t hanging on stall fronts.
2. Manicure Them Pastures, Pardner.
Just like landscaping around a home, the horse pastures need to be mowed and free of weeds. Contrary to popular belief, horses can’t eat ALL of the grass — especially on larger farms. You should mow a few days before showings, and if there’s a riding ring or arena, it needs to be dragged and look like it’s waiting for the buyer’s horses to make their own hoof prints in the sand.
3. Make sure All Additional Buildings are Tidy.
Horse farms have all kinds of buildings that are meant for storing hay and equipment, but just because they’re technically “extra space” doesn’t mean they can to be treated like your kitchen junk drawer that houses your slinky and Larry the Cable Guy novelty lighter. Organize that ish. It’s important.
4. Hide yo Dogs, Hide yo Cats.
Okay, so obviously you’re probably going to have lots of animals on a farm, but it’s recommended that you take little Leroy and Mittens on a nice car ride or crate them during showings because they tend to act as very cute distractions. If you have chickens — well, good luck. Maybe have them lay a few eggs for the buyer to really seal the deal.