If you’re new to the horse world or just recently bought horses, you may already be looking at equine properties and ranches. If it’s your first time looking at horse property for sale, the process may seem overwhelming, since there are many more details to consider than when you buy a non-equine family residence. You’ll need a barn, stables and a pasture for the horses to graze and exercise, which brings about a completely new set of issues in addition to the normal ones associated with buying a home.
Here are a few tips for evaluating ranches and horse property for sale.
- Consider the water supply. Water is essential for healthy horses and land, so you must find out how much water is available in the aquifers and what you’ll need to produce from a well system. You may need to install a well or septic system if there is not already one on the property, and budget accordingly for the necessary maintenance.
- Plan to create plenty of access. You’ll need a wide driveway that provides enough room for larger vehicles to access the main road through to the barns and stables. Horse transportation and emergency vehicles tend to be wide, so you’ll need to provide adequate space for them to be able to turn all the way around.
- Find a realtor who has expertise with equine properties. Finding a property that is adequate for horses requires extensive knowledge on what the unique needs will be. A realtor who is experience with this type of real estate will be more aware of the zoning requirements, local development regulations and the permit process, as well and land and water issues. They will know what type of pastures to look for and can help you find local vendors for any building and repairs you need to do.
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