Staging Tips For Rural & Horse Properties
Have you ever looked at some of the rural and horse properties where the home is nicely staged, the lawn is mowed and the yard nicely landscaped, yet areas of the pastures are overgrown, have clumps of manure and downed trees, along with having fences needing repairs? It certainly does not look appealing to the Buyer.
Remember – the exterior of the property is where the Buyer will get their first impression. It should look like it is worth the asking price.
So, what do you do to make the rural and horse properties more appealing?
Start out by maintaining the pastures with mowing. It doesn’t have to be mowed as often as your lawn, but only when it
starts to look
ratty. It may need it once every month or every couple of weeks, depending on how fast it has grown. (If it is a hay field, it should look well maintained. People can usually tell if it is an unkept pasture or if it is a hayfield.) Mowing will also scatter the clumps of manure in the pastures. The other option would be to go out and pick up the manure manually, but that I know is time consuming. Not many of us have that much spare time to walk and pick pastures.
Next, remove any downed trees that are unsightly and repair all the fencing. If it is an electric fence, make sure it is also working.
Moving on to the barn, make repairs to it and paint it, if necessary. A fresh coat of paint will make it look a thousand times better. Also, remember to remove those cobwebs. They collect dust which makes the barn look dirty.
Keep the stalls picked out regularly. The smell of manure and ammonia will turn someone away rather quickly. Remember to sweep the aisles and the tack room as well.
Declutter, declutter, declutter. I can’t say this enough. All tools, tack and equipment are to be placed in their proper places (unless you are currently using it, of course). Having things just laying around makes it look messy and unsightly. Not only that, clutter is a safety issue at the barn. Horses are like children, if they can get into something, they will.
Remember, the exterior is what will give everyone a first impression of your rural and horse property. Stage it and have it look as though it were to be featured on the cover of Better Homes & Gardens.