Think about selling the horse farm?

Declutter the farm!!!

Of all the things that you can do to get your horse farm ready for the market, there’s nothing as effective or inexpensive as decluttering. Not only does it allow you to really showcase the best features of your farm, it helps you get ready to move and to possibly shed some items you really don’t need anymore anyway.  Two birds, one stone.

A proper decluttering can be a big project, though. It’s important to have a plan before you get started.

Decluttering 101: Getting Started

The goal of decluttering to sell, is to make your house and barn appear as large and functional as is possible within its structural limitations. (Think about all of those unnecessary items in your tack room…)  Obviously you’re not going to turn a 12 foot by 12 foot tack room into a massive space simply by getting some stuff out of the way, but as with anything you’re looking to sell, it’s a good idea to put the best foot forward.

Removing clutter helps rooms feel more open and airy, so make this the hard focus of your life until it’s totally done.  Bringing in some friends who will give you an honest opinion can also help you find more things to get out of the house and barn before your Realtor comes to take the photos for your listing.

These tips can help you stay focused:

1. Begin at the beginning, with your home. The first thing a potential buyer is going to see is the yard, then the driveway and then the front door. These areas need to be very neat and tidy or else they’ll simply stay in the car and drive away. You don’t want to waste a lot of energy inside for buyers to be turned off because your front porch is covered in shaggy planters and old patio furniture.

2. One room at a time. There are any number of apps for planning big projects like this, so pick one and get to making a list. Every room in the house,  even closets and hallways, should have their own entry. Break the effort into the smallest chunks possible to make it easier to accomplish. The more you check off, the better you’ll feel and the more momentum you’re going to build.  Once the home is done, move on to your barn and tack room.

3. Do you really need all that furniture, or all of those saddles? Rooms crammed with furniture are great for get togethers, but they’re terrible for showing a buyer how they can use the same space. All they can see is what is there, so get as much of it out of the way as possible. Leave the pieces that are the nicest or the newest for the very best first impression.

4. Clean all the counters off in the house (and have an empty saddle rack in the barn.)  It’s the easiest thing in the world to get into the habit of using your counters for storage, but when buyers see this practice, they just assume you don’t have enough storage.  (Nobody wants a house with not enough storage — that’s probably the reason they’re looking for a new place to begin with).

5. Clean the showers. It’s an incredible hassle and something you probably only do when company is coming, but assume that company will be coming every day until closing from now on. Black mold on shower grout is an huge turn-off. Those buyers won’t know that you haven’t cleaned the back shower stall since 1989, they’ll just see that black mold and leave.

6. Your collections have gotta go. Yes, you have the most amazing collection of show ribbons and trophies ever assembled, but they don’t need to be on display. In fact, they’re probably standing between you and a potential buyer right now. Pack them up, get them out of sight, make the room where you keep them look enormous.

7. Declutter the garage and storage buildings, too. Oh, don’t think we’ve forgotten about these guys. They’re great places to dump stuff you don’t want to get rid of, but don’t know where to put, but that potential buyer is going to want to know if their own stuff that they can’t figure out what to do with will fit in that space. Clean that garage and those storage buildings and, if necessary, install some heavy duty shelves or racks to give them some appearance of organization.

Where Do You Put The Decluttered Clutter?

Once you’ve sorted out the things you can live without for a while, you have to decide what to do with them. You have a few options. You can sell them, maybe make a little bit of cash at a resale shop or a garage sale, and Craigs list works, too . You can recycle them. You can donate them  (Think about the therapeutic riding centers that could use your tack).

Whatever you do, don’t keep them in the boxes in your house or barn. That defeats the entire purpose of decluttering. Remember, you want to make your horse farm look huge, not like a tightly packed storage unit. So banish the boxes, clear the clutter, make it go far, far away. You’ll also be mostly ready for your move, should you sell that farm quickly because of how clean and shiny it is.

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Horse facilities at 107 Abbyian Way

Horse ready property!

Barn from distance

This farm at 107 Abbyian Way is located just off Highway 1 near New Hill, NC.  It is actually in Chatham County.

The barn has two stalls which are ready for your horses, with wall mounted hay feeders.  There is easy access to the paddock area.  There is plenty of hay storage in the loft and a tack room large enough for feed tubs, too.  The covered grooming area is perfect for the ferrier to work on a rainy day, and perfect for shade in the heat of the summer.  Barn wash area

The two pastures are a quick walk away.  they are fenced with three board fencing.

The neighbors have horses, so you can compare notes and find friends to ride with.  It is only 1/2 hour from the Moss Foundation, so trail riding is  easy.

Come see this pretty horse farm today!

If this horse farm at 107 Abbyian Way, New Hill, NC is not the right one for you, I would be happy to help you search.  Contact me at annecain@kw.com or call 919-303-3588.

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107 Abbyian Way, New Hill, NC

107 Abbyian Way, New Hill, NC

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For sale now at $425,000

         This pretty, custom-built North Carolina horse farm is located about 35 minutes from downtown Raleigh.   It has easy access to Route 1 and is only a few minutes from boat ramps at Jordan Lake.  It is a log home and features exposed beams and rich woodwork throughout the house.  The home has just over 2000 square feet, and has a master suite upstairs and a secondary master downstairs.  The great room in the home has an lovely gas fireplace.  The kitchen, which features stainless steel appliances, is open to the dining room.

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The loft, overlooking the great room, is perfect for a small office.  Bookshelves run across one side of the wall, and the window nook is great for a desk.  

The third bedroom is also on the first floor.  For those who need a fourth bedroom, the laundry room could be converted back to a small bedroom.  The original laundry hookups are in the walk-in pantry off the kitchen.

The horse facilities include a two stall barn with a tack room, grooming area, a hay loft, and an attached paddock.  There are two pastures.  It is ready for your horses!

For more information,  email me at annecain@kw.com. You could also call me, if that is more convenient, at 919-303-3588. Finally, if this horse farm at 107 Abbyian Way is not the right farm for you, check out other central North Carolina horse farms for sale at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

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1412 Olive Chapel Rd, Apex

1412 Olive Chapel Road, Apex, NC

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This central North Carolina horse farm will be on the market soon, and the full details are not available yet, however it will be priced in the mid $700,000 range.  I don’t expect it to last long since it has great, convenient Apex location. The home is large and the front porch overlooks the fenced pasture.

This home will be listed by Fonville Morisey, however you can email me for information at annecain@kw.com. You could also call me, if that is more convenient, at 919-303-3588. If this horse farm at 1412 Olive Chapel Road is not the right farm for you, check out other central North Carolina farms for sale at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

1412 Olive Chapel Road barn

Barn for Olive Chapel Road Farm

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Check the roof on your horse barn…

Did you knock down the cobwebs your barn on the last day that it rained?  Did your horses jump through the roof while you were waving the broom around their stalls?  Well, this week it might be worthwhile to schedule a roof inspection on your barn to make sure it is in good shape.  (You can clean out gutters with a hose while you are up there.)  I found some chipped shingles on the edges of my roof this year where a tree limb had grown enough to brush the barn.  I needed some clippers to prevent further damage.  Since I caught it early, I only needed to slide some shingles underneath to prevent water damage.

If you are thinking about buying or selling a horse farm in Central North Carolina, or if you know of a friend who could use my help,  email me at annecain@kw.com. You could also call me, if that is more convenient, at 919-303-3588. You can also check out North Carolina horse farms for sale at http://apexhomesforsale.kwrealty.com/.

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Springtime thoughts…Cobwebs in my head.

Is it a rainy day?  Too rainy to ride on your horse farm?  (It is pouring on my mini farm.)  Is your riding ring too wet?  (Mine will be too wet tomorrow.)  How about taking a broom and knocking down the cobwebs in the barn.  They are a real fire hazard.  You can even do it while your horses are in their stalls to show them that brooms are not evil, even waving in the air.

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Gutter Cleaning Time

Whether you have gutters on your home or your barn, now is the time to make sure they are clean and free flowing.  As more leaves come down it is important to prevent clogging. Clogged gutters and downspouts lead to water baking up and going where it should not go. I have seen major siding problems when water ends up behind the gutters.  Those pesky termites love wet wood, too!

Please remember, if I can help you with your horse farm purchase or sale, please give me a call  (919-303-3588)  or send me an email:  Annecain@kw.com.  Please follow my blog, and let me know if you have  any questions.

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