Consider if you wanted to buy a hobby farm, boarding facility, or luxury equestrian estate. Would you be enticed to go into a horse property with overgrown pasture, peeling paint, and poorly maintained residence? Or would you be more likely to go into a horse property with manicured grounds, meticulous barn aisles, a freshly dragged arena, and tidy home?

The goal of a horse property’s exterior is to attract a potential buyer to tour the facilities. A horse property’s exterior is a potential buyer’s first impression. Ranches and farms with curb appeal have statistically had higher prices and sold within a shorter time. So here are a few tips to improve a home’s curb appeal:

Maintain the exterior structures. 

Putting off repairs can be catastrophic. Not maintaining exterior structures deteriorates the property’s appearance and also harms its structural soundness. Consider if a barn had an aged roof.  A potential buyer would notice the roof within seconds of viewing the horse property. The buyer would assume that the home was not well-maintained. Plus, an aged roof can allow water into the home and create water damage.

Wash, wash, wash. 

Give your horse property a facelift by removing the dust and dirt that has accumulated over the years. When a property’s exterior is clean it’s brighter and more eye-catching. Some equestrians choose to pressure wash their barns and outbuildings, but be careful not to chip off the exterior paint with the strength of the water. If you are worried about pressure washing, grab a bucket of soapy water and a brush.


Make sure that your pastures are well maintained. Cut back overgrown bushes, pulls weeds, and mow the grass. Add potted flowers around the barns to bring additional color to the exterior of your home too. According to an article by HouseLogic, landscaping economist John Harris stated that good landscaping can increase a horse property’s value up to 28%.

Update the exterior hardware. 

A way to easily make your horse property look more modern is to update the exterior hardware. The exterior hardware includes the house number, doorknobs/handles, and light fixtures. If necessary, also consider updating/replacing your mailbox.


Add a few accessories to your horse property. If you are selling your farm or ranch during the holidays, add a wreath to the barn doors. If you have a porch, consider adding a bench with colorful accent pillows. These little details will show potential buyers that you maintained your horse property and paid attention to the details.

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