It Takes a Special Eye and Experience to Stage a Horse Property Properly
Let ChicStaging Dress Your Horse Property as Well as Home
Staging Stables, Tack Rooms, and More
Have you thought about putting your horse property on the market?
The first impression is everything when selling a horse property. Being a trainer and instructor from Germany, we get your horse property sold faster and for more money. Yes, it's important to stage your home but it is just as important to stage your horse property.
If you have kids have them join in on the cleaning too and make it a fun chore. Most properties are in rural areas, so you will want to consider looking for a realtor who specializes in selling horse properties. We as horse owners know that there is so much to get ready when selling a horse property.
Main House: get your home staged if you are doing it yourself, start by de-cluttering and removing all personal photos and religious items. make sure if you need your home painted have the home painted in a neutral color, remove excess furniture, and if you have a beautiful picture window that overlooks pastures see if you can make that your focal point position your furniture so that it has the view of the pastures. Don't worry if you think if the walls look boring you always can add colors by adding pillows, throws, and adding art.
Make sure that the bathrooms have that spa feel to them and that the Master bedroom has that hotel look. You will want to have your home look spotless. At the entry add a beautiful pot on either side of the door with beautiful flowers and don't forget to add that welcome sign. And yes clean that garage out buyers do look inside to see how large the garage is. If your garage needs painting by all means paint it a neutral color make sure to clean out all cabinets inside and out and if you have items laying around collect and store them out of site.
Now lets move on the the horse property. So it is just as important to stage your horse property. Lets start in the barn: Turn all your horses out if possible and if you have a pressure washer go ahead and pressure wash in inside of the barn and the outside of the barn to get rid of the cobwebs and all the dust. Muck out all the stalls and on the day of the showing and when the horses are turned out if you have rubber mats in the stalls make sure that the potential buyer will be able to see them. Clean up the wash rack and sweep up the rubber mats if you have any on the wash rack. Store away anything that is in the isleway.
If there are any blankets laying around fold them up and store them in a trunk. Make sure that your tack room sparkles from top to bottom. Clean all tack and sweep up the floors and if there is a window in the tack room wash the window with water and vinegar and make it shine. If there is a tree in front of the tack room make sure it is not blocking the window. You will want all-natural light to come in. Make sure that all lights in the barn and in the tack room are in good working order.
Feed room: Make sure that the feed room is swept up and that whatever hay is laying around is picked up. Make sure all supplements and meds are stored away.
Heavy equipment: Store all your heavy equipment together in one place and make sure that they are clean.
Wash Rack: At the wash rack is usually where we have the shampoo and our grooming kits. Remove that from the wash rack and store them away and rinse your wash rack.
Arenas: Lets move on to the arenas. Depending on the type of facilities you are selling, the arena is very important to show off. Dressage Court, go ahead and water the dressage court and make sure that your rail and block looks sparkling clean and that all the letters have been cleaned and are at their proper spots. Add some potted flowers at the four corners of each letter to make it inviting. If you held clinics on your property remember to clean out the judge's booth too if you have one.
Add a bench or two on either side of the dressage court and add some colorful throw pillows if the weather allows. Jumping Arena. Drage your jumping arena and afterward set up a course of about 8 jumps. If the paint of your poles looks faded then paint them. Make sure all stands are in great shape and that all your cups have their pins. If you have a western arena again make sure that you draged the arena and maybe set up some barrels.
Make sure that in all the turnouts that all the fencing has been fixed or replaced. Also, don't forget to take your horses out, give them a good grooming, and spray show sheen on them and brush their tails and add show sheen. Just remember that buyers cannot see through the clutter and that is why it is important to tidy everything, up because in the end that will likely get you a higher offer. Potential buyers look online first before they make a decision to visit your property so it is very important that the photos of the property stand out.
Make sure that your realtor has a professional photographer on his team, and there are plenty of photos taken. Even if they are over 30, that is fine. Make sure all the photos are spotless and have your horses included. Make sure on the day of the open house that everything on the property is spotless and even have the driveway looking spotless and find a beautiful focal point in front of your home.
Set up a cute bistro table and two chairs with a bouquet of flowers overlooking the pastures and even set up a bench in front of the barn and add a nice bench with cute pillows and on either side of the bench add a pot of flowers. And remember to turn on all lights in the house and in the barn. Now I wish you the best of luck on selling your equestrian property and moving on to your next dream property