Middle Tennessee is the place for horse lovers. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of amenities and properties perfect for your equestrian needs.
Whether you’re interested in buying a home with plenty of acres to roam (enough for a horse or two), or you’d like to one day open up your own farm and riding business, there’s plenty of opportunities in Middle Tennessee.
However, buying an equestrian property is a pretty big undertaking. Unlike purchasing normal residential real estate, there are a number of things to keep in mind for buying equestrian properties. Here’s five important ones:
1. Make Sure You’re Buying Enough Land for Your Needs
It’s better to buy a little too much land than not enough—especially when you factor horses into the equation. Before you start looking at properties, you should go ahead and come up with a list of “must-haves” for your new property.
How many horses do you own? Each horse will need at least two acres of land for grazing. This land should not include the actual house, stable, or fencing of the property.
Do the math (x number of horses times 2 acres each) to find out how big of an equestrian property you’ll need.
2. Find Out if There Are Nearby Services and Amenities
Are you moving within Middle Tennessee or from out of state? Equestrian properties, and other pieces of farmland, are often miles away from big cities and major metropolitan areas.
As you scout out potential properties to buy, make sure they’re located near the amenities you need in everyday life. I know of some great properties close to bustling communities like Columbia and Franklin, Tennessee.
3. See What Structures are Included with the Property (and Check Their Condition)
As you tour a property to see if it meets your needs, be sure to thoroughly check out any existing structures. Check fences, padding, stables, waste management and drainage systems, and any other structures on the property.
If you decide to make an offer on this property, you’ll want to hire a professional home inspector to come out for an inspection.
4. Look for a Property Near a Water Source
Equestrian properties require a lot of water. They need potable water, as does your home, so you’ll want to make sure the property you purchase has access to a water source.
If you’re farming, your water needs will increase as well. Plus, you can expect each of your horses to drink around 10 gallons a day!
5. Research Local Zoning Laws
Your property should be zoned for agriculture and not have any restrictions on it for building structures or other codes.
As a longtime Middle Tennessee real estate agent with experience in equestrian properties, I can answer your questions regarding zoning laws in Middle Tennessee.
Find the Equestrian Home of Your Dreams in Middle Tennessee
Allow my team and I to help guide you towards a successful home purchase in Middle Tennessee. With so many great equestrian properties out there, it can be hard to find the one that’s just right for you.
Luckily, we have a lot of experience with that. Give us a call today to get started!