Getting your Texas Land Ready to Sell!
Are you considering selling your land or ranch? First, contact Longhorn Realty. Second you may want to consider some of the tips below to get your ranch or land in show condition. If you also have a home, please read “Getting your Central Texas Home Ready to Sell”.
As far as time of year to sell your property, spring is hands down the best time. Especially when the wild flowers have bloomed, the trees have new leaves and the grass is green. If we’ve had our spring showers the tanks are hopefully full and the creeks are running.
Not everyone will have access to the equipment in the tips I’ve outlined below but in some cases it’s beneficial to hire someone to get the work done. It will make sense if it increases the return on your property. A clean presentable property that doesn’t look like a project will always bring you a higher sales price.
- Make sure buyers have easy access to all areas of your ranch or land to view the property! This one is huge. Generally half a day with a chainsaw and loppers can open up roads and paths so buyers can easily get around. No one likes belly crawling , getting swatted in the face with branches or getting their vehicle destroyed trying to view a property.
- Access problem Part 2. Be sure potential buyers can enter, tour and exit your property without having to cut through neighboring properties. Most properties I’ve seen that use neighboring properties to enter and tour the subject property are usually harder to sell. So if you have your own road frontage or easement access be sure its functional so you keep buyers only on the property you’re selling during showings.
- Get rid of all your trash and junk! Trash, metal piles, old fence wire, old vehicles, old appliances, etc can be eye sores. Haul all the trash off that you can. Also pick up yours and your friends and family’s beer cans and shot gun shells too.
- Now I understand some things are too good to haul off such as pipe, gates, lumber, tee posts, leftover rock or bricks, old implements, certain old vehicles, equipment, etc. But you can stage things in an orderly manner. Designate an area to stage your “good stuff”. Stack it, pile it and arrange it like you had a plan. Do all of that in an area that isn’t going to be seen as easily by buyers viewing the ranch. Behind a barn would be ideal, up front by the entrance, not so much.
- If you still have brush piles from when you cleared the property years ago, you may be at the mercy of the county “burn ban” to get rid of them. If you’re considering selling your property you really need to make these brush piles disappear. Fall is a great time to burn, if you can, so that your burn areas will grow back over in the spring before we list your property. If you have a sizable property that warrants a drone video there’s nothing worse than videoing a bunch of brush piles!
- Not everyone is going to have access to a tractor and shredder but nothing makes your pasture look better than having it freshly shredded. The new grass growth comes back extra green and really makes a huge difference on the appearance of your ranch. The wildlife will thank you as well!
- Get your fences in shape! Fix your loose and broken wires, add and replace posts. Make sure you can operate your hot wires without getting fried! Make sure water gaps are set from the last heavy rain. If you really want to Taj Mahal out your fence line clear out all the overgrowth. If you do this once a year it really never gets out of hand. If you wait till you’re getting your property ready to sell it’s probably going to be a pretty big job. If some boundaries don’t have fencing it’s really helpful to have it marked out with some “T” posts or stakes.
- Most buyers are mesmerized by views and water. Knowing this, make sure your best view spots, creeks, tanks and/or river and lake banks are looking great. This will be one of the first places they want to go and get out and look around. Clearing trash and limbs and some mowing and trimming will go a long ways to making this area look nice.
- If you have trailers, RVs, equipment, implements and so on line them up, square them up and make it look like you’re a neat freak! Trust me on this, it does make a difference.
- If your property is so densely covered with trees, weeds, vines and overgrowth that it’s like a wall that you can’t walk through you may want to consider getting some clearing done. It’s likely if buyers can’t see a property they’re not going to buy it. At a minimum provide some walking paths. Cedar breaks can be impossible to get through so consider opening these areas up.
A ranch that looks clean, is organized and well cared for will pay off with good offers. The goal is to minimize the buyers “to do” list on your property. A buyer will use their “to do” list as ammunition to justify a lower offer price, so make that list as small as possible!
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