Buying A Maine Farm, What To Look Out For With Property Listings?
You’ve had it up to (hand held over your head) this high with living in too small surroundings so putting the city in the rearview mirror as you look for a Maine farm for sale.
The thought of being surrounded by open space, under the star filled sky. And not jammed tightly in the shadows next to towering skyscrapers anymore.But being self sufficient and depending on your own wits to stay on that Maine farm is a little scary. But exciting at the same time.
So buying a Maine farm, what to look for as you kick the tires on the property listings for sale?
The number one consideration is timing.
Is this working a patch of dirt, securing some Maine farm land a long range plan?
Or ready or not, here we go to take the plunge today?
If the target date for the moving, relocation to Maine is a few years down the road, maybe just land in Maine for sale is the goal. No buildings to insure, maintain, or rent out if that option makes your stomach a little queasy, uneasy. Construct from scratch and one by one adding to the farm in Maine building collection may be the route you want to take.
The size of the budget to buy a Maine farm is at the top of the list for consideration too.
What type of farming and does it involve critters, crops or both? Does the farm in Maine for sale have waterfront features for irrigation or recreation? And resale benefits that hoist the value of the property listing should you decide selling it is needed.
The location like buying any home is key when you consider the family members you raise, bring along to live in that Maine farm property too. Too far from town shopping, schools, hospitals amd wasted time, gas and added frustration to the flow of the day happens right?
The outbuilding of the Maine farm for sale need eagle eye one by one insepction and review. You may have experience with homes, houses so know what to look for in the turn your head and cough thorough putting it through it’s paces.
But the stress test, treadmill tilted higher incline to put each of the accessory buildings of the Maine farm property building collection is vital.
The big original Maine farm barn is not something easily repaired if let go. The eighty foot long ark of a building is full of posts, beams, pins.
Has the roof that is higher than an eight foot step ladder will reach been maintained?
Or is rot happening, slope in the roof line or decay around the dormers and cupola the case on the Maine farm barn.
All can mean some serious cash outlay down the road. Or right off the bat.
And not every Tom, Dick or Harry is well versed or skilled to just start climbing, jacking, re-working the ills causing the serious wrinkles in the Maine farm barn or other ailing buildings.
The sills under that big brute of a Maine farm barn replaced or rotting, sinking? The gambrel roof structure, has it been cabled, cross braced?
Were crucial supporting beams and headers removed over the years to modify the structure for previous owner’s uses?
That were not what the Maine farm barn was originally designed for?
The electrical needs to the machine shed, grainery, tractor barns all should be duely noted on the property check list.
As you tour the building collection of the Maine farm and start adding up the costs. Of the new roof needed here, foundation work there, windows all the way around. How to get up that high to paint, replace siding or the glass in the window holes is a consideration too.
Are you afraid of heights and can you walk the beams inside the big Maine farm barn like a cat?
Fall forty feet or more and you don’t just spring to your feet. Probably have used up a few of the nine lives in earlier scrapes, near miss avoid tragedies right?
And beyond the location and condition of the Maine farm buildings, what about the soils in the fields, pasture land?
Like people soils on the Maine farm are so so different.
Drainage, soil profile types, what you want to use the dirt on the Maine farm for and how healthy is the land?
Sweeten the soil with lime to change the Maine land PH reading.
Add tons of manure, plowed under ground cover or fertilizer at so much a ton takes time, money you may be short of on both counts.
Or bush hogging the let go pasture land, fields before even thinking of putting them into a farm use could be the situation. Or what about the woodlots, the timber sections of the Maine farm you have on radar?
Cut so hard a woodpecker would have to pack a lunch to fly across it and pretty sparse? Or healthy and ready to selectively cut and remove some overstory to allow the little, lower to the ground trees pick it up bit.
To increage the value of the Maine farm wooded sections.
Which every good farmer in Maine knows is the cookie jar.
The savings bank to periodically go to and cut, trim, enjoy income from the cords per acre removed. Hauled away to some local Maine wood mill.
Or worried about chemicals and organic Maine farming the hope from the get go?
How long was the Maine farm land in the soil bank, the CRP program or was it at all?
Did the previous owners put in drainage tiles to keep the soil workable in a wet spring or fall?
Depleted soil on a Maine farm can be like iron poor blood built back up but it all takes time, money, a little expertise to add to the other tasks ahead.
As you toy with the notion to buy a Maine farm, a property listing with some property land acreage.
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