Whether you plan on selling your farm in the future or want to make improvements to make your life a little easier right now, it is always a good idea to invest money and time to enhance your property. The value of your land will continue to grow as it ages if you know the types of care it needs and what will add the most value to it.
Here are a few simple ways to increase your farm property’s value!
Practice Regular Maintenance
Maintaining what you already have is a great way to ensure your property’s value stays up. Of course, this means you must work to ensure invasive species don’t make their way onto it, all unneeded brush is cut back, and your property is routinely maintained.
If you have any water features, check for pollutants, and monitor pH levels and species within it. These annual checks will ensure that nothing can build up enough to become a long-term problem and that you have the opportunity to stop anything before it gets too far. This will also give you a good history to work off when you try to sell your land, showing the changes or how steady it’s been for an extended period.
Routine maintenance protects you from surprises and will save you from dealing with flooding or a polluted pond.
Your land’s security matters, not only to stop people from coming and going as they wish but to stop animals who may wander in and try to take some of whatever you’re growing. Ensure that your buildings on the property are as secure as possible. This means steel buildings that could handle almost any weather and have locks so the average person can’t break into them.
Your fences and farm equipment should be locked up at night, along with any animals you own. Security cameras can help you notice which part of your property has the biggest issue or blind spot and where you should put your resources to stop potential theft or destruction.
Ensure You Have Enough Drainage
Drainage is vital for every part of your property. The best agricultural drainage is surface ditches and subsurface permeable pipes. This moves standing or excess water away from poorly drained lands to areas where you can use it or move it into approved rivers or lakes. However, be aware that your water could contain chemicals from farming or oils from vehicles, you must research the local laws in your area that will tell you where and how to dispose of this water.
Improve Your Current Structures
What structures do you currently have on your farmland? A high-quality barn or horse shed can boost the value of your property and allow it to reach its full potential. When you’ve built these properties, ensure that you set up a schedule to maintain, clean, and ensure they’re in working order.
Courtesy of Deer Creek Structures