So you’d like to buy a ranch. Many people would. That’s why there are so many ranches for sale in Colorado, Oregon, Wyoming, Texas, Montana, and more. However, buying a ranch means more than just putting your money down and having a place for recreation. Ranches come with some complex questions and issues, and the more informed you are before you buy, the easier the whole process will go for you.
How Well Has it Been Kept
Before you buy a ranch you want to know how well it’s been kept up. Some ranches have old, decrepit, and dangerous buildings on them. These ranches can be difficult to renovate, let alone to live in and enjoy when first purchased. If you want to invest a lot of time and energy in your ranch, you may want to buy one that has been run down. However, you need to know what you’re getting.
Another question to look at when buying a ranch is whether cattle have been running on it. Some people don’t think that this is an important part of ranching. However, running cattle on the land helps maintain the land in a good state. If there have not been cattle in the land, It might be overrun, or the fences and other infrastructure necessary for cattle might be in for repair
What are the Water Rights?
Water rights can be a complicated issue when you’re buying ranch land for sale. Any cattle that you run on the ranch, as well as crops that you decide to grow, will need water. Water rides can be very nuanced. You need to understand what’s your current water rights are on the ranch, but you also need to understand what the water rights have been historically. You also want to know what high water and low water looks like in the rivers and lakes on your ranch.
Water rights also extend to fishing rights. If you’re a serious fisherman, you will want to know what access the public has right to in your land. You may be able to block off access completely in some areas, but other times you may be required to let people fish on the land.
Does it Come With Staff?
Sometimes, ranches for sale come with their own staff. These might be the people used to dealing with the cattle, repairing the fences, and even cooking and cleaning on the ranch. While you never have to keep people around, sometimes there are people whose whole lives have been wrapped up in your Ranch. If there are people who have lived and worked on the land for many years, they can become disgruntled if you tell them that they need to go. While you may deal with the staff of your new ranch any way you want to, it’s important to know what you’re getting into before you buy.
Buying a new ranch can be an exciting prospect. Think through these things, so you can make the best purchase possible and enjoy your new ranch thoroughly.