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Top things to do consider when buying a ranch


Buying a ranch in Northern Colorado is one of the most fulfilling real estate investments you can make in the region. But before you go purchase the ranch property you’re eyeing, don’t forget to consider the following factors.

  1. Soil type

    The type and quality of soil varies per region. Most importantly, it’s a deciding factor on what you can or cannot do in the ranch. A simple soil survey can give you all the answers you need, such as the overall quality of the soil, its depth, and the available water in the area. At best, choose a ranch property with loamy soils as it supports land growth.

  2. Land size

    Ranch properties, as you may very well know, greatly vary in size. Simply put, some are bigger than others. Make sure the size of the land you’re interested in supports your plan for it. For instance, if you’re going to rear a large group of cattle, find a ranch that’s large enough to accommodate every animal.

    Buying land that’s smaller than what you actually need can lead to congestion and food competition. Most importantly, it can also affect the behavior and mental state of the animals you decide to rear in the property.

  3. Water availability

    Water is an absolute must in ranches. You need it to grow plants and support the life of your animals. Check if the ranch you’re interested in is connected to the local public water supply or a community well. You can also get in touch with a professional water locator to determine whether there is underground water available.

    These articles by Sciencing.com and NOLO have great insights on how to determine water availability in vacant land.

  4. Zoning

    Adhering to local zoning laws is of incredible importance. It determines the kind of activities and structures you can build on the property. Failure to abide by such laws can result to you having to pay fines or, worst case scenario, being incarcerated.

    To avoid such a faith, a simple trip to the local zoning office will tell you what the land you’re buying is zoned for. You can also secure a zoning permit yourself– just check the requirements and comply with the necessities.

  5. Climate and environmental conditions

    The local climate and environment significantly impact the health of your animals as well as the plant growth in the ranch. There are a variety of things to consider under this item, such as air pollution, average daily temperatures, and average rainfall per year.

    This should be no problem at all in Northern Colorado– the region has some of the cleanest air in the country. Just watch out for the temperatures to make sure it doesn’t adversely affect fodder, pasture, and animal growth. These negative effects include stress (which can lead to reduced beef production), extra maintenance costs, and loss of food for your animals.

When it comes to ranch properties, Northern Colorado is unrivaled

Let Matthew Curry guide you as you explore ranches in the area. Please feel free to browse his website. You can also get in touch with him at 970-889-0307 or Matt(at)welcometonoco(dotted)com.