Many farm sales are won or lost by first impressions, so it pays to continue farming as though you were staying: sow crops as normal - you can be compensated later or add a holdover clause to the farm sale agreement - and allow grass to flourish, adding nitrogen and reducing livestock numbers.
If your property has issues with rights of way, private water supplies or local developments, we advise being open and upfront about the fact as early as possible in the sale. Buyers are less likely to lose confidence in your farm if you’ve made them aware of everything they need to know before they decide to buy your property.
- Potholes – fill them in
- Fencing – check every section and repair where necessary
- Gates – check they are properly hung
- Gutters – clean them out
- Weeds – kill them off
- Livestock sheds – muck them out
- Fields – top grass them regularly
- Cropping – 5 years of farm records
- Yields – 3 years of farm records
- Soil testing – have regular records to show your land stays fertile and fresh
- Lambing percentages
- Calving rates
- Milk yields – average per cow
- Drainage plans – detail any recent improvements
Finally, if you have been awarded for potential for performance, conservation or other noteworthy achievements, dig out the certificates and show them to potential buyers.
Contact the team at Savills Farms and Estate Services for more help and advice on selling your farm.