Hello- I am in the early stages of looking at small horse properties in the Northeastern US. We're looking at properties with ~10 acres and existing barns. We are looking at older farmhouses (generally built in 1800's), and most of the barns on property are older as well, though all have been renovated enough to be habitable by animals.
My question for all of you is how real estate inspections work for barns, fencing, and outbuildings. I've purchased multiple homes (all "in town"), so I am familiar with the typical home inspection for a residence. For some reason, a barn feels different to me.
1. Do you need a separate inspector for the barn/outbuildings, or will a typical residential inspector be able to handle that as well?
2. Are there "must ask" questions related to the barn for the inspector (I'm thinking wiring, water, etc. But will they have expertise in stall/aisle flooring, lofts, etc.?)
3. Do they look at existing fencing as well, or just the structure?
This will be the first horse property I have purchased (and hope to eventually keep 1-2 horses at home, but let's get the property in order first
), so while excited, I know I have a lot to learn. Folks on here have recommended "Horsekeeping on a small acreage" to other posters, and I have been internalizing every page! Thanks for your thoughts.