Originally Posted by Corporal
4) Boarders out to ride/muck stalls, etc. at ALL hours
Many folks forget this...you are allowing access to your property (I assume you plan to live in the house) and this is often a bigger headache than you may think.
Just an idea to toss out...consider looking into what the market is in your area for 'retirement boarding'. There are a couple around us that do this and apparently there is a market for older people that want to relocate but want to insure their horse (typically older, too) is well cared for (i.e. Don't want to sell it). The only contact they have with the owners is getting a check every month. You still could get stuck with a non-paying customer, but the 2 stables I know told me that these types of owners are usually financially well off and they have never had a problem. The down side, of course, is that all the labor will be on you.