There is a usually a different sort of life for those that are living in the city and those who choose to live in the country. Not only are you able to find homes in the country that will allow you to have your own barn and horses, but you will also find that the property itself is quite different in design from those you will find in places like downtown Toronto. Before you start looking for your perfect country estate you should take the time to know what sort of things are important to check on with these properties.
When you're looking at the potential of the property you should make sure you check on things like the zoning for the area and your property lines. If you're planning on looking at real estate where you will have a barn and different animals beyond house pets then you should make sure that you are allowed to have these at your new place. Just because you purchase a property that is large enough to be a ranch does not mean that the zoning is in place to allow for this. Property lines are also a little more blurred when it comes to country homes. So, you should check to see exactly what you're buying in terms of the land.
Check the water and the septic system. One of the major differences between homes in the city and those in the country are that there are many places the further you get away from the city that do not have sewage or water lines running to them. If the home that you're looking at runs with a well and a septic system then you should make sure that you have these things thoroughly checked out before you make a solid offer on the property. These systems are difficult and expensive you replace. Another usually provided service that you might need to think about is road maintenance in the winter months.
The last major differences when it comes to homes built in the city and those in rural places is that many rural properties are built with more wood than you will find in downtown areas. This means that you might have to check for issues like termites, other insects, or pests of any kind. Make sure that you're using a home inspector who knows about rural properties rather than someone who is used to dealing with condos. They should know what to look for in terms of your country estate.