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I need about 29 large pine trees and two cedar trees cut on my 2.5 acres to get more sunlight. I want to sell them. I live in Port Orchard, Washington. What do I need to do?


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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

Many people want to have trees removed from their property. Often someone tells them that tree removal services will pay them to remove trees from their property. Unfortunately, they face many problems:

*Tree removal companies are not interested in paying the owner in small jobs, such as a few acres of trees, as their costs in insurance, machinery and workers are very high.

*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if the land owner pays the company, however, the land owner might then find that the company sells the trees to lumber companies. The tree company then has the tree removal payment and the lumber sale payment, as well.


*Insurance liabilities on both sides can be very high as tree removal is a dangerous job and companies must carry high insurance costs for injury to workers and property. The property owner may face injury and damage costs, and legal problems, as well. Tree removal companies are required to carry insurance and bond for their company and workers but this does not mean the property owner does not need coverage for the property and possible injuries etc.

*Depending on the area or state of the property, the owner may face permit requirements, historic, cultural and other limitations in removing trees from a property.

So, an answer to your question is not simple. You may find a tree removal service by putting an ad on Craigslist, etc., but you still face all the issues above with no guarantees.

*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract. You should discuss your plans with an attorney familiar with land use and then make an informed decision.

A caveat here-be careful not to provide the property address or even the general location of the trees to any company or person you might find from Craigslist, etc., before signing a contract. You may find that someone has removed the trees from your property without your knowledge.

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

Be sure to read all the precautions given by DCA before contacting anyone about selling your timber. You will have to contact someone in your area as selling/buying trees is a big undertaking and just moving equipment to your property will be costly - even before a tree is cut. Contact the logging companies and ask for an appraisal.

Here are links to a couple of companies in your area but there may be more.

http://tacoma.b  og-alot/15669216

http://cedarlan  port-orchard-wa/

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

Removing trees is expensive. You can try putting an ad in Craigslist or Freecycle advertising an exchange of the wood for the removal.

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July 12, 20170 found this helpful

You do not say if any of these trees are near a dwelling/building and that can also make a difference in getting someone to cut your trees. Not many small companies will have a use for pine trees and be very careful if using Craigslist (or similar site) as many of these people will not be licensed and/or insured and that may be very crucial if removing trees near a dwelling.

Also, please remember, there is a LOT of clean-up after trees are cut as lumber companies usually cut and strip the trees, load them up and leave. They typically leave a real mess of large uncut limbs, large chunks of wood and huge stumps.

Be sure that you have everything spelled out in a contract before you allow anyone on your property and make it very clear that no one can enter without someone (owner) being on the property.


Hope you can strike a good deal.

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