Selling Trees for Lumber?

Hurricane Irma left me with a large red cedar down and a second one damaged and needing removal too. I know there is value in red cedar and would be willing to sell the lumber in exchange for removing them.


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October 1, 20170 found this helpful
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Sorry you dealt with Irma. I'd take photos of the trees and post them on Craigslist, Nextdoor and publicly on Facebook so people can make offers.

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October 1, 20170 found this helpful

Here are a few pointers in selling trees in your yard.

  1. Tree grown in woods are more valuable than trees grown in yards.
  2. You need to consider how to cut the tree, remove the tree, and if it will cause property damage. This is a major factor when selling a tree in your yard.
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  4. When selling your tree it is important to know the circumference of each tree. This is important because bigger trees attract the buyer.
  5. You also need to know the height of each tree you want to sell.
  6. Is the location of your trees easy to access with large tree harvesting equipment?
  7. If they can't access the tree with harvesting equipment is it possible to move the tree so they can use harvesting equipment?
  8. You also need to find out if your state requires only licensed tree harvesters to buy the tree and remove it from your yard. Some states won't allow just anyone to come and harvest your tree.
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October 1, 20170 found this helpful

In addition to posting on Craigslist, Facebook - if you know any companies in the market for red cedar, you can perhaps reach out to them and see if they're interested in making an offer. Or, you could email the local companies.

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October 2, 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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October 17, 20170 found this helpful

Tell people you know that you have wood for sale, but it is free if they remove it.
Put it on kijjijji or craigs list.

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