Selling Trees on 3 Acres?

I have about 3 acres of land. Do lumber companies mess with small lots like this?


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November 8, 20170 found this helpful
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I am assuming that you are not looking for tree removal, but rather asking if it is worth it to sell to someone for the lumber. It really is not worth it, because the pay is not as good as one would think, and when they cut the trees and trim the branches off, they leave all the branches behind. Also, they leave the base of the trees in the ground so that you have the stumps to deal with.

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November 5, 20170 found this helpful

Removing lumber is hard work and no one will do it for free.

Step 1
You can put an ad in Freecycle offering the lumber in exchange for removal. Good luck.

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November 6, 20170 found this helpful

I dont want someone to do it for free

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November 6, 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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November 6, 20170 found this helpful
  1. There are tree removal services that can come in and cut down and remove the trees on your land.
  2. In order to do this you will need to know the approximate size and dimension of the tree before you call.
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  4. They will want to know how many trees are on the lot that need to be cut down and removed.
  5. You'll need to decide if you want them to root the tree or not.
  6. The company will also want to know about the access to the land.
  7. Will they be able to easily get their trucks in there and will they have any issues with power lines or building when cutting down the trees and removing them.
  8. Many companies want to know what type of trees you have on the land.
  9. Before calling a tree removal service, be sure to have all the answer to the question above. This will make it easier to find the right company to do this for you.
  10. You can also find out if they want to recover the lumber or not.
  11. Some companies are not interested in certain types of lumber that is why it is best to know what type of trees you want them to remove.
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  13. The answer to your question is yes, a company that removes trees will do this job for you.
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