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Selling Trees to a Lumber Company

Currently, a company is harvesting lumber from 150 acres that abuts our property. We have 7 large pines and 2 cedars all with bases that measure more than 70 inches and are 3 to 4 stories high. We would like to sell to the lumber company since they already have all their equipment and trucks here. How do I determine a fair price and get to the right person?

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Anonymous
January 31, 20170 found this helpful

YOu should do a price comparables with timber companies throughout the web, then figure out the name of the lumber company next door, either by talking to a neighbor or examining one of their trucks. Then contact the corporate headquarters and eexplain the situation.

Conversely, you could strike up a conversation with one of the workers, and see what he tells you

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February 1, 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:

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*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.

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*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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February 1, 20170 found this helpful

You could charge by the foot. However, the company is using their equipment and labor. I would find out what it costs to buy lumber and take half of it from the company. They can keep the other half.

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February 1, 20171 found this helpful

If the company is already over there, I would just walk over there and ask to talk to the foreman. Ask him what they are paying. We have had trees harvested before. Not all trees are suitable for lumber. You usually don't determine the price--they do. They will look at them and tell you what they will pay for them.

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February 2, 20170 found this helpful

First question: Is the company harvesting similar trees - pine or cedar?

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Are the trees similar in size? Some companies harvest only a limited/certain size tree for some particular use and may not be interested in any other size/type of trees.

If you wish to have these trees removed then I would suggest you talk with the foreman of the working crew and ask for a price quote (payment or charges) - AND - again, if you want these trees removed take any offer as otherwise you will most likely be paying someone a big price to even come to your land or even give you more than 3 minutes on the phone.

Sorry, but tree removal is expensive so you are very lucky to have a tree company working near you.

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Anonymous
March 20, 20170 found this helpful

I have a very very large Pine Tree on my property... It is the largest pine tree that I have ever seen. I was told certain pine tree companies would cut the tree down and pay me for it... Can you tell me who to contact in Alabama ?

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February 13, 20170 found this helpful

Name of lumber companies baying on Gainesville Ga.
I have 3 acres with talk pines and other trees.
I'd like to sell it or give it away for the work of remove it..
Approximly 100 trees

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