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January 20, 2015

My family has 25 acres and they would like to sell the trees. What do we do?

By Regina

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January 21, 20150 found this helpful

You can find answers on Google. Just be sure to put you location - city, county, state if you want more accurate information.

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January 21, 20151 found this helpful

I would also suggest you try and find someone who knows something about lumber, timber, etc. in your area. 25 acres sounds like a lot, but it is nothing to a big lumber company. You have to find some small business that does this sort of thing. In our area, it used to be possible to have someone come in and selectively log off trees and then cut them into lumber. In one case we sold the trees; in another we had this done, and kept the lumber for future housebuilding. You might even start your search in the phone book yellow pages.

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January 21, 20150 found this helpful

Be very sure you are dealing with a reputable person. My cousin had a man come give her an estimate on trees in the Houston area. The price wasn't what she wanted so she turned him down. Several days later when she went out to the property, the trees had been cleared! They will even cut the locks on gates... be very careful!

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April 30, 2013

I have 4 very large pine trees in my yard and would like them removed before they do damage to our house. One has already split in half and almost hit our house. My question is who do I hire to do this and how do I sell the lumber? I would like to make some money off the lumber. Will tree removal services make a deal with me or do I have to hire them to cut it down and then sell to someone else.

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By jaynab

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May 2, 20130 found this helpful

Get your phone book and call around to the various tree businesses. Someone might lead you to the information you want.

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May 2, 20131 found this helpful

Call the various tree trimmers and experts in your area and some of them might have the answer you are looking for. Logging companies usually do this type of thing. Hope this helps.

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May 2, 20130 found this helpful

I don't have any advice for you, but I do think you shouldn't get your hopes up about making any money from those trees. I think you will have to pay to have them taken down and have the wood hauled away, if you can't use it yourself for firewood. Please let us know if you do find some way of making money.

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August 20, 2016

My husband lost his job a few months back and had the idea to have our pine trees cut down in exchange for money. He met a gentleman cutting down trees in passing and had a verbal agreement that he would stop by and give us an estimate.

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After the consolation, my husband agreed to use his business. After the job was completed, the gentleman told my husband that after selling the trees and charging for the service, he would give my husband $300 and would be back to clear some of the mess. Well, weeks went by and we never heard from the man. When we finally reached the business man, he said he was tied up and couldn't make it out, and wouldn't even return our calls prior to that. Now he says that work has slowed down for him and he is waiting until his land sells so that he can pay us the money.

There was no written contract and we can empathize with the man since my husband had loss his job too, but what can we do? I don't understand why he didn't pay us the money as soon as the lumber company had paid him.

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August 15, 2015

I have 2.6 acres in Warrenton, North Carolina. They are covered in trees, mostly pine. I want to know if I can sell it as stumpage for a lump sum.

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I want to construct a house and need space. What is your advise?

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August 15, 20151 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.

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*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if the property 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.
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*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract.

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.

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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April 19, 20160 found this helpful

how much can I get for twelve acres of pine trees

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February 11, 2015

I have 4-5 acres of oak and gum trees that I wood like to have cleared and in South Carolina. Can anyone point me in the right direction? Please.

By Lashawn

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February 11, 20151 found this helpful

Many people want to have someone pay them to remove trees from their property. There are many problems they face:

*Tree removal companies are not interested paying the owner in small jobs, such as a few acres of trees, as their costs in insurance, machinery and workers is high.
*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if they do not pay the owner, however, you might find that the company then sells the lumber to lumber companies.
*Insurance liabilities on both sides can be very high as the tree removal companies must carry high insurance costs for injury to workers and property and the owner may face injury and damage costs.
*Tree removal companies are required to carry insurance and bond for their company and workers but this does not mean the 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 and other limitations in removing trees from a property.
*Owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract.

So, an answer to your question is not simple. You may find a possibility by putting an ad on Craigslist but you still face all the issues above.

A caveat here - be careful not to provide the property address or even general location 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 12, 20150 found this helpful

If you just want the trees gone, but don't want any money, consider donating them. You can set it up so an energy assistance program can come in and cut them down for firewood. Here's a link that might help. PBP

www.facebook.com/ReynoldsTreeServiceLLC

www.trappstreeservice.com/Elgin_tree_removal.html

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February 8, 2015

We have 5 acres in Mechanicsville, Virginia and would like to get about 2 to 3 acres cleared. It is probably about 70% pine. We are interested in having someone pay to come clear them, grind the stumps and take the lumber away. Thank you for any help!

By Autumn M.

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February 8, 20151 found this helpful

Many people want to have someone pay them to remove trees from their property. There are many problems they face:

*Tree removal companies are not interested paying the owner in small jobs, such as a few acres of trees, as their costs in insurance, machinery and workers is high.
*Some companies may be interested in a larger project if they do not pay the owner, however, you might find that the company then sell to lumber companies.
*Insurance liabilities on both sides can be very high as the tree removal companies must carry high insurance costs for injury to workers and property and the owner may face injury and damage costs.
*Tree removal companies are required to carry insurance and bond for their company and workers but this does not mean the 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 and other limitations in removing trees from a property.
*Owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract.

So, an answer to your question is not simple. You may find a possibility by putting an ad on Craigslist but you still face all the issues above.

A caveat here-be careful not to provide the property address or even general location 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 8, 20150 found this helpful

I would approach a Forestry professional either thru a Forestry or Arborist association to get a value on the timber, and then approach a logging firm, or have the professional act as a go-between.
As already noted, the costs for felling and removing trees is high, and standing timber has to have a lot of value to make it worthwhile. There are people with portable sawmills that can cut your logs into lumber, they usually charge by the day, and the number of cuts made.

Tree services can cut the trees, and may remove the logs - but they charge for the work done. And it is not cheap, and they won't do it for free. Loggers can take down the trees, and remove the logs, but all the branches and "waste wood" is left behind.

The stumps are usually ground out by a separate contractor that specializes in this kind of work; even if you use a bulldozer to remove the stumps, this would be a separate contractor, and removal of the stumps from the site would be an added cost,.

I would NOT post an ad on Craigslist. While you might be supremely lucky and get a competent contractor the likelihood of this is very, very low. You want a company that is insured, knows what they are doing, is willing to sign a contract with you - so you and they are protected.

Getting the job done for free sounds like a great idea. But such a job would take weeks or months to complete, and what is the contractor doing for money, and paying his help and bills during this time? If he/she has to cut corners, a lawsuit against you for injuries will likely be the end result of going cheap.

Hire someone, and get the job done right. If you don't know anything about it, DONT do the job yourself. Felling trees is very, very dangerous.

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January 1, 2015

What is the average price paid for standing red oak and black walnut trees?

By Dixie

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January 1, 20151 found this helpful

Check this non-profit online site to start as there are many important factors you have not provided in your question:

mylandplan.org/how-to-measure-the-timber-value-of...

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January 5, 20150 found this helpful

There is no average price for trees because they can be sold in several different ways and there is no "average" tree.

There are a lot of sites on the Internet to help someone wishing to sell trees. You can try your question on Google - just be sure to put more information in the question than given here - especially your city/state.

If you are talking about just a few yard trees - be ready to pay to have them removed.

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September 24, 2014

I have 2 very large black walnut trees that I would like to sell for lumber.

By Michelle U.

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October 18, 20141 found this helpful

Do you still have the wood?

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November 24, 20140 found this helpful

I have one large walnut tree (80 ft. tall, 8ft in circ.) I would like to sell it for lumber but I don't know how. I am a disabled Marine and can sure need the money to pay bills and medical expenses.

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May 27, 2014

I have about a dozen mature trees on my property near Mountain in northeast Wisconsin that I need removed to construct a new home. All are 18"+ at the base and are tall and straight. They are white pine, hemlock, and black spruce. Is there significant value?

By Greg Z

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May 29, 20141 found this helpful

Hi - I have sold trees in Florida but I think you will have to check companies in your area for any information. Try looking for companies in your area and also your local or state agriculture department.

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January 9, 20150 found this helpful

I need to sell more than 100 trees in central Florida. Could you let me know who can I contact in this area since you sold yours in Florida?

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July 26, 2018

I have a large number of both pulp and trek trees that are over 30 years old on many acres of land. I want to know how to find a company who is interested in them for lumber.

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August 30, 2017

I have 4 big trees in my back yard. I was wondering if there were any companies out there that would pay me for the trees, I have oak and maple, I think.

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April 8, 2017

We just bought 10 acres of land and need to know who can clear it off and keep all tress and wood they cut. Who can I call and about how much do they charge?

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September 25, 2018

We have several large pine trees and a few oak trees that we must and need removed. Please help.

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June 17, 2017

I live in Northern California. I have 4 very large, old cedar trees in my yard that I would like to remove. They are healthy trees, and straight; just growing too close to the house. The trees are probably 70+ years old. A local tree trimmer want $16,000. to drop them and take them away. I'd like to sell the wood.

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March 28, 2017

I live in Charleston, Tennessee and we bought property that has huge trees on it. Some have been aged at over 300 years and some are 11 ft around. Does anybody cut and buy these?

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March 24, 2017

I have about 30-40 large 50-80 foot pines I need cut down. Is there anyone that can suggest how I find someone to buy them and come cut them down? I live in Magnolia, Texas.

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I have 26 tall pines on my lot out by Lake Conroe that I'd like to sell for lumber.

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August 8, 2016

Who buys trees in Muskegon Michigan for wood or lumber?

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We have about 5 to 6 acres of very tall and thick mostly pine trees. How much can I sell them for and who will buy them?

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April 21, 20161 found this helpful

Information re tree removal:

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 property 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.

*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract.

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.

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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January 25, 2016

I have a huge tree that needs to be cut down in my son's yard. I think it is oak. Is there anyone reading this that can advise me on this? Thank you!

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January 25, 20161 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 property 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.

*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract.

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.

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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September 28, 2015

I have 10 large pine tree. Is there anyone in the Hillsborough, Pasco county (Florida) area that would be willing to harvest the trees? They are just too large and I do not want them on the property.

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September 28, 20151 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 property 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.
*Frequently property owners may find they need an attorney to address the issues and prepare a contract.

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.

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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