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What are some tips for a homeowner selling trees?

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A tip for homeowners seeking to sell trees on their property is to obtain a written timber sale contract. Other tips include obtaining multiple offers and dealing with only bonded harvesting companies. Ensuring that harvesting service is familiar with property boundaries, follows existing laws and knows which trees to harvest may also be important concerns.

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Selling standing timber and tasking the buyer with the harvesting and processing is known as stumpage. Most home and property owners who choose to sell their trees do so as stumpage. Sales prices for stumpage are determined as either a lump sum or sale by unit. Lump sum payments are obtained in advance as a single payment for all trees cut and harvested. Such payments rely on the estimated volume of timer rather than the exact volume harvested. Selling stumpage by unit allows buyers to pay just for the trees and timber they wish to purchase.

Another tip is to contact a local forestry service. These services may provide landowners with a wealth of information related to growing and harvesting timber. Although service foresters do not oversee timber sales they may provide property owners with a list of timber buyers in their area. Hardwood trees such as birch, oak or mahogany are often the easiest to sell.

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