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How do I sell my timber? Holstine Forestry Consulting - How to sell your standing timber

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Selling standing timber can be a great way to generate income from your land. However, it is important to do your research and follow the proper steps in order to get the best possible price.


Here are some tips on how to sell standing timber:


  1. Hire a professional forester. The first step is to get an accurate timber valuation from a professional forester.

  2. Do your research on the market. Once you know the value of your timber, you need to do some research on the market to see what buyers are willing to pay. You can do this by talking to other landowners, reading industry publications, or checking online timber sale listings.

  3. Choose the right buyer. There are a variety of different buyers who may be interested in your timber. Some buyers are looking for specific types of wood, while others are willing to buy a variety of species. It is important to choose a buyer who is willing to pay a fair price for your timber and who will be good stewards of the land.

  4. Negotiate a contract. Once you have found a buyer, you need to negotiate a contract. The contract should specify the price, the terms of payment, and the timeline for logging. It is also important to include a clause that allows you to terminate the contract if the buyer does not meet their obligations.

  5. Monitor the logging operation. Once the contract is signed, it is important to monitor the logging operation to make sure that it is being done in a safe and responsible manner. You should also make sure that the buyer is meeting their obligations under the contract.


By following these tips, you can sell your standing timber for a fair price and avoid any problems. A consulting forester can help you every step of the way.


Here are some additional tips:

  • Be patient. It may take some time to find the right buyer for your timber. Don't be afraid to walk away from a deal if you're not happy with the terms.

  • Be prepared to negotiate. The buyer is likely to try to negotiate the price down. Be prepared to negotiate in order to get the best possible price for your timber.

  • Get everything in writing. Make sure that all of the terms of the sale are in writing and that you have a copy of the contract. This will protect you in case there are any problems down the road.


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How to sell your standing timber


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