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Pricing timber

Postby ijdickinson » Mon Jul 13, 2015 10:51 pm

I've been offered some silver birch that's going to be cut down in a month's time or so. I haven't seen the trees yet, but the owner says that they're both about 27ft tall. The owner doesn't know how much she wants for the timber. How would I go about calculating a fair price to offer her?

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Re: Pricing timber

Postby Robin Fawcett » Wed Jul 15, 2015 5:17 pm

Difficult one Ian. If you are going to be cutting down the trees and removing the arisings then that in itself would be more than adequate payment. If not go in low, offer firewood price (although Birch in my opinion isn't even a good firewood)
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Re: Pricing timber

Postby ijdickinson » Wed Jul 15, 2015 7:33 pm

Thanks Robin. I won't be felling the trees (I have my Lantra 1 for cross-cutting, but felling, especially near to houses, is something I'll definitely leave to the specialists!), but I will be harvesting at least some of the product. Good suggestion though - I don't want to be unfair to the vendor, but I don't think she's going to find many other offers.
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Re: Pricing timber

Postby Bob_Fleet » Thu Jul 16, 2015 6:46 pm

The fellers will probably give two quotes if it is a large tree.
One where they keep the timber and one where they don't.
The difference is usually derisory but might give the owner an idea of 'worth' for the timber.

If they are smaller then it may be that they charge even more for 'site clearance' but that will include the small branches and the like too.
That way they might even pay you to take some.

Be interesting to hear how you get on.
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Re: Pricing timber

Postby ijdickinson » Fri Jul 17, 2015 9:26 pm

Thanks Bob. I'll post again when we sort something out!

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