Timber sales brokerage is our most requested forestry service. Landowners retain our brokerage services to prepare and market their standing timber in the hardwood market. Our brokerage begins with a timber inventory and appraisal to gather the necessary information for putting the timber tract to market. When marketing the tract we work with the seller to prepare the terms of sale. We then advertising the sale to the forest industry to market the standing timber on a competitive basis. This can be done by taking purchase proposals, sealed bids or negotiation. Once an agreeable price and purchase terms are reached we provide sale closing services to complete the process.
Not to be a wise acre, but the true question is what is the cost of not using a market experienced forester to prepare, sale and merchandise your standing timber in the market? Obviously we can’t tell you a direct cost comparison until we know your timber and your previous timber purchase offers, in any. Typically 99% of the time, landowners lose money on their sale by not going with a forester working for them. Money lost , or better termed as, timber sale market opportunities not fully gained, can be small or substantial, being in the tens of thousands of dollars.
In our experience there isn’t really a bad time to sell timber as long as the markets are good and active. Timber buyers purchase standing timber all throughout the year. Just because a tract of timber is purchased in the summer or winter doesn’t mean it will immediately be logged. Buyers purchase many tracts of timber on an annual basis and these tracts go into their “standing timber inventory” to be logged often within a 12 to 24 month window.
Kanawha Forestry does not purchase standing timber but Kanawha Forestry is part of our larger WVLandCo network of land and forest services and marketplaces. If you request a timber purchase offer and contract from Kanawha Forestry we may still work with you as the intermediary and facilitator for a potential timber purchase contact from a buyer.