1. How much is my timber worth?

  • Every tract of timber has a different value. The obvious reason is that each tract is different due to different ages, species, and grade of the trees. Also, each tract will have a different mileage to the mill, so freight rates will vary from tract to tract. The only way to determine the value of a tract of timber is to actually evaluate it on the ground.

2. Is that the best you can pay?

  • When we make an offer, it is based on many factors. As mentioned in FAQ 1, freight is a prime consideration. Also, another consideration is whether the timber is standing on soil that can be logged during the winter or summer. Trees that can be logged during the winter are more valuable.
  • We never low-ball our offer. We offer a fair market value that we believe is a win-win for you and us.
  • We never slash logging rates in order to buy a tract of timber. Our loggers do such a high quality job that it is counterproductive to cut their pay in order to pay a little more. Quality is worth something.

3. I know that you can't say for sure over the phone, but what would one acre be worth? I won't hold you to it.

  • It is unfair to seek pricing, sight unseen--over the phone, for a tract of timber. We are always more than glad to meet you on your timberland in order to assess the value.
  • In my experience, no one forgets a phone estimate, and it becomes the value by which a landowner is making judgements.
  • Most of the time, when a landowner is asking for pricing, sight unseen--over the phone, they already have a price and they are trying to judge whether or not they have a fair offer in hand.

4. What is the market right now? Are prices up or down?

  • In general, markets are up in the winter and down in the summer. This is inventory driven and will fluctuate based on whether it is wet or dry.
  • Sometimes prices are down during the winter because of dry conditions and high inventories.
  • Sometimes prices are up in the summer, ie summer 2013, because of wet conditions and low inventories.

5. When will you start harvesting?

  • We carry an inventory of tracts to harvest. We try to accommodate special requests as much as possible, but in general, each tract has at least one to two years on the contract.
  • Weather conditions, markets, and current working location will determine when we can get to yours.

6. I have another company that has offered just a little bit more. How much more can you pay?

  • Every buyer can always pay a little more, but how much more is it going to take--5 cents, 10 cents, 50 cents per ton--or $500, $1000, etc? Like I mentioned in FAQ 2 c, we never cut our logging rates in order to offer more money.
  • All of us are pretty much using the same mill prices, so there is only so much any one buyer can offer. The thing you have to ask yourself is, "What kind of job am I going to get?" I believe that you get what you bargain for when it comes to logging.

7. What about my roads?

  • We guarantee the roads. If there is any damage, we will fix it.

8. How do I know if I am getting paid for every load?

  • We provide load sheets, mill scale tickets, and detailed settlements when we pay you.
  • We always encourage the landowner to watch the job, count the loads, and even hide cameras if they are so inclined.
  • We are absolutely transparent in all that we do--we never have anything to hide.
  • You can check the load sheet at any time--it is always accessible on the job.

9. What is the difference between a forestry consultant and The Timber Company?

  • A consultant charges a fee to administer the sale. Usually on thinnings, most charge 10% of the per ton price. For lump sum sales, the percentage may be smaller.
  • A consulting forester in North Carolina is a registered forester. 
    • ​I am a registered forester but not a consultant.
  • We do not charge a fee. We make the same money whether you use a consulting forester or directly use us.

10. What is the next step after we talk? I have never sold timber before and I'm not sure what to do next.

  • I have written an article detailing the process. You can click here to access that information.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Timber Company, LLC Blending Forestry and Logging

102 West Nash/Suite C, Louisburg, NC 27549