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How to Sell a Cedar Tree for Wood

By Elton Dunn ; Updated July 21, 2017
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While a cedar tree can be a lovely addition to your yard, there are plenty of valid reasons for wanting to get rid of the tree. Maybe it blocks sunlight from your yard. Maybe you don't want to rake the leaves or worry about the tree getting damaged in a storm. Whatever your reason, you can sell your cedar tree for wood by doing a little homework.

Measure the diameter of your tree's trunk using a measuring tape. Estimate the height of the tree's trunk. These measurements will have a direct impact on the value of your cedar tree.

Contact a forester or arborist in your area, which can be found by contacting your county extension office. You'll want to get at least one appraisal by a forester or arborist about your tree's worth.

Discuss the estimate with the forester to make sure you understand why she valued the tree the way she did. Ask her if she can recommend a buyer. Since you have only one tree, a lumber company will likely not be interested.

Arrange additional appraisals if you want. This way, you'll get a clear picture of the maximum and minimum profit you can hope to make.

Research wood workers, artisans, carpenters, artists and furniture makers in your community. Cedar wood is fragrant and lovely, which ups its value for craftsmen. Let these people know you would like to sell a cedar tree.

Invite interested parties to view the tree. Discuss the tree's removal. If the cedar tree is fairly small, you can likely dig it up. For a larger tree, you'll want to hire someone to dig it up and process it. Who is going to pay, and will removal costs drive down your price?

Draw up a simple contract when you have found a buyer that addresses any questions related to payment, removal and access to your property for tree removal.


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A successful website writer since 1998, Elton Dunn has demonstrated experience with technology, information retrieval, usability and user experience, social media, cloud computing, and small business needs. Dunn holds a degree from UCSF and formerly worked as professional chef. Dunn has ghostwritten thousands of blog posts, newsletter articles, website copy, press releases and product descriptions. He specializes in developing informational articles on topics including food, nutrition, fitness, health and pets.