Choosing a professional logger is one of the most important steps you'll take when selling your timber. But other important factors are involved as well. Here are some ideas that can help you make intelligent, well-thought-out decisions. The timber on your land may well represent one of the largest financial transactions you'll ever make. It is a complex undertaking that you must plan for in advance. Don't make the mistake of selling your timber without first giving serious thought to what you intend to do with your land in the future. These steps will help ensure this process will be as painless and as profitable as possible.
Make sure you know where your boundary lines are, so you don't end up harvesting your neighbor's trees. If you are uncertain about the location of the lines, it's best to work with a surveyor.
If there is a mortgage on your land, will the holders of the mortgage release the timber for sale? Most likely they will, perhaps with a provision that they receive a part of the proceeds. Be sure to obtain the mortgage holders' written permission before selling any timber. Be aware, too, of anything else that might prevent you from having clear title to the land and the trees.
Determine what areas of your forest will be open to cutting. The boundaries of those areas should be clearly marked - Flagged, painted, or blazed. Fences or fields can form borders. Be sure to mark clearly any areas you want to remain off-limits, and clearly communicate those limits to the logging contractor.