Friday, March 9, 2012
The Business of Forestlands
Know that a Consulting Forester might offer a free consultation; however, legitimate professionals who are working for you and for your best interest will charge for additional services. There is a great chance that anyone who offers to manage the details of your land for free is being paid by someone else and is working on behalf of someone else (a sawmill or a logging company, for example). Beware that they are probably up to something sneaky!
Don’t succumb to high pressure to sell your timber. Fear tactics have worked the best in the past with the agenda to swindle landowners into making deals. Rest assured that if someone solicits you and diagnoses your timber as being worthless while at the same time being willing to buy it from you, there is only one response that you should give. Say, “Thanks but, no thanks!” and give the quickest goodbye that you can give. If it’s possible that your timber is in fact bug filled, disease filled, or quickly losing value for some reason, consult with three trustworthy professionals to get a proper diagnosis and solution that will best benefit you.
Always have a lawyer review the contracts that you hope to make before you sign them. No matter how knowledgeable you are, it never hurts to have a legal professional guiding you through the process of your business deal. Additionally, your lawyer will do research on the actual company that you plan to do business with, via methods and resources that you may not have access to. This will help to weed out the imposters while protecting your property and your finances.
Finally, if you’re a landowner of forestland(s) who is all together leery of the doing business in the timber industry and seek to sell your land, contact Lucas Properties LLC for further details on how to sell your land.