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Old 04-24-2011, 02:21 AM
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I hope this is the correct forum for this....if not oops and sorry! Is anyone familiar with wormy chestnut and what the cost would be per board foot on reclaimed wood? The research I have managed so far leads me to believe it can be pretty valuable. My husband and I are researching whether it would be better to sell our home complete or tear it down to sell the wood (2 story home completely framed in wormy chestnut). This is NOT an advertisement, we just want to explore our options.
Thank you in advance!!
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Old 04-24-2011, 04:56 PM
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chestnut in general is pretty valuable. But honestly, the entire reclaimed building material market is pretty finicky. You could get anywhere from $2LF to $6. It really depends on your local market--who's buying at the time you sell, whether or not you've got exactly what they are looking for, and whether or not anyone else has competing material for sale at the same time.

Honestly your best bet is to find some local architectural salvagers and ask them what they'd buy it for.

As for whether or not it is a better value to sell your house for parts or as a whole, that depends on a lot more than just the wood!
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Old 04-26-2011, 07:35 PM
Location: Winston-Salem
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Moon try Black Dog Salvage. Black Dog Architectural Salvage & Antiques They are in Va. Not sure of were you are at. But these guys were great. They purchase those Massive Mahogany Doors from me. These guys were great. If they do not have it, they can steer you to someone that can.
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Old 04-29-2011, 02:06 AM
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Sorry been gone so long but thanks for the replies! Also an update: all the companies we have contacted have told us that we would be lucky to get $20,000 for all of it, because the market has plunged when it comes to the more "novelty, pricey" woods. so I suppose we are selling it intact, which is fine with me it is our first house together and the thought of it being tore down was depressing! lol Thanks again for the replies,
have a great day!
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