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Old 03-15-2009, 11:31 PM
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I have about 3 acres of land near Southern Wake County. It is currently heavily wooded. Does anybody know how much it would cost (estimate) to clear out about an acrea. It is all flat if that makes a difference. Thankxs
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:05 AM
Location: Cary
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You'd probably get better info from the people actually doing the work. A few phone calls should give you a nice ballpark price, then you could come back here and ask for people's opinions on specific companies. Seems like a large job!

Tree removal - Garner area
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:43 AM
Location: Asheville, NC
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Also, if the lumber is any good, you can sell it to offset the cost.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:31 PM
Location: Cary
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In our 2009 economy, since new construction starts have slowed, milled lumber is at a surplus and prices are depressed. (check prices at your local "big box" home improvement center for 2X4's and OSB as a benchmark). In my opinion, this would NOT be the best time to clear acreage with the hope of recouping costs by selling standing timber. But, it may be months (years) until the lumber surplus is consumed and prices for standing timber increase if you are hoping to sell the timber to offset some of the costs.

However, since many tree removal crews are slow this Winter, some tree removal prices have fallen. (No pun intended) Most companies offer a discount for removals prior to the sap rising, buds/leaves forming, and return of the canopy because the trees weigh less, are easier to handle, transport, and disposal fees are less. You should expect prices to increase to market levels for tree removals in the next couple of months.

Regardless of the season we still have equipment costs, insurance, and maintenance expense to cover. But, it is ALWAYS better for a piece of equipment to be in use rather than sitting still. Most companies will make a site visit to assess the terrain, species, and density of area to be cleared before quoting a firm price.

Access and landing zone area determines time, which determines cost.

Last edited by J. Trent Hicks; 03-16-2009 at 12:32 PM.. Reason: grammar correction
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:48 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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If you are looking for somebody to do it, I have a friend that own a business that does exactly this. Let me know if you need his contact info.
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