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How do we obtain an honest appraisal of the value

This is in regard to your September 18, 2002 article in the Columbus Dispatch about black walnut trees. We have four approximately 30-40 feet high black walnut trees on an investment rental property (the house was built in 1940). How do we obtain an honest appraisal of the value of the trees and how do we choose a reputable company to harvest the trees? What ways can we personally estimate the value of the trees? How is the cost of cutting the trees level with the ground (or below ground level?) and hauling away the trees taken into consideration in the purchase price? The property is located in Columbus, Ohio. Thank you for your assistance. Jean

Your best bet is to contact a commercial or consulting forester in your area. The OHio DNR can provide a list of names. They can handle the sale for you for a commission; however, it will difficult to find buyers willing to undertake the risk of cutting down trees near a building. The assumption always is that there is metal inside the tree which can damage saws and blades. Plus, your trees may not be large enough to interest potential buyers.

Best regards,

Steve Jones