Things to Look For in A Timber Company
Dealing with timber is a serious business. Not only is timber and the products that come from it so vital to how we live today-- it's a resource that, if sustained correctly, can benefit mankind for generations to come. When it comes down to selling your timber to restructure your land, make room for something different, or pocket some cash, it's important to realize that not all timber companies are created equal. Located in the heart of Cochranton, PA, Green Ridge Forest Products is a full service timber company that sets the bar for quality timber companies statewide. We've specialized in sustainable timber management for decades, and our family owned and operated business is uniquely equipped and qualified to help with your timber needs. When it comes to things to look for in a timber company, we've got all of our bases covered. Whether you decide to go with us or another team for your Pennsylvania timber needs, these telltale signs will help you determine if you've made the right decision!
A value-oriented work ethic
Timber isn't an easy business, but there are a few companies that manage to slip through the cracks and game the system. Fortunately, you'll often be able to spot these companies by their work ethic. In negotiations with your chosen timber company, consider things like timeliness of response, the company's willingness to give you an estimate, and the estimated duration of the project. Many companies will attempt to impress customers by offering a guaranteed quote over the phone, without first checking your property and speaking to you about the history of your trees and their geographical area. This is a lazy, passive attempt to close a deal and hurry to the next, and can often spell trouble after your timber has been collected. Additionally, if a company takes forever to respond to you after you've expressed interest, there's a good chance that there's either too much on their plate to adequately help you, or they simply aren't encouraged to work with your land. You don't want either of those attitudes assisting you with such an important decision. Look for a company that puts your needs, questions, and concerns first. The company representative should go out of his or her way to accommodate what you're looking for, respond quickly and professionally, and practice an in-person appraisal policy-- so they can see your land before they make any sort of offer.
Pride in the craft
As with anything, timber management services are only as good as the people delivering them. When it comes to the timber industry here in Pennsylvania, little details go a long way. Consider whether your timber management company keeps its vehicles in good working order, whether loggers are clean, respectful, and timely, and just how knowledgeable the men and women that work for the company are. While your average timber management company may not know the ins and outs of timber and its sustainability, the company you want on your side is the one that knows the answer to just about every timber-related question you've got. Choosing to have your timber harvested is a big step to take, and it pays to have a team on your side that can help you weigh all of your options and make an informed decision.
A track record of excellence
When deciding which companies to use to sell your timber, it can be extremely valuable to research company backgrounds and track records to gauge which ones are right for you. Successful timber management companies have a history of strong collaborative work with land owners, paying fair prices for the timber they acquire, and maintaining solid partnerships with buyers and distributors in and around the region. Positive customer reviews and a high Better Business Bureau rating can also speak to the company's experience and excellence in the industry. While there's no such thing as a perfect company, it is possible to find a company that's produced great results for others looking to sell their timber-- and it's highly recommended!
At Green Ridge Forest Products, we're proud to have maintained an A+ BBB rating for years, along with a 5 star rating on Google. When you need the best in timber management services, look no further than our experienced, knowledgeable team!