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Q We in­her­ited 40 acres of land, in­clud­ing a huge old barn and sev­eral old farm build­ings. We’d like to sell the barn wood, but haven’t a clue where to start. Any sug­ges­tions?

A Be­fore you can sell the wood, you first have to dis­man­tle the struc­ture and turn the tim­bers into a mar­ketable com­mod­ity, ac­cord­ing to Karl Kir­ven, pres­i­dent of Barn­storm­er­swood in Gil­son, Illi­nois (barn­storm­er­swood.com). You need to “get the wood stacked on the ground, de-nailed, end trimmed and counted, with the wood species iden­ti­fied,” Karl says. The rub: The cost for a pro­fes­sional to do this can be pricey and could be more than the lum­ber is worth.

If you can get your tim­bers to this point with­out break­ing the bank, do an on­line search for “barn wood” to find lo­cal com­pa­nies and con­tact them to find a buyer. Send an email that in­cludes the wood species and amount of good wood (read: not rot­ted) with pic­tures of the stacked tim­bers at­tached.

You can also try sell­ing the whole barn by post­ing an ad on stick­trade.com or on Karl’s web site. An­other op­tion: hire a lo­cal com­pany that will take the barn off your hands, keep­ing the lum­ber as pay­ment.

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