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.