Property Enhancement Checklist

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Not only will your ownership be more productive and enjoyable, but tending to the items on this list will also make your property more attractive to a potential buyer if you decide to sell.

  • Manage your understory. Keeping your understory under control improves aesthetics, crop tree growth, and recreational usage while reducing the cost of many management activities.
    Cabarrus County North Carolina before and after understory control.
    Before and after understory control.
  • Keep roads and trails maintained. Good access is essential for viewing, managing, and utilizing a property.
  • Maintain property boundaries by posting and painting.
    North Carolina Purple "No Trespass" Mark
    North Carolina Purple “No Trespass” Mark
  • Have quality maps for your property. A complete map file should include surveys, aerials, topography, and soils maps with overlays showing roads, trails, timber types, streams, ponds, and any other significant features. Digital versions are a must.
    Aerial Photograph. Color, contrast, and sharpness enhanced with graphics software.
    Aerial Photograph. Color, contrast, and sharpness enhanced with graphics software.
    USGS Topography
    USGS Topography
    Lidar Terrain Map. Useful for detecting features not visible on topographic maps.
    Lidar Terrain Map. Useful for detecting features not visible on topographic maps.

     

  • Have a woodland management plan. A good plan will include detailed stand descriptions, volumes, values, objectives, and a projected timber harvest/revenue timeline. If you meet ownership requirements, having a plan will also help qualify you for an agricultural property tax rate.
Tim Cartner and Keeper
Tim Cartner and Keeper

About Tim Cartner

Tim is a forester, real estate agent, and avid outdoorsman. When he is not managing clients’ woodland, you will find him hiking, trail running, reading, or woodworking. Motto: “Never get too comfortable–there is always room for improvement.”