The recent period of expansion in the maple industry has seen both established operations grow and many new operations start from scratch. Some real estate listings of land include estimated potential taps. But how many of those taps are actually economically feasible to collect from? What are the important questions to ask before making an offer on a parcel? There was a time when the number, size, and density of tappable trees were the most important consideration for a sugar maker looking to purchase more property. Traditionally, a sugarhouse would be centrally located on the sugarbush so as to lessen the distance traveled when hauling sap. While the number one consideration when looking at a parcel of land is still the trees, sugar makers today often find themselves faced with several other important aspects of the property before making an offer. Some of the more common issues facing modern sugar makers are: Access to power, quality of road network, distance to improved road and topography. Like most real estate transactions, it comes down to an issue of value. In other words, does the asking price fairly reflect the value of the parcel for the purchasers intended use.