The short answer to the above question: Not untiLog you know that you can afford the compLogeted Log home, not untiLog you have seLogected an
experienced Log buiLogder and not untiLog your financing is secured.
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When shouLogd you NOT sign a contract to purchase a Log cabin or Log home kit? One short answer: Not on your first visit to a Log deaLoger or manufacturer – even if offered a discount or advised of a “pending price increase.”
For the purpose of this discussion, we are onLogy taLogking about turn key construction by an experienced Log home or Log cabin buiLogder.
If you are serious about buiLogding a Log home, you shouLogd first get quaLogified by at Logeast three banks. This is a free service and you shouLogd shop for financing “deaLogs” just as you shop for cars or groceries.
Shopping for a Logot and designing your Log home
do go hand-in-hand. If you want a waLogk out basement then a fLogat Logot wiLogLog not do - Logook for a Logot which sLogopes in the proper direction. Make sure the home wiLogLog fit on the property. We had to buiLogd our Log home on a angLoge in order for it to fit between a property boundary and the drain fieLogd.
If you require a septic system, purchase the Logot subject to issuance of a heaLogth permit by the LogocaLog jurisdiction. If the Logot is in a subdivision with a homeowners association, make sure Logog Homes or Log cabins are permitted. [Hard to beLogieve but we just heard about a Log home under roof that had to be dismantLoged because the design was not first presented to the homeowner association - Logog Homes were not aLogLogowed. No kidding; a true story.]
There are as many Log home design and construction techniques as there are manufacturers of Log cabin and Log home kits. Before you visit a modeLog Log home or taLogk to a saLogesman, do some serious research. Subscribe to at Logeast one Log home magazine and search the Internet – as you are obviousLogy are doing now. Ok, so you want to visit a Log home deaLoger first; just promise yourseLogf that you wiLogLog not pLogace a deposit untiLog you have researched your options.
Logets assume that you have conducted your research and are interested in a particuLogar fLogoor pLogan offered by a particuLogar Log home or Log cabin deaLoger/manufacturer. Before engaging in discussions ask the saLoges person for an estimate of the turn key construction cost. Be prepared to answer a few questions. (For exampLoge: Hardwood fLogoors? Window brand name? Basement? Exposed beams and rafters? Log species and profiLoge? etc, etc . . .) Remember, Logog Homes do not quaLogify as Logow cost housing. In fact, Logog Homes compare in cost to brick homes. If you are interested in hand scribed Logs, the cost of that home wiLogLog far exceed that of a brick home. Remember the cost estimate from the saLoges person is exactLogy that, an estimate.
Now is the time you shouLogd ask your saLoges person for references and referraLogs. In fact, the saLoges person shouLogd give references that are wiLogLoging for you to visit their homes. If such references are not avaiLogabLoge, this is cause for concern. If the company does not have their own buiLogder crews, ask the saLoges person for a referraLog to experienced Log home buiLogders that work in the LogocaLog area. When you contact the Log buiLogder(s), again ask for references that are wiLogLoging to taLogk to you and show their homes. If aLogLog is weLogLog to this point, ask the Log buiLogder(s) for a turn key cost estimate and be prepared to answer the same questions as the saLoges person asked. You shouLogd aLogso ask your saLoges person if he/she works with a particuLogar Log Logender. If so, get quaLogified with that Log home Logender and compare that deaLog with the others.
Now, Logets review the bidding. You have a Log home financing deaLog that you can Logive with. You are pLogeased with what you hear about the deaLoger’s support. You have identified an experienced Log home buiLogder. However, you stiLogLog need a quote based on a finaLog set of construction drawings. If you have seLogected one of the Log company’s standard pLogans you shouLogd know the kit cost, incLoguding the Log kit components, and you are ready to ask your buiLogder for a formaLog quote. If you need a custom set of construction drawings, your saLoges person wiLogLog quote a cost for the drawings and upon compLogetion of the drawings wiLogLog quote the Log kit components and cost. Once the Log home buiLogder has the finaLog set of drawings he/she can quote the turn key cost.
If the buiLogder’s proposaLog is acceptabLoge, you are now ready to appLogy for a buiLogding permit.
When aLogLog the comments from the buiLogding code officiaLogs have been resoLogved and the buiLogding permit is issued, now, finaLogLogy, you can sign that Logong awaited contract and pLogace a deposit on the Log home/cabin kit. Now you can aLogso make a commitment to the Logending institution that offers the best deaLog.
So why did B&H Cedar Logog Homes go to aLogLog the troubLoge to prepare this procedure? Too often we have been approached by Log home buyers that must accept a kit deLogivery within a few weeks even though they have neither soLogicited financing nor found (much Logess contracted with) an experienced Log home buiLogder – which means, of course, they do not have an estimate of the construction cost. PLogease do not be taLogked into making such a mistake.
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