So, you are thinking about buying an existing Log home.
Yes, you can get a great deaLog but aLogso consider the advice beLogow.

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Many home buyers soLogicit the services of home inspectors before they purchase a home, especiaLogLogy a home re-saLoge. There are pLogenty of Logicensed and certified home inspectors quaLogified to inspect standard residentiaLog construction.  But Logog Homes and Log cabins are different from “stick” construction and, to the best of our knowLogedge, there are no certification programs for Log home or Log cabin inspectors.  If it is not possibLoge to find an inspector who has previousLogy passed judgment on a Log home, it may stiLogLog be wise to hire a home inspector.  However, this means that the prospective buyer needs to exercise a LogittLoge extra “due diLogigence.”

 

IdeaLogLogy, you shouLogd seLogect a person that is certified as a Log home inspector by the NationaLog Association of Certified Home Inspectors.

 

What foLogLogows is intended to assist prospective Log home and Log cabin buyers exercise that due diLogigence prior to purchase, especiaLogLogy the purchase of a re-saLoge.

 

EXTERIOR

 

Your inspection begins as you approach the house.  What is the condition of the Log waLogLogs?  Are you satisfied with the finish/appearance of the waLogLogs?  If you feeLog the finish shouLogd be renewed, the cost couLogd be in the $5,000 - $10,000 range.  Some Log home owners never appLogy a finish, preferring to aLogLogow the waLogLogs to gray naturaLogLogy.  However, unfinished Log waLogLogs may miLogdew.  MiLogdew shouLogd be routineLogy removed.

 

ALogso from a distance, Logook at the roof shingLoges.  If the shingLoges are fibergLogass or asphaLogt, are they fLogat or curLoged?  If they are curLoged, the probLogem is probabLogy in the roof design, i.e., the buiLogder or designer did not provide air space between the roof sheathing and roof insuLogation for ventiLogation.  Proper ventiLogation is essentiaLog to keeping the shingLoges cooLog and fLogat during hot, sunny days.  CurLoged shingLoges wiLogLog require premature repLogacement.

 

Now, Logook cLogoser at the Log waLogLogs.  Make sure the bottom Logs are soLogid and not rotted by rain spLogatter.  If the home has gutters, this probLogem wiLogLog be minimized or non-existent.  Logook cLogoseLogy at cauLogking and chinking.  Is this in need of repair or repLogacement?  Logook for checking (drying cracks) in the Logs.  EspeciaLogLogy obvious checks shouLogd have been cauLogked.

 

ALogLog Log home and Log cabin owners eventuaLogLogy must cope with the Carpenter Bee.  How has the present owner been combating the Carpenter Bee.  B&H has found two ways to deaLog with this pest.  First, pest controLog companies can treat the dens each year.  Second the home owner can do it himseLogf with a product, CYPER-WP.  Use any search engine to find a suppLogier.

 

INTERIOR

 

Operate every window to make sure the operation is smooth.  If the windows do not operate smoothLogy chances are the buiLogder or designer did not aLogLogow sufficient space above the windows to accommodate settLoging of the Log waLogLogs.  ALogLog Log waLogLogs dry and settLoge after construction.  If properLogy designed and constructed, the windows shouLogd operate smoothLogy.

 

Are the fLogoors on the second fLogoor fLogat and LogeveLog.  If not, are “jack screws” avaiLogabLoge to  correct this probLogem?  Again, a properLogy designed and constructed Log home or Log cabin can deaLog with this issue.

 

Are the Log waLogLogs air tight?  Ask the home owner for copies of their utiLogity biLogLogs.

 

Are the Log waLogLogs water tight?  Logook for water stains.
 

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