DIY or Go Pro?

Putting the right team in place is es­sen­tial to a well-built log home.

Log Home Living - - 2018 ANNUAL BUYER'S GUIDE -

Act­ing as your own gen­eral con­trac­tor ap­peals to more than a few log home buy­ers, and many take on this task with great suc­cess. But for most, build­ing your own log home will be a “learn as you go” process, open­ing up the door for costly mis­takes — not nec­es­sar­ily the smartest or most ef­fi­cient way to build your dream home.

Li­censed con­trac­tors and ex­pe­ri­enced builders know what they’re do­ing and with whom they’re deal­ing. Plus, they al­ready have es­tab­lished re­la­tion­ships with skilled sub­con­trac­tors, know­ing ex­actly who they trust (and who they don’t) to do the best job for you.

Be­cause builders have on­go­ing re­la­tion­ships with sup­pli­ers and subs, they’re also able to get bet­ter deals, since there’s a greater chance of re­peat busi­ness than there is with an owner/builder.

These are a few rea­sons why most log home buy­ers to hire an ex­pe­ri­enced builder. But where do you find such a sea­soned pro?

Start with your log home man­u­fac­turer. Some reps sim­ply sell homes while oth­ers of­fer con­struc­tion ser­vices in ad­di­tion to sales. These folks are com­monly called “builder-deal­ers,” and they fre­quently of­fer ex­tra ben­e­fits, like mod­els and client home tours, so you can per­son­ally see and touch their prod­uct. They can act as your li­ai­son with the man­u­fac­turer’s draft­ing de­part­ment dur­ing the de­sign phase, and al­most all of them pro­vide ser­vice af­ter the sale, help­ing to ar­range ev­ery­thing from your log pack­age de­liv­ery to fi­nanc­ing as­sis­tance.

Note that some log home man­u­fac­tur­ers don’t main­tain a builder-dealer net­work, pre­fer­ring to han­dle ev­ery­thing from their head­quar­ters, and that’s ok. Un­der this ar­range­ment, the log home provider may of­fer builder rec­om­men­da­tions or des­ig­nate tech­ni­cal ad­vis­ers to travel to your site to as­sist the builder you hire (or you) with the log pack­age assem­bly.

Just re­mem­ber that clear com­mu­ni­ca­tion and a de­tailed out­line of ex­pec­ta­tions are the keys to a suc­cess­ful log home build, no mat­ter who puts it to­gether.

En­lis­ing the ser­vices of an ex­pe­ri­enced builder will not only make sure your home is struc­turally sound, it could save you money in un­ex­pected places.

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