DIY or Go Pro?
Putting the right team in place is essential to a well-built log home.
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.