How To Select the Perfect Log-Home Company

Use these questions to interview any log-home company you are interested in working with to build the log home of your dreams.

Log-Home Company Questionnaire Use these questions to interview any log-home company you are interested in working with to build the log home of your dreams. by: Log Home Design editorial staff questions for log-home companiesMaking sense of the log home-building process is a process itself. Use this questionnaire to sort through everything from species, to deposits to interior design services and everything in between. Be sure to print this out (and make copies) so that you can interview potential log-home partners at the next Log & Timber Home Show. If you want the original version of this worksheet, click on the image to the right and print it out. Good luck! Date: ________________ Company:_____________________ Location:______________________ Spoke with: _________________ Contact info:____________________ The Basics: What species do you use? Will it do well in my climate? _____________________________________________________________ What log styles and corner profiles do you use? _____________________________________________________________ Do you offer both full-log construction and log siding? _____________________________________________________________ What type of joinery and sealants do you use? _____________________________________________________________ Are your logs pre-cut/pre-drilled or will I need to have them cut at my site? _____________________________________________________________ Do you partner with any suppliers (window, door, hardware, woodcare, etc.)? _____________________________________________________________ Do you offer turnkey construction? _____________________________________________________________ Can you refer me to builders in my area? _____________________________________________________________ How does your company accommodate for shrinkage? _____________________________________________________________ Design Services: Do you specialize in a particular style of log home? _____________________________________________________________ Do you have architects or designers on staff? _____________________________________________________________ Can I customize your stock plans? (Request a catalog.) _____________________________________________________________ Do you offer interior design services? _____________________________________________________________ Will you visit my site to help with design or construction? _____________________________________________________________ Pricing: What does your basic package include? What upgrades are available? (Request a detailed materials list.) _____________________________________________________________ What’s not included that I’ll need to buy on my own? _____________________________________________________________ How much will freight cost? _____________________________________________________________ What’s your deposit, payment and refund policy? _____________________________________________________________ My total budget is $______. How do I know how much “house” I can afford? _____________________________________________________________ What strategies could help me save money? _____________________________________________________________ Quality Assurance: What does your warranty cover and for how long? _____________________________________________________________ Give me an example of a log home project that had some setbacks. How did you resolve those issues? _____________________________________________________________ Is there a phone number we can use to ask questions before, during and after construction? _____________________________________________________________ What’s the number one reason why we should choose your company over the others here today? _____________________________________________________________ Grade This Log-Home Company: YEARS IN BUSINESS: MEMBER OF LOG HOMES COUNCIL: RATE OVERALL KNOWLEDGE (A to F): RATE SERVICE/ATTITUDE: RATE FLOORPLAN SELECTION: RATE HOME STYLES/AESTHETICS: MORE DETAILS: Don't forget to jot down additional items like: Favorite floorplans, Model home locations, References, Upcoming events and Follow-up questions. find a log-home company
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