Finding Log Home Builders
The relationship between you and builder should be one of trust & comfort. You must be able to trust your builder and feel comfortable with the choice you made.
Avalon Log Homes partners with only exceptional quality builders and holds them to strict standards of quality and conduct. Unlike most companies, Avalon's extensive network of authorized dealers is comprised of mostly seasoned builders. As an Avalon Log Homes homeowner, you can be assured that our builders are some of the finest in the business. Prospective log homeowners who are currently sourcing qualified builder should consider the following guide courtesy of Log Home Solutions (www.loghomesolutions.com).
Ask for reference and check them out
Thoroughly investigate at least 3-4 references for each builder you consider. The references should consist of the builders' clients for whom he/she has built homes for in the past 5 years.
Simply phoning to ask a few questions is not enough. Arrange to visit the homes of the references, so you can check for the signs of good construction detailed below. It is important to interview the builders' references without the presence of the builder. This will allow the references to speak more candidly.
Important Questions You Should Ask the References
- Did the overall project run smoothly?
- If not, what went wrong?
- Did the project finish on schedule and If not, what held it up?
- Were the initial estimates accurate?
- If the project was over budget, where and why?
- Was the builder helpful in solving budget or layout problems?
- Was your builder helpful in making suggestions or proposing solutions to problems?
- If so, were his explanations clear and logical?
- Have you had any major problems with the house during the time you've occupied it?
- If there has been a problem, did the builder follow up with you in a timely manner?
- When visiting the homes of the references, make sure you check the following:
- Doors & Windows - Do they open and shut with ease and are there problems with leakage?
- Interior & Exterior Corners - Does everything fit together and are they absent of large gaps?
- Chinking - Is the chinking uniform and smooth or is it pulling away from the logs?
- Floors - Do the floors squeak when you walk?
- Roof - Are there signs of leakage?
Check the builder's credentials
Although there are many good builders who do not affiliate themselves with industry organizations, it is a question you should ask. If they are, this allows you the ability to check with that organization and see if the builder is in good standing. Your decision on which builder to select should not be based on this type of credential alone. You should also check with your States' Attorney General Office about the perspective builder or company.
Select an experienced builder
Your log home may be your lifetime dream, but it can turn into a nightmare quickly. There may be a new builder in town, but before you hire them check out their building references.
How many log homes have they been involved in and how many years have they been building log homes?
There is nothing wrong with new builders as long as they have verifiable credentials in the log building industry. Choose someone with proven experience.
Ask the builder how often they will be onsite
You are paying for the builder's time and attention. An acceptable amount of presence on the job site is 2-3 days and an Ideal situation would have him/her on your job site every day. If having the builder's presence on your job site everyday is important to you, then you should hire a builder with a small company of 25 employees or less.