Pretty common, but there is a better way.
I would be more than happy to help in any way I can.
We would need to know your likes, area you are building (it does make a difference)
when choosing the log profile. We can provide what ever you want.
From reading all the responses it appears that even the home buyers have varing opinions.
The key is not to be pressured, and do the research.
I know exactly what you mean. You go to a log home show and one guy tells you his method is the best and at the next booth that guy tells you his method is the best and that all other reps are lying to you. Then you go to the third booth and he tells you that the first two guys were lying to you. Then you talk to builders and you hear a similar tune from just about all of them: "If you don't go with me you're sacrificing quality."
I'm not sure I can offer any advice for builders, but one thing that seems to make sense when licking a log home company is to stick with companies that have been around 25-30 years. If you do that I can't say that you will be guaranteed of not getting jacked around, but I think that many of the companies. who aren't reputable will have fallen by the wayside by then.
Well we really hit a nerve here. I recommend hochstetler milling.419-994-4758 AMISH get away from the usual.
What you have said here is very true. Talking about your experience, on this forum, now has opened you up to pesty sales people. Sales people who use this forum to pitch their log home system, (which each says theirs is the best) LOL Sales people who use this forum (FOR FREE ADVERTISING) which I feel cheapens their businesses even more, then badmouthing their competition. My advice to you is: Check the BBB, court records, attorney general sites, bankruptcy records, etc..... before you do business with anyone. And always remember, never pay anyone, not even the log home manufacturer, until you have the product on your property and you have inspected it. If a manufacturer wants you business, they will work with a letter of commitment from your bank.
I would also check out EZMARY. She thinks she has expertise in all areas. Take what she says with a grain of salt. Talk to a professional if you want good advice.