We are thinking about looking on the existing-log-home market. I would appreciate any advice you may have for when we start shopping around.
Make sure the foundation is at least 3 feet above ground. (protects against splash back, and rot) Roof overhangs should be at least 2 ft. Look for checking (cracks on top of exterior logs, make sure they have been filled in, that can trap water and rot a log) Look for rotten logs. Open doors and windows, to make sure they have not been bound up from the log home settling. There are log homes out there, that are in foreclosure. You may want to check those out, but check out how long they have been empty. Remember, when you purchase a log home, there is a lot of upkeep. You have to re-stain every 5 to 7 years. I would look at a ranch, it is easier all the way around, with heating and cooling, to up-keep. Make sure those log corners look good. Hopefully you will find your log home that is built correctly, and you will have many happy years in a log home. I've been in mine since 1990. It is nice but like I said it is also work. Of course if you can afford a few thousand every 5 to 7 years for someone else to re-stain, your set. I like staining my own, because I want it done right. Good luck in your endeavors. any questions feel free to email me.
Recently we renovate our log home. WE did it by own except for kitchen works. Our kitchen countertop was too old and its very difficult to work on it. We replaced our existing concrete slab with Granite countertops Keystone. Rest of the renovation work is not too tough, they just need simple refinishing.