If a builder is having an open house or is displaying a project on a home-and-garden tour, sign up. Not only are these a lot of fun and a bounty of great ideas, they will provide a firsthand look at the quality of his finished product.
You’d read reviews on a travel web site before you’d book a hotel, right? Your log home is much more permanent than an overnight stay. Check out log home builder candidates’ past work and talk to their past customers for some honest reviews. Ask questions like, “Was he easy to work with?” or “Did he stay on schedule and within budget?” If you learn about long delays or a revolving door of subcontractors, keep looking.