Any major purchase is stressful. The idea that as soon as you commit to a choice, it will be difficult — if not impossible — to change your mind can send even the most decisive buyer into a second-guessing frenzy. Buyer’s remorse is NOT something you envision in your dream-home scenario. With hundreds of log home manufacturers and handcrafters from which to choose, how do you know which one is right for you?
The differences among log home companies go well beyond the looks of their homes. Each one offers diverse floor plans, wood species, log styles, components and other factors that go into determining the finished home. Each company believes that its way reigns supreme and does its level best to convince you as to why you should choose their method over another. It can feel overwhelming, so here are our top 10 tips to help you simplify that choice:
Having a clear vision of how you want your log home to look, feel and flow is important and will be a key contributor in helping you whittle down options. Most log home producers specialize in a handful of log species or profiles. So if you know you want full-round logs made of Douglas fir, you’ve automatically eliminated any companies who can’t offer that product. Establish your priorities before you start looking.
Once you have a manageable list, it’s time to dig in and do your homework. Read everything you can get your hands on: websites, brochures, catalogs and plans books. This research will help you gain a deeper understanding of a company’s philosophy, business practices, services and performance. By getting a feel for each prospect, you should be able to narrow your choices down to three or four options.