Home Inspection Strategies to Consider Before Purchasing a Log Home

by Arslan Hassan

There is no place like your own sweet home. Thus, when buying a permanent residence, we always look for the best. It is a place where we want to return at the end of every day, where we want to spend the rest — or a portion — of our lives. For this reason, most people prefer opting for a log home; feels warm, welcoming and gives you a sense of closeness to nature.

However, log homes can also become the existential faces of the saying, “appearances are often deceptive.” They might look perfect from the outside, but you should carefully inspect to see if the case remains the same inside-out. Here, we have listed seven strategies to consider before purchasing a log home. Hence, helping you ensure that your money gets invested in the right place.

1.    Visit the Site

As mentioned above, log homes can look deceptive from the exterior. To confirm that they are perfect for living inside-out, you need to pay a closer look at the details. Therefore, schedule and visit the site in-person, along with a professional log-home expert.

You must also check that the expert you are going with has a good reputation and the required experience. The professional will assess the condition of logs and give you beneficial suggestions using his understanding of the different aspects of living in a log home.

2.    Check the Roof

Take a look at the roof overhangs and check if they are deep enough to protect the logs from the weather. Ideally, it should be eighteen inches to two feet.

3.    Look for Insect Damage

Wood-boring insects such as carpenter bees can bring damage to the house. Although they do not eat the wood, they excavate it and build their nests. Ultimately, this makes the place insect-infested and weak. To check for signs of any insects, see for dime-sized uniform holes with sawdust right beneath its opening.

To eradicate any doubt, look for yellow/brown stains caused by excrement, which they deposit below the entry holes. Also, check all the decks and roof overhangs. If there are any signs of mildew, droppings, white powder, the house likely has a nest of invasive insects.  Or, it might be rotting from the inside as some insects feed on decaying food as well.

4.    Access the Flashing

Flashing, when installed correctly, can make decks last long and look great. Thus, check the flashing used in between the decks. If not done correctly, it can prove troublesome.

5.    Query about the Stain

Query the owners and find out about the stain used on the exterior side of the logs, if possible. You must also find out if the owners carried out regular maintenance over the years. Stains protect the log surface from UV damage as well as insects and pests. Hence, if the exterior is not stained, it becomes prone to harm and destruction. To check if the stain is applied and functional, lightly spray some water on the log surface. If the water looks like beads, you are good to go. However, if it gets absorbed, then the stain does not function anymore.

6.    Ensure there is no Rot

Take note that logs can rot out if any of the following are in the drip line of a roof:

  • Steps
  • Decks
  • Propane tanks
  • Woodpiles

Cracks wider than 1/16 an inch and not caulked allow moisture to penetrate through the logs. Eventually, causing them to rot, which weakens the structure.

7.    Check the Weather Protection Structure

For this, ensure that the log crowns (ends) prevent water from flowing off to the roof. You can check this by seeing that they extend ahead of the roofline. Also, note that the logs are not touching the soil or grass. The presence of gutters and downspouts is also essential. All of these protect the log house against moisture, water, and weather damage.

Take note that if properly maintained, log homes can last for generations. Thus, it becomes necessary to see if the house is maintained. And also, if you can continue to do so in years to come.

If you haven’t already purchased your log cabin and searching for one with a good location, then you better review the ones listed at Quick Garden. You can even buy at the official website. Not only the locations of these cabins are iconic, but so are their design and built.

In case you found out your dream log house can not be repaired, Quick Garden provides assembly services, too. Thus, you can always opt for building your own log house — just the way you like it.

Now that you know all the strategies to consider before purchasing a log home, we hope you invest in only the best. Happy home shopping to you!

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