Submitted by: Jan Burmistroff
A log home is the typical residence for the western rural dweller. You may want to have this home for your ranch or recreational property so it blends well with the typical rural lifestyle. A log home is a different place of residence. It doesn’t have the durability that a typical home can afford. A log home is principally made of wood which means it be subjected to rot and discoloration. It can also warp over time. These factors make log house buying a very special thing.
Your first approach would be to buy a log home that is not on a steep sloe. The soil underneath can be washed away easily during the rain and thus expose the building. You do not want to have your home hanging and the later collapsing due to weakened foundation.
A log home has not got a smooth outer wall. It is made up of wood stack upon the other. You must take special care to insect the wood carefully. Do you see any gaps in between? The larger the gaps the more the likelihood that you will not have optimal heating or cooling. The gaps also mean you may have rain entering the house.
If you are buying the home for recreational purposes, does it look attractive? Is it of even color? Are parts of the wood warped? Your patrons need to be welcomed to a home with beautiful outer walls.
Wood that is not properly stained will discolor in future. You will therefore need to buy a home that has been well seasoned and treated to avoid been chewed away by terminates.
From a primary inspection, you would be able to know if the house has been properly maintained or not. If it hasn’t, then it will have to fetch. You may also have to avoid a house that doesn’t look properly maintained as it may be quite expensive to own in the future due to maintenance costs.
If you are buying on budget, you will look out for homes with four corners and more. More corners will cost more money as they are deemed extra luxurious and require more inputs to build.
The log home you are buying may not specifically fit your needs. You may need to factor in how much it will cost you to make modifications to the property. You will also need to find out about replacement of any parts or components or any fault with the log home. That way you will be able to find out about the true cost of the ownership of the home.
Location is very important when building a log home. You will need an area well serviced by road, power and water. If the log house is going to be permanent residence, you will want to know about long terms land use for the area. You would want to have a log home at a place that will see an increase in population and not industries.
Again if you intend to use your log house for vacation lodging purposes, then you will have to consider the proximity of recreational sites around. The hiker, hunter or fisher would not want to move too long from his sports grounds to have a nights sleep. You will need to site your home close to the site of recreation.
You log can may become a very valuable piece of property over the years. More and more people are moving into the rural areas as land prices in the city increases. In addition outdoor sports activities has become a favorite past time. You would be able to sell your property for a higher price if the area grows in population and the need for accommodation grows.
After the purchase of your home, you will be doing regular maintenance to keep it in a good condition. You need to preserve the color of the wood and protect it from rot. You will have to apply preservatives to keep your log home in a good condition all the time.
May 3, 2016