Log homes are a great way to add value to your property. They’re also an excellent way to build a truly unique and personalized home. If you’re considering investing in a log home, ensure you have all the facts before getting started.

Be aware of the upfront costs

Log homes are expensive to build, maintain and heat. The upfront costs of purchasing prefab kit homes are also high. The biggest challenge for most people is getting financing for the purchase of a log home.

Log homes require more maintenance than conventional houses because they’re exposed to harsh weather conditions like rain and wind, which can lead to erosion in the wood over time. This added maintenance includes sealing the logs every two years at least, caulking around windows and doors to prevent air infiltration/exfiltration, treating wood with an ultraviolet protectant, and painting annually (or more frequently if desired).

Investigate local zoning laws

Before you begin the process of building a log home, it’s important to investigate local zoning laws. This will protect you from any potential problems down the road.

  • Contact your local government to see if there are any restrictions or regulations in place that apply specifically to log homes.
  • Contact your local building department and ask about variances and waivers from standard building codes that may be required for building a log home.
  • Check with the local fire department to see if there are any special requirements for fire protection or load-bearing walls (logs can be heavy!).
  • Ask about inspections during construction, especially when it comes time to install electrical wiring and other utilities (many people want these inspected by an independent electrician before they are hooked up).
  • Make sure you have insurance coverage on all fixtures, appliances, and equipment you intend on installing into your home before buying them!

Talk with a contractor who specializes in log homes

When you’re considering investing in a log home, the best course of action is to talk with the people who have actually done it. If you want to find a contractor that specializes in log homes and has experience working with them, look for one who is located nearby. They should also be willing to provide references from previous customers so that you can get an idea of how much experience they have had with this type of building material and construction process.

It’s not a simple, DIY type of structure.

Log homes are not the simple, DIY type of structure you might think they are. As we mentioned above, log homes require skilled contractors and specialized equipment—not to mention a truckload of specialized materials.

Logs for framing and sheathing must be carefully selected according to their species and size; otherwise, your home will not be structurally sound or weather resistant. A good builder will source his logs from a reputable lumberyard or mill specializing in high-quality timber products. The exact grade of wood used is determined by the builder’s specifications; this information should be available upon request when dealing with potential builders or contractors.

They’re prone to pest problems.

Log homes are known to attract certain types of pests: termites, carpenter ants, and other parasites. Termites especially like to eat the wood in your house. They’ll also eat through insulation or anything else they can find that isn’t made out of wood. If you’re worried about pests in your log home, you should keep a close eye on it for any signs of damage or infestation. If you do notice any holes or nibbles on your walls and floors, contact an exterminator immediately so they can get rid of the problem before it gets out of hand!

It takes work to maintain the exterior.

Maintaining the exterior of your log home can be a big job. First, you’ll need to keep it clean. This means sweeping and mopping the decking and porches and cleaning debris from the siding. When it’s time for painting, you’ll need to brush off any moss that has grown on the logs before applying several coats of paint. In addition to keeping your home’s exterior looking good, these maintenance tasks can also help prevent mold growth inside—mold that could potentially affect your health if not taken care of promptly.


So, now that you know all there is to know about log homes, what are you waiting for? Go out there and find the perfect one!