Log Home Buyer’s Guide

Madeira Park View Lot

In May 2023, we completed an inspection of a craftsman-built log home. The skillful fit and finish of the logs was one of the best examples we’ve seen of this type of construction. Not all log homes are built to the same standards nor come so problem-free as this particular property. Based on our experience, here are the top three problems we look for when doing an inspection on a log home.

Moisture Damage: Logs are susceptible to moisture damage, which can lead to rot, decay, and insect infestations. Check for any signs of water damage, such as mold, mildew, or discoloration, both inside and outside the home. Look for any areas where water might be able to enter the home, such as around windows, doors, and the roof.

Settling: Log homes settle over time, which can lead to structural issues if not properly accounted for during construction. Check for any signs of settling, such as uneven floors, walls, or windows that don’t close properly. It’s also important to check the foundation and make sure it’s level and stable.

Maintenance: Log homes require regular maintenance to keep them in good condition. Look for any signs of neglect, such as peeling or chipping paint, cracks in the logs, or loose or missing caulking. Ask the seller about the maintenance history of the home, including any repairs or treatments that have been done to protect the logs.

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