Many people like to have their home as a showplace to entertain in and impress. Those people probably wouldn't go for a rustic log home.
Finding the right buyer won't be easy but will happen with time and exposure! With a listing like this it is so important to expose it to the maximum number of people!
Log homes can also vary in their overall "ageability" especially if owners aren't instucted in periodic maintenance needs....or if they simply build up lots of deferred maintenance projects. There are options in types of stain (and cost) and other preservative agents...which can also dramatically affect the overall look of the home itself. We had our cedar exterior restained last year with a premium product, and it regularly evokes the sort of "wow, what did you use on your home?" sorts of comments.
1. Has the log home been constructed with tung & groove between the logs to keep a tight fit; and were some type of long screws and glue used to keep the connection between the log tight? If you can see daylight between the logs, the answer is no. If the logs fit tight, the answer is probably yes.
2. Was the roof system constructed well. Look for two things specifically. If heavy timbers were used as structural elements to hold up the roof, look for the hight of the soffit (thats the hight between the top of the roof line to the bottom of the board that sits right below the roof line. This depth will be an indication of how much insulation is in the roof system. A well insulated roof should have a soffit between 10" to 12". The second item you want to look for in the roof system is ventilation. Look for several round vents or a long vent that extends the width of roof line up under the eves as well as a ridge vent on top of the roof. A well constructed room system MUST have vents to prevent the roof system from sweating.
3. Was a good quality stain used that is designed to be used with natural wood. If they used cheep stain from the local hardware store rather than a premium brand intended for log homes, you may have issues. Cheep stains tend to last a year or two while good quality stains can last for 4, 6, 8 or even 10 years or more. Secondly, does the home need staining now. An old-timer once taught me how to tell if a log home needed staining. You take a glass of water and dip you fingers into the glass. Then fling the water drops onto the logs. If the water absorbed into the wood, you need to stain ASAP. If the water drips off the logs, you already have a good coating that doesn't need re-staining yet.
4. Was the foundation built to drive water AWAY from the foundation? Look for water stains in the basement or in the crawl space. Look for those corrugated black pipes that stick out a the low point on the lot. These are usually berried in gravel to collect the moisture and pipe it away from the foundation.
5. Do the windows and doors open and close smoothly? Log homes settle and a well constructed log home is engineered to allow for this settling without causing stress on the windows, doors or the interior walls that connect to log walls. If a window will not open or an interior wall is cracked or there is a large space in the corners or the top of the wall, the home was not engineered properly and you are going to have issues down the road.
There are about a dozen other things to look for on a log home to determine if it was constructed well and to anticipate the level of ongoing maintenance (or lack of in the case of a well constructed home). Consult a builder and/or a qualified inspector that knows log homes to assist you in the evaluation. I can't stress enough the importance of finding someone that REALLY KNOWS log homes to help you here. The average builder simply is not exposed to the unique aspects of log & heavy timber construction and can miss some important ares you are going to want to inspect.
If you are looking for a good Log Home Builder/Designer or a Realtor that KNOWS log homes we are available. Check us out on our web site or drop by our Design Center in Ellijay, GA.
Trying to sell a multi the numbers don't work and a tenant with cats must be delt with/odor.
And if the net is about 16-17,000 and a new investor/buyer comes along loves it takes out a new loan
on list price $337,800 they are under may be 5,000 What should the list price be???
* A small cabin in the woods (frequently used as a rental or weekend get-away)
* A modest log home that suites the lifestyle of many aging Baby Boomer's
* A medium size log home that represents a place of sanctuary as a second home
* A show place with all the amenities common in a high end home
I point this out because the higher up the ladder of quality, functionality and design the home, the easier it is to sell. Affluent and retiring Baby Boomer's are finding log homes to be a place to unwind, relax and restore from the stress of their fast paced lives. I know all this, because I specialize in marketing homes made from natural materials (log homes, timber frame homes, homes made from stone and various combonations of each of these materials we call a hybrid home).
Bottom line, if you are trying to sell a modest log home in an area saturated with similar homes, the task of selling that home will be a challenge. On the other hand, if the home is well designed and appeals to the mid to high end buyer, you have an great opportunity to sell that home to a growing number of retiring Baby Boomer's and affluent second home buyers.
We not only specialize in marketing log homes, we are also build log homes and are fortunate enough to have our own Design Department that works with these folks wanting to create that customized dream home show place.
The person that suggests that log homes are cheaper, less than, or somehow not as appealing as conventional homes, have not been in one of our log or timber frame homes. Check out some of these links with photos of some of the homes we are proud to have designed & built or watch the link to the YouTube clip below to see what a log home can offer:
Link to FaceBook Log home Photos:
YouTube Video Clip Of Log Homes
YouTube Vidoe Clip of Timber Frame Homes
Link To Log Home Listings (click on SEARCH/LOG HOME SEARCH)
Modern Rustic Living
Helping Baby Boomer's Find Balance & Purpose In Life
With Log & Timber Frame Homes of Distinction
Office: (423) 443-4638
Log Home Listings: http://mlsarealistings.com/moddernrusticliving
"The Log Home Guy"
Office: (423) 443-4638
Whenever you market to a smaller pool of potential buyers, your showings will be fewer and your marketing time can take longer.
Contemporary homes do not sell quickly or easily in certain areas, yet in other areas they do. That results from the customary trend and preferences of the region (as opposed to the exact specific location.)
As it pertains to your property, 1) Is the buyer pool for log homes smaller or larger than it would be for other types of homes in your area; 2) Is the property located near ranches, splits, and colonials or in an area where other log homes might be found?; 3) Have you evaluated your pricing strategy for possible adjustment?