When you are in the market for cabin, there are many options when it comes to choosing a builder, or even a log cabin kit. When making an investment such as this, it is important to really understand what you are getting yourself into before signing any contracts and before choosing a cabin company. We want to help you make the right decision, so we developed this list of 4 questions that will help you get exactly what fits your needs and budget.
Here are the 4 questions you MUST ask before choosing a Cabin Company:
1. What is your lead time?
It is important to know in the beginning when you can expect your project to be completed. Without this information it could drag on for months while you are stuck waiting for your cabin to be built or your kit to be delivered.
2. What EXACTLY is included in the package I would be purchasing?
It is important to know up front what is included in the package you would be purchasing so you don’t find yourself surprised with costly additions and unexpected fees. Some packages are only dry in, meaning they give you your outside walls and roof. Others include no finishings, or even mechanicals. Here at Riverwood Cabins, we make sure to let you know everything that is included in your project so there are no surprises.
3. What kind of helpful services do you provide to your clients?
There are no hard and fast rules here, however a builder-dealer should explain the entire process to you. Some can also help you secure financing, create and define your budget, finalize your floor plan design and coordinate the delivery of your cabin. We often even reach out to local zoning offices to help you through the planning process. For most of our customers, this is the first time they’ve tackled a project like this and it can be a little intimidating. We’ve done it hundreds of times, and can share the insights learned as we go.
And the MOST important question you must ask:
4. Are you the manufacturer or a middle man?
If you are not buying directly from a manufacturer, like Riverwood Cabins, you are paying too much!! You could pay up to 30% more if you are buying from a company that outsources your job. If you do choose to buy from a middle man, make sure you understand upfront how warranty issues work. Who is responsible? You, the middle man, or the manufacturer?