We chatted with third-generation log home products manufacturer Nick Burch from Sashco to find out exactly what you should look for, and what you should expect, from a restoration contractor. Here are his top 5 tips:
1. They should know more than you.As the homeowner, it’s not your job figure out how to proceed with your restoration. The contractor you choose should be the expert on the details, but they should be willing and able to explain it to you.
2. Ask the “hard” questions.For example, are they in the business of log home restoration? What kind of training do they have? Do they use log home-specific products and have the right equipment? You should feel satisfied that he/she is knowledgeable and invested in the industry.
3. If you’re re-staining the logs, ask how they prep the wood.Proper log prep is the most important step for making your stain and sealant last, and likely will (and should) be more involved and expensive than the staining itself. Attention to detail is key.
4. Understand what you are getting for your money.Make sure each contractor gives you a detailed, itemized bid.
5. Don’t let price be your guide.You want to save money, of course, but if one contractor’s bid comes in a lot lower than the others, there’s probably a reason. This isn’t an area where you want to skimp. Being cheap can cost you in the end.
For more of Nick’s smart tips to hiring a log home contractor you’ll be happy with, download our FREE PDF at loghome.com/choose_maintenance_contractor.