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Choosing Your Builder
All Cabin Kit
offer pre-built "panelized" packages... at no added cost!
exterior and interior wall panels, pre-cut roof system, plus
pre-built stairs (per model) and
plans... for fast and easy
packages save time, labor and building costs.
where to find good builders:
Local lumber company - Go to the
"builder/contractor sales" department. Ask them for the names of
two or three good builders. The
lumber company always knows the good builders... because the
"good" builders always
pay their bills and are "good" customers of your
local lumber company.
Referrals - Ask neighbors or friends,
or look for newly-built homes in your area. Any good
licensed contractor who builds quality homes can help you, and
always ask for a written quote.
Local city or
county building department - Building
inspectors know the good builders. Ask for two or three names of
good local builders who do their own work.
See what the National Association of Home Builders says about
"Panelized Building Systems."
Savings, Benefits and Advantages to you-
thousands of dollars in labor and building costs.
your home "dried in"
in just days instead of weeks.
time and thousands of dollars in on-site labor costs.
10 to 15 days versus 4-6 weeks.
to read, easy to build, easy to understand.
pre-built wall panels, plus pre-cut roof system.
panels, easy to handle, quick to install.
errors, eliminates waste.
Builders and contractors use plans to
figure out their labor costs. Without plans, builders cannot provide reliable bids or
Labor costs represent the time spent... hours, days,
Materials Costs: Materials costs
represent the costs of the materials they provide.
if your builder provides the materials?
can't charge you for the labor cost of building the walls, floors,
stairs and roof structure because Cabin Kit Homes provides you with
the pre-built "panelized" walls and
materials needed for your complete locked-up weather-tight
shell package. Under the "NAFTA" free trade agreement
between the US and Canada, the cost of materials
is at least 31% lower than US prices. Plus, you pay
no state sales
tax... an added savings of at least 7% to 9%! In addition, you pay
no builder labor mark-ups of 15% to 20% or more. And even more important,
you don't earn the currency exchange credit
because of the much stronger US dollar.
When your builder supplies the
materials, he will charge you his higher US lumber costs... plus sales tax... plus his
mark-up of 15%
to 20%. Some builders don't like pre-built "panelized" packages
because they don't get their profits and mark-ups on the lumber
however, like having their customers supply the materials.
Walls, roofing, windows, doors,
siding, decks, hardware, etc. It's all included and there is nothing extra to buy.
are provided with a complete written inventory of everything you
ordered. It saves you time, labor costs, and unnecessary trips to
the lumber store. And it gives both you and your builder a detailed,
numbered list that avoids errors and mistakes.
Note: Why do builders feel
threatened when customers buy the materials? Because they can't add their
customary 15% to 20% mark-up. It's smart to get more than one labor bid to
make sure your new home or cabin gets built on budget, at the
lowest cost possible.
about builders that can save you thousands!
often use the old "mark-up"
method. They also claim they can buy the materials locally at the
same price. Of course, they can't. But their proposal may show lower material costs...
while they charge you higher labor costs.
(Like a salesman who offers a higher trade-in allowance... but
gives you no discount on the price of the car.)
When the builder claims his materials cost less, ask him for
a line-item copy of his materials bid. And then compare his bid to our
Some builders also "front load" their proposals
for items you can't trace... like excavation,
grading, concrete and foundations.
can also make labor costs appear lower than
they really are.)
Use your Cabin Kit plans to get "labor-only" line-item bids
so that builders can't "front load" their costs. Keep control.
And don't settle
for "lump-sum" labor bids.
Some builders suggest that pre-built "panelized"
walls might not fit or work properly.
National Association of Home Builders says that
pre-built "panelized" walls use higher quality
that always fit, are
factory built, structurally engineered, free from weather
damage, pass US Customs and all building inspections, and save you thousands of dollars in higher
Don't be fooled by "low-ball" bids.
are dangerous. When a builder can't build for the price he
quoted, you could be left with a half-completed home... including thousands of dollars in
liens and un-paid bills. And regardless of your legal rights, the damages and recovery of lost
money can take years to resolve.
Tip: Enjoy the security and peace of mind that
building your new home or cabin the thrill of a lifetime.
Use your Cabin Kit plans to get written, line-item quotes that let you ask questions, get answers,
and compare "apples with apples." Your banker will insist on line-item
quotes, and so
comments and questions are always welcome.
A very special "Thanks"
to customers like these who have helped us become America's #1 Cabin
"We've been customers for years and there is no better home than a
Cabin Kit Home. Top quality, and the best service you could ask
--Patrick & Barbara, Fortine, MT
"We have been customers for seven-plus years
and totally love our Cabin Kit home!"
Mike & Wendy, AZ
"We have several Cabin Kit homes in Arkansas and have
been very happy with the quality and the big savings.
Gene Eddleman, AR
"PANELIZED" CABIN KIT
"The panelized package is the only way to go!
--Herman Groman. NV
"Cabin Kit materials are top quality, kiln dried
lumber. We saved over $26,000 with their much lower NAFTA
Dan Leeper, AZ
"The quality of materials is terrific. This is our
4th Cabin Kit package. Your field support is great!"
--Gary Simonsen, Builder, MT
"We really enjoy our Cabin Kit home. The pre-built
panels saved us weeks of building time and thousands of dollars in
David & Molly Vaux, NM
"We love our cabin. Everything arrived as promised,
we'd do it again in a heartbeat. Our builder said he had never seen
such quality materials!"
--Vivian and Pixie, CO
We saved more than $16,000 on our new Cabin Kit
home, and have been customers for almost 10 years."
Scott and Sandy, ID
"We couldn't be happier. Your design help was great,
and the wall panels were perfect. The mountain view from the deck is
better than we had hoped."
--Cindy & Dan, WA