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Choosing Your Builder

All Cabin Kit Homes offer pre-built "panelized" packages... at no added cost!
Included are
pre-built exterior and interior wall panels, pre-cut roof system, pre-built stairs (per model), and complete numbered "panelized" plans... for fast and easy installation. Pre-built "panelized" packages save time, labor and building costs.

     Here is 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 they pay their bills and are good customers.

  • Referrals - Ask neighbors or friends, or look for newly-built homes in your area. Cabin Kit Homes all use kiln-dried lumber and standard building methods. Any good builder or licensed contractor who builds quality homes can help you.

  • 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 Example of Panelized Cabin Kit Plans

 

 

Builders and contractors use plans to figure out their labor costs. Without plans, builders cannot provide reliable bids or quotes.

       Labor Costs: Labor costs represent the time spent... hours, days, weeks, etc.
       Materials Costs: Materials costs represent the costs of the materials they provide.

        What happens if your builder provides the materials?

Your Cabin Kit materials package includes the "panelized" pre-built walls and materials needed to build your complete locked-up weather-tight shell package. Under the "NAFTA" free trade program with Canada, the cost of materials is at least 31% less that in the United States. Plus, you pay no state sales tax... a savings of at least 6% to 8%! In addition, you pay no builder mark-up of 15% to 20%. Even more important, you do not earn the better currency exchange credit between US and Canadian dollars.

Note: When your builder supplies the materials, he will charge you his higher US lumber costs... plus sales tax... plus his customary mark-up of 15% to 20%. Some builders don't like pre-built "panelized" packages because they don't get their profits and customary mark-ups on the lumber and plywood!

        Most builders like having customers supply the materials.

 

Walls, roofing, windows, doors, siding, decks, hardware, etc. It's all included... even the nails, bolts, screws and fasteners. There is nothing extra to buy, and you 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.

       Tips about builders that can save you thousands!

Builders 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.)

Tip: 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 written quote.

Some builders also "front load" their proposals by over-charging for items you can't trace... like excavation, grading, concrete and foundations. (Front-loaded proposals can also make labor costs appear lower than they really are.)

Tip: 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.

        Don't be fooled by "low-ball" bids.

"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 makes 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 should you.

Your comments and questions are always welcome.

 

 

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A very special "Thank You"
to customers like these who have helped us become America's #1 Cabin Kit supplier

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 for.
--Patrick & Barbara, Fortine, MT

"We love our cabin, thank you and your company so much."
--Patti & Michael, CA
"We have been customers for seven-plus years and totally love our new 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 pricing."
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 labor costs.
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
 
           
   

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