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Choosing Your Builder

All Cabin Kit Homes are 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.

Please note:  Interest rates are near record lows and builders are looking for work. When you have purchased your building site and selected the Cabin Kit plan you want to build, we may be able to help you choose an experienced, well-qualified builder.

In the meantime, here is where to look for good builders:

  • Local lumber company - Go to the "builder/contractor sales" department and ask for the names of two or three good builders who mostly do their own work. The lumber company always knows the good builders, because they pay their bills and are good customers of the lumber company.

  • Referrals - Ask neighbors or friends, or look for newly-built homes in your area. Cabin Kit Homes use kiln-dried lumber and standard construction 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.

Now is a great time to save thousands! Builders are looking for work and interest rates are at record lows. Want more information on building costs? Click here.

Tips and secrets some builders hope you never read about!

Builders and contractors use plans to figure out the labor cost to build your home. Without plans, you can not obtain reliable bids or proposals.

Labor Costs: Labor costs represent the time spent... hours, days, etc.
Materials Costs: Materials costs are provided in our written Quote.

If you are planning to build this year, this is the time to order your Cabin Kit Plans.

What happens if your builder supplies the materials?

Your Cabin Kit materials package includes all the materials needed to build the complete locked-up weather-tight shell package for your home. And the cost of those materials... under the "NAFTA" free trade program with Canada... is often 36% to 38% less than you or your builder can buy them for anywhere else.

Walls, roofing, windows, doors, siding, decks, etc. It's all included... even the nails, bolts, screws and fasteners. There is nothing extra to buy. And you control your materials costs... without the builder charging you the higher US lumber costs... plus his customary 15% to 20% mark-up!

Most builders like having the customer supply the materials... especially when the materials all come in one shipment with a complete written inventory of everything you ordered. It saves the builder time, labor costs, and unnecessary trips to the lumber yard. It also gives the builder a detailed numbered list of all the wall panels and other materials are to be used for each task... thus avoiding errors and mistakes.

Note: Why do some builders feel threatened when customers buy the materials? Because the builder can't add his typical 15% to 20% mark-up. Getting more than one labor bid is the smartest way to make sure your new home or cabin gets built on budget, at the lowest cost possible.

Hints about builders that can save you thousands.

Builders sometimes use the old "mark-up" method, and claim they can buy the materials locally at the same price. Of course, they can't. But their proposal may try to show lower material costs... while they make up the difference by charging you higher labor costs. (Just like the car salesman who offers a higher trade-in allowance... but gives you no discount on the price of the new car.)

Tip: If the builder claims his materials cost less, ask him for a line-item bid for his materials... in writing. We are happy to compare his costs with ours.

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.

Avoid the hazards of "low-ball" bids and proposals.

"Low-ball" bids and proposals are dangerous. When a builder can't build for the price he quotes, you could be left with a half-completed home... including thousands of dollars in liens and un-paid bills... and nobody willing to complete the project. 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 bids that let you ask questions, get answers, and compare "apples with apples." Your banker will insist on line-item bids, 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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