Checklist for Free Online Estimate

Dawn SmithLog Homeowner Education

A man from Log Masters is inspecting his checklist.

Ever wondered what to send us? Here is a quick checklist of information we need just for you. To better assist in understanding your log home needs when contacting us for a free online estimate, we would ask you to please email [email protected] your:

  • Full Name
  • Full Address of Log Home
  • Phone Number
  • Preferred Method of Contact
  • Best time to reach you
  • Photos of the Areas of Concern
  • Approximate square footage of your log home
  • and how you heard about us

Please Check for Log Rot

Poke the wood with the skewer (or paint roller stick). If it sinks in more than the tip, mark the skewer where it stops going into the wood and measure the depth of the possible rot.
Both work well for poking logs to test rot depth.

If you have not already or would like information on how to, please click check for log rot and let us know what you find. To check for log rot, you may use a steak skewer (or paint roller stick on a pole for high areas) to poke the logs to see if it is solid or if the skewer sinks in and how far. You may also listen for hollow sounds when knocking on the side with a hammer.

Please check the following areas for potential issues:

  • Check the area surrounding your window and door frames for any signs of soft, blackened wood that may indicate rot or insect damage.
  • logs near the ground (especially if the log height above the ground is below a foot)
  • areas of regular shade
  • around your downspouts
  • posts or columns on the front or back porches
  • west and south facing walls get the most rain, however, east and north facing walls can struggle to dry out, so don’t overlook them
  • decks; if you have one, do you want us to include it in our estimate

Additional Information

Things that we may ask about include:

  • environmental obstacles such as a house over a lake or water
  • road access problems such as through the mountains, or lack of a driveway
  • how far the facia is from the wall of the home and/or nearby logs
  • chinking cracks or finish cracking/bubbling or weathered (click on either for more info)
  • long horizontal cracks in the logs creating troughs for rain on the top of a log
  • signs of insects (click on insects for more information)
  • types of logs or siding if it differs in areas
  • question areas that might need an expert eye.
Free online vs In person Estimate

The more information you can provide, the better we can assist you. If you’ve had a recent home inspection, those are always welcome.

Prefer In-Person Assessment

Perhaps you would prefer an assessment in person, which we are glad to accommodate, you may want to check our article on Free Online Estimates Versus In-Person Assessment.

In either case, we appreciate you visiting our website.

If you are interested in know the contributing factors we consider for an estimate, please go to our article What We Consider in a Log Home Restoration Estimate!

Thank you again for considering us as your log home restoration and maintenance company.