A home built of natural logs is a living structure, it reacts to its environment more so than a "stick" built conventionally framed home. Because of this many factors need to be evaluated while inspecting a log home, with one of the most important being the overall design of the structure. What works on a non-log home will not always work the same with a home built with logs. Roof overhangs are one good example; they are so important with a log home because they keep rain and the weather from attacking the logs and causing problems.
Many home inspectors will not inspect log homes, they either have limited knowledge of log homes or they just want simple and easy homes to inspect. Those that have not taken the time to learn about log homes most likely have also not taken the time to learn or maintain their knowledge on other building systems both new and old that they will be seeing while inspecting homes. Education and experience are the tools that should be used to evaluate when selecting your home inspector. As a nationally recognized home inspector and educator Scott Patterson of Trace Inspections, LLC has personally inspected hundreds of log homes and structures including several multi-million dollar mega log homes.
Once you have found your Log Home and you are ready for it to be inspected be sure to call Scott Patterson. We inspect log homes throughout Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. If you live in another State we can make arrangements to either perform the inspection depending on licensing regulations or to be a consultant to a licensed inspector in that State.