Step 6: Formal Quote
After you have selected your floor plan and options, we’ll provide a formal quote for your new log home. There is no charge for this quote.
Your quote will include a detailed break down of your new log home, including any customizations you have made to your floor plan. It will also include any options you have selected, along with the charges for those options.
These details will give you a complete picture of what it will cost to build your new log home down to the penny. We prefer to be upfront with our customers and provide the exact amount of the project costs, rather than working from an estimate like many builders who often run over that budget before the home is complete. The quote you receive from us is the exact amount you will pay without hidden charges or extra taxes!
Step 7: Payment
Our typical lead time for new log homes is about 3 to 5 months, depending on the time of year that you place your order. Spring is typically our busiest season, so we recommend getting your order in as early as possible if you’d like your new log home to be ready for spring or summer delivery.
In order to get your cabin into our construction schedule, you will need to place a down payment on the building. Typically, we ask for 50% down. The balance is due upon delivery. However, when we ship larger models more than 500 miles, we will often request a 50% down payment, 25% after completion, but prior to delivery and the balance upon arrival. We also need you to sign off on our terms and conditions prior to delivery.
Log Home Financing
We do not offer financing at this time, but can provide you with any information that you need for your bank or lender. Check out our page on financing, which walks you through a variety of ways you can pay for your log cabin home and how to secure proper financing. Zook Cabins is flexible with terms and we can customize our payment options to fit with the needs of your bank or finance company.
After we have received your down payment we will get to work on the engineered drawings for your building. These drawings are state certified, state sealed documents that will be approved by an engineer to conform to all codes in your state. Engineered drawings are included in the price of your log home.
Step 8: Permits
We recommend contacting your local township or municipal office as early as possible when deciding to build a log home. You’ll want to ensure that the size and purpose of your new building conforms to local ordinances to avoid problems down the road.
While we do not secure permits on your behalf, Zook Cabins will provide information about your building so you can present the correct documentation to your township or municipality.
Our buildings are fully engineered, certified modular homes. As part of your building package, we will provide a complete set of engineered drawings, including foundation drawings. Please note that many municipalities in the state of New York require you to provide your own foundation drawings.
Pulling Permits with Your Township / Local Municipality
You will need a copy of your engineered drawings to apply for a building permit and other permits as required by your township or municipality. If you have questions about any documentation you’ve been asked to provide, we’re here to answer your questions.
One of the ways you’ll save time with our certified modular homes is during the inspection process. You will not need to have separate inspections for electrical, framing or plumbing on our modular homes. These inspections are already completed at our facility during the building process. The only inspections you’ll need to consider are those for your foundation and well / septic.
Step 9: Site Prep / Foundation / Well & Septic
Well & Septic
According to Building Advisor, the cost for drilling a well and installing a septic system may be $20,000 or more, depending on the region where the well and septic are installed and the depth of the well. Permits, licensing fees, soil testing and supplies are included in the cost estimate. We will provide you drawings showing you exactly where you need to make an access pit to be able to get to your water and sewer.
The key to a concrete foundation is ensuring that it is absolutely level. We require at least a concrete slab on most of our double wide buildings and some customers prefer a slab even on the single wide buildings. We will provide the necessary drawings for your site work to be completed. If your slab is not level, it can be very difficult to get a double wide building together. It is very important to select a contractor that has experience in working with concrete. A poor job on the pad will make the rest of your project very difficult. Therefore, you should talk to a few contractors and select the one you are most confident will do the best work, not necessarily the contractor who has the lowest price.
Crawl Space or Basement
Some customers prefer to build their log cabin home on either a full basement, or a crawl space and this is perfectly acceptable. If you are planning a basement or crawl space, we will build your cabin slightly differently. You will be provided with drawings letting you know exactly what is needed for the foundation. Make sure that you use a reputable contractor for your foundation work.
Porch Posts & Headers
If your building comes with a porch, you will need to arrange to have post holes and headers installed prior to the delivery of your log home. We will provide a foundation drawing that notes the measurements and placement for your porch posts and headers.
Step 10: Delivery
Your modular home is delivered fully assembled on a trailer that is very similar to a rollback tow truck. We need to make sure, prior to arrival, that we will be able to access the site. Because of that, we have some recommendations for delivery of your new log home. The truck and trailer can be as long as 70′ and therefore we need to make sure that there is sufficient room for the driver to get into the site.
- Your lane needs to be stoned in and free of all mud at the time of delivery.
- On straight stretches, we need approx. 2′ more space than the cabin’s width, and 14′ of vertical clearance. If you are unsure of the proper measurements be sure to check out the cabin styles and floor plans, make note of the dimensions, and add 2′.
- On turns in driveways, we need to make sure that there is adequate room to make the turn.
- Your site must be clear of all trees, tree limbs etc, within the area where the cabin needs to enter the site.
The exact cabin that you order can change the details of the delivery. For example, if you order a 12′ X 30′ Settler, we can send that out on a smaller truck, and the driver will be able to maneuver more easily.
If your cabin is a larger double wide longer than 30′, we will need a crane onsite to set the building in place. The reason for that is a finished double wide has too much weight on the outside walls, causing it to be unstable when moving it around off the trailer. The crane enables us to set the building with exact precision, eliminating safety risks and damage to your building.
Customer Images / Google Maps
We may ask you to send us pictures of your property in order to clarify delivery details. This ensures our delivery crew is prepared for any issues that could delay the installation of your building. It also provides us with the opportunity to ask any questions we have prior to your delivery date. Typical red flags that create problems for our delivery team include power lines, trees, the turn radius of your road or driveway and any nearby hills. We may also search Google Maps for additional details about the topography of your property. We want to make sure we do everything we can to ensure your delivery goes as smoothly as possible, right down to the last detail.
If you have any questions at all about the delivery process or your delivery specifically, give us a call at (610) 595-4650 and we will walk through everything with you. We’re here to help and answer any questions you might have.
Step 11: Utility Connections
Once your building is in place, you can hook up your water, electric and sewer. If this is something that you are not comfortable doing yourself, you may want to hire a contractor to take care of that for you.