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Question DetailsAsked on 2/10/2015

I need help in finding a log home restoration company in the billings area

we have an insurance claim and in desperate need of a honest log home restoration team to give us a detailed idea of what it would cost to restore rotted wood and chinking inside and out.

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This is Kelly M. in Member Care. Thanks for your question! I'm happy to help.

I looked through our database to find providers to assist you, but I'm sorry to say we don't currently have options in your area.

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Answered 5 years ago by Member Services


Certainly you would have an easier time finding one if you were near Bozeman (where you might end up having to go to get one), or in the Helena/Bitterroot/Deerlodge/Missoula areas. You might be able to find a cross-state one out of the Cody/Custer/Sheridan area, but a long commute - you would be paying for a day or more motel probably, assuming the contractor is licensed to work in Montana.

I really don't think you are going to easily screen for that on Angies List - you could try putting "log cabins" in the Search box and see what pops up for your area, but you are probably going to have to google for log cabin builders in your general area and then cross-check to see if they are listed and have reviews on AL.

Other places to look for recommendations - any neighbor who has recently had a contractor build or repair the structure on their place, maybe ask at any local place that sells peeled logs for house/cabin building, and maybe ask your favorite realtor.

If you google, there are also a numer of log home builder associations - some of which might be legit and some self-serving, but some sites might have listings of builders by area.

Normally, I would suggest calling the maintenance head at the local BLM office or local National Forest and ask who has done log cabin/park building repairs for them recently - might be worth it still, but most of them might be from pretty far away in your case, because I don't remember a lot of forests with log cabins in your immediate area.

You say you have an insurance claim - I hope you do not mean for the rot, because any leak or infiltration that went long enough to cause rot is highly unlikely to be covered by your insurance - long-term damage and decay are almost always specifically excluded from coverage. If you mean having rotten logs repaired at your expense at the same time as another repair claim for say fire damage, then OK.

In that sort of case be sure contractors write up the contract/bid as for repair of the insured claim as one cost, then the additional cost fo the extra work you are paying for as a separate item - especially if you are having to bring someone in from out of the area, because the mobilization/demobilization/travel cost (excluding extra days per diem/motel) should be front-loaded into the basic repair job. Commonly is cleaner to have the extra work on a totally different bill, separate from anything the insurance company sees. Contractor should also account for the costs as two separate jobs, with time keeping and materials and such separately accounted for.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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