The majority of log home kit companies will send, at your request, material explaining the various kits available, and many of these booklets include a toll-free number that can be used to ask follow-up questions of a representative of the company. In order to comprehend the information you’ll receive, though, you’ll need to know precisely what’s offered in the three kinds of home kits normally available. Once you have determined the package that is right for you, you will then need to check with the local building code compliance regulations before completing your purchase.
 Walls only. One of the most rudimentary-and thus least expensive-log home kits contain nothing but the pre-shaped logs needed to construct the walls. These low-priced packages may look quite appealing (at the time of this writing, Log Home Builders NC has a number of log cabin kits for homes of 1,000 square feet or more in the $3,000 range), but be sure to estimate the price of all the materials you will need to purchase on the side!
 Structural shell. Perhaps the most common log home bundle, the structural shell typically includes walls, roof, rafters, and beams. These kits are also very affordable (and also require a considerable “over and above” investment before they’re transformed into livable homes); they’re generally sold to contractors and serious owner-builders.
 “Complete” homes. Many log home producers now offer complete kits, that include (usually) all of the components required to construct a weather tight shell. The lists of items provided do differ from one manufacturer to another, though, so make sure you have done satisfactory research before you buy. (Complete packages may not contain spikes, floors, or the charming porches lovingly sketched in the artists’ renderings.) It’s advisable to keep in mind that anything not precisely pointed out in the materials list is most likely a priced-extra option.
No matter what package you choose, do not be scared to bargain. It never hurts, for example, to let the businesses you are negotiating with understand what their competition is offering. Sometimes a company will lower its price to match a low bid, or work out an additional incentive (an option included free of charge, for example) to help make the sale. During my inquiries, I came across just one company that declined to budge from its printed price.