When buying an old log cabin, assess the quality of the exterior finish to determine the overall condition of the cabin, and look for hidden rots, overhangs and signs of insect infestation. Look out for sagging roofs and sticking doors or windows to identify structural defects.
Cracking, peeling or fading exterior finishes indicate an old log cabin in poor condition. If the logs produce a hollow sound when tapped, it is an indication that they are rotting from the inside out. Ask the owner for maintenance records, and visit the local town clerk's office to view ownership history of the cabin. Ensure that any repairs and maintenance made on the cabin are authentic since replacement supplies can be hard to find.