Scott Home Inspection Denver
Are you looking for a trusted and experienced Denver home inspection company? We’ve got you covered.
Inspection Shield Warranty Program
Scott Home Inspection is proud to offer a 100-Day Limited Home Warranty Program, included at no-additional-charge on all Pre-Purchase Home Inspections in Denver. As a home-buyer you can rest assured that our professional ASHI Home Inspectors will report on any concerns noted during the inspection, then afterwards our Limited Warranty will afford a level of protection in the event a concern develops.
Denver Home Inspection Experts:
In the last year, our team completed over 1000+ home inspections in the greater Denver area. Take a look at our inspection map. With a team of 15 inspectors and 5 of them being dedicated to the Denver – Colorado Springs areas, we assure you our Denver home inspector experience is unmatched.
Each blue dot on the map represents an inspection we did in 2018.
Denver Neighborhood Breakdown
Downtown – Lodo – City Park
Downtown Denver hosts the tallest buildings in Denver. Residentally, downtown consists of mostly condos, apartments, and older lofts. Lodo, Union Station and Ballpark have recently been transformed with hundreds of high end, multi-unit apartment high rises. Good news is we offer a condo discount for smaller apartments. Find your inspection pricing here.
East of downtown is Rino and City park. These areas are currently redeveloping with a mix of 1920-1950s single family homes, and modern row home duplexes. This is a very popular area currently, and an abundance of new resturants, bars and housing. As inspectors, this area has many older homes with a broad mix of fix and flips and original homes. Many of the houses in this area are 1950s ranch style homes with crawlspaces. Older homes in these neighborhoods with older plumbing and multiple units are good candidates for our mold air sample testing.
Baker – Capital Hill
In the very center of the Denver Metro is Capital Hill. Named for hosting the Capital building, this is one of Denver’s most iconic neighborhoods. Housing wise, this area is full of 1900-1960s, 3-5 story apartment buildings. Most of these units are rentals, however, many of them have been converted to single owner units. These buildings have shared enterences, and most of them do not have exterior balconies. Make sure you find one with a parking lot as parking is in high demand. There is also a mix of newer apartments and older high rises as well.
South of the main downtown area is Baker. Baker is Denver’s oldest neighborhood for single family homes. This whole area is populated with turn of the century houses. 1890s-1920s. If you love old tudors or victorian styles, this is where you will find them, but you will have to pay quite the premium. As inspectors, these buildings usually have very old foundations (sometimes stacked stones) which we try to carefully evalutate. Also, the height and pitch of the roofs in these areas make them very hard to walk and inspect. Older neighborhoods typically have some older plumbing present. We recommend a water quality test in this area because of the possibility of lead supply piping.
Cherry Creek – Hill Top – Virginia Village
Cherry Creek is south east of downtown. It is well know as the most expensive area of Denver. The area is full of custom built homes on larger than average lots. North of the Cherry Creek shopping district, you will find some of the larger and nicer houses in the city. The average list price on homes in this area are just shy of $1 million. Also, the famous Belcaro neighborhood is in this area as well which is adjacent to the Denver Country Club. Many homes in this neighboorhood have basements, which causes a higher risk of higher radon levels. Make sure you order a radon test with your inspection.
Hill Top and Virginia Village are south east of Cherry Creek. This neighborhood has many 1950s houses and many pocket neighborhoods of “midcentury modern” homes. These homes have flat roofs and classic architecture. When inspecting these homes, we pay particular attention to the roofs, as flat roofs tend to be more prone to leaks.
LoHi – Highlands – Edgewater
If you have lived in Denver for the last 10 years, the neighborhood that has changed the most is the Highlands. Named for being adjacent to downtown but with higher elevation, this area has been completely redeveloped with high end condos, apartment buildings and modern row homes. Slot homes, or row homes in this area were so popular that Denver’s City Council put a moratorium on further construction of this style. However, they are very prevalent. These units typically have an HOA, so it is important to understand what they cover, and how much that costs. But many of them have rooftop balconies which gives you a great view of Denver. (And a great veiw of the roof coverings during your inspection)
Edgewater is located around the west and north sides of Sloan’s Lake. These homes are typically 1940s-1950s. This area is also filled with the classic brick duplex from this time period. When buying a duplex in this area, it is important to ensure that your side has access to the crawlspace if there is one. It is typically home to the furnace and will give you a good view of the foundation.
Federal – Athmar Park – Barnum
Across I25 from Baker are the many neighboorhoods along Federal. This area is also in a redevelopment phase but has many more afforable homes. As a rule of thumb, the closer you get to Colfax, the older the homes will be. Generally, the homes range from 1920s to 1960s. Many of the homes in this neighborhood are smaller, but have decent size lots. If you want a big backyard but you want to be close to the city, this is a great spot.
Most of these homes will be on crawlspaces, but some will have basements. Almost all will be ranch style with no 2nd floor. This is an important area to get a sewer scope inspection as many of the houses will have the original sewer lines, and mature trees are everywhere. Not the best combination. Also, you do see a fair amount of original plumbing and wiring throughout this area. Your inspector will be on the lookout for problems with these older materials.
Denver University – South Broadway
Broadway south of I25 is a very popular area. There tons of new breweries and resturants. This area has a broad mix of homes. The closer you are to broadway the older the houses are, but typically the homes were built between 1940-1960. This neighborhood mixes in with the University neighborhood around DU which has a great night life and a small university center.
Around DU there are many duplexes and quadplexes mixed in with the single-family homes, but like most of Denver, many of the houses are being demolished. The row home duplex is a pretty popular build in this neighborhood, especially around Pearl Street. However, one of the best features of this area is that you are very close to Washington Park, but you are still outside of the city and its very high prices.
This area in particular has a high concentration of asbestos based building materials. Siding, popcorn ceilings, asbestos duct wrap and more were used liberally when building homes in this area. It is important for your inspector to call these items out. Also, if you are planning a remodel, we recommend you test these products for asbestos.
Park Hill – Stapleton
East of Denver is Park Hill and Stapleton. If you are not familiar with the story, Stapleton was Denver’s airport before DIA opened in 1995. This area was earmarked as one of the biggest redevelopment projects in the country. In the last few decades, there has been major development of this area. The closer you are to the older airport site, the newer the homes are. These are typically modern town homes and paired homes on smaller lots. However, they are very nice and generally the builders produce great quality houses. Stapleton has grown in popularity and because of the development of the east side, the traffic has increased on I70. Because of this, the city is doing major reconstruction work to the highway to expand it.
There are pockets of older homes around this area as well. 1950s ranch style houses are more typically in Park Hill. Park Hill is a classic American neighborhood with brick homes and alley ways between homes. This is a very popular fix and flip neighborhood with many freshly remodeled homes. Fix and flip homes are great, but ensuring the flippers work is high quality is one of our priorities as an inspector. Also, older homes bring the risk of extra pests. Our pest inspection can help ensure there are no wood destroying organisms in the home.