Scott Home Inspection Fort Collins
Are you looking for a trusted, experienced, and highly rated home inspection company in the Fort Collins, Loveland and Greeley, Colorado areas?
Fort Collins Home Inspection Veterans:
In the last year, our team of inspectors has completed 1000+ home inspections in the Northern Colorado region and over 300 in Fort Collins alone. With a team of 15 inspectors and many of them being dedicated to the northern Colorado area, we assure you our experience is top notch.
Each blue dot on the map represents an inspection we did in 2018.
Northern Colorado Area Details
North Fort Collins – University Area
The northern half of Fort Collins contains some of the cities most famous features. There areas include Colorado State University campus and Old Town. This region is the older portion of the city and it is also where the largest portion of student housing is located. The older homes in the city are typically located right off the east side of colege, and north of Mulberry Street. The homes in the city range deeply in age, but generally speaking, homes around campus are typically 1920-1970s, with some newer builds and apartment buildings mixed in.
Because of the student use, there are many duplex homes, smaller apartment units, and homes that have been converted into mixed use. There are also some very large apartment complexes that are typically filled with students such as Rams Village and Rams Point. Unfortunately, student houses are not typically well maintained or clean. Therefore, we recommend pest inspections and mold testing when purchasing these units. However, Old Town contains many interesting lofts and older buildings for purchase if that is more your style.
South Fort Collins
The southern half of Fort Collins gets you away from the action of the University. Although many students still reside in these area, it is known to be slightly quieter with a mix of long term residents. Also, the homes are typically newer than the northern counterparts. Generally, the homes in this region are 1960s to 2000s. There is also an influx of new building occurring on the south east side of the city. The east side of Harmony Road boast the newer region of shopping, restaurants, and entertainment, along with the newer homes.
On the southwest side of town, you will find the classic 1960s – 1980s suburban neighborhoods. We recommend sewer scope inspections in these areas as many of the homes have clay sewer lines which are prone to damage and roots. There are also many larger apartment buildings in this area that have converted to individual owner use.
Loveland is a quiet northern Colorado town that has a wide range of homes. The lots are typically larger then a metro suburb, and the whole city is slightly newer than average. The majority of the suburban home building did not occur until the 60s in Loveland, so many of the homes are newer. The town also has 2 public lakes that are popular boating and swimming destinations. Lake Loveland in the center, and Boyd Lake on the eastern edge. Both lakes have great lake home neighborhoods if you are looking for a property near water. However, if you are buying a lake front property, be sure to get a mold air sample test with your home inspection because of the low water table.
The city also has 3 big high schools, making it a great place to raise a family. There is also an old downtown district with great new restaurants and breweries popping up every day.
Once a small and slightly unknown Colorado town, Longmont has exploded in popularity over the recent years. Along with that explosion came skyrocketing housing prices. A lot of this growth can be blamed on the growth of Boulder, Colorado. Because Longmont is just a short drive down highway 119 from Boulder, many former Boulder residents migrated to Longmont in search of lower housing costs. Since then, the landscape has changed drastically with new builds all along the western edge of town. There is also a large development of high end homes on the southwest side of town where houses are selling for well over the 1 million dollar mark.
Aside from the rapid expansion, the rest of the town has a great feel as well. With homes ranging from the 1920s to brand new, you can find what you are looking for. The downtown main street area in the center of the city has great breweries and restaurants, while the south end of Hover Road has the majority of the shopping and food chains. The overwhelming majority of housing in Longmont is single-family residents, and the majority of those have basements. We always recommend radon testing homes with basements present.
Greeley is a mixed bag of housing that accommodates its diverse set of citizens. Greeley is home to the University of Northern Colorado which is the states 3rd largest university. Greeley is also home to Colorado largest meat packing plant, just outside the city. The homes vary widely from older college housing, to small 1950s and 60s homes, to larger and newer suburban developments. The city can generally be broken up into those 3 parts as well, with the university in the center, the older homes on the east and south side, and the newer homes on the east side of the town.
Generally speaking, the further west you get in the city, the newer the homes will be. There is also a slew of more rural homes around the city as well. Many of these properties are on wells. These are good candidates for our water quality test. There is also quite a bit of newer builds on the northwest side of the town near to the business park.
Berthoud – Johnstown – Windsor
Around the bigger cities mentioned in these slides are the smaller more rural towns. These areas are growing rapidly with the state. Many new suburban neighborhoods are poping up around Berthoud and Johnstown. Berthoud is particularly a hot spot for building right now as a brand new PGA golf course is being constructed as a massive development project. Homes in this area will range from $300k to $1 million.
If you are looking for extra acreage, these smaller towns may have the answer. Many of the lots in the neighborhoods outside the town centers have bigger lots, and most of them are reasonably close to I25 and other cities. Many of the larger lots will have multiple buildings on site which will require additional fees for us to inspect. Outbuildings, barns, and external garages fall under this category. Also, our pest inspection might be a good add-on for older farmhouses and barns as wood destroying organisms will be more common.