Your Erie Colorado Home Inspector
I have lived here for many years and know the houses from top to bottom, model to model. The town of Erie has been around for a long time but but there is a lot of new construction trying to bring in new residents.
As a Home Inspector in Erie
The concerns we sometimes have with inspecting homes here is that they get built too fast. They're trying to push for a whole subdivision instead of worrying about a certain house at a time. So they end up with some site specific, home specific construction issues. It doesn't mean that the builder necessarily has done a bad job in general, it's just that sometimes one house out of 100 ends up with structural issues from something that got missed during the construction phase. These are the kinds of things that I try to discover during the inspection process so that you're aware of the potential of some issues. Plus, if you do find specific items then you have the ability to continue negotiations to correct the issue. One of the problems we see occasionally in Erie houses is soil settling. This can actually be as aggressive as foundation movement which we can certainly see onsite as it is difficult to conceal this. This type of attention to detail gives you then a better position for your negotiations. Whether the issues are house-specific or neighborhood-specific, we know that you want to have all of the information so that you get the house for the right price.
Erie is Close to Everything With Lots Going On
The great thing about Erie is that it is close to a lot of places. Being close to I-25 and Boulder and you can get down to Denver very quickly. So the lifestyle is great there. They have a town fair that's held once a year in May typically. There are many community get togethers including a Balloon Festival as well as concerts "on the green". And that's an opportunity for folks to get together, meet neighbors and make friends. Individual neighborhoods have their own block parties at just about every opportunity. It's a very friendly community that is not too big that people get lost and yet there's definitely a growing environment with new construction and excitement. The real estate outlook is so good in fact that the city wants to have more homes built. They're pushing much more towards the residential side of things rather than commercial. There is currently only one grocery store in Erie (which is Safeway), but Walmart and King Soopers are only a mile away so you don't have to go too far for everyday shopping.
The city has grown a lot over the last decade and their approach to "what good construction is all about" has improved. However, with all the new development going on, it is important to go through your check list, and make sure that you're not that 1 out of 100 homes that something got missed on. Typically this is an oversight and when I approach even brand new houses that are literally right out of the ground, I ask "who is the superintendent?". It's not that the builder is necessarily bad, it's just that sometime the superintendent was promoted or let go. And when the handoff is made that one "transition house" can have issues. We always feel it is good to have as deep an understanding of you prospective house as possible so that you can feel solid about your decision.