When it comes to the diversity of homes in Northern Colorado, it is easy to find what you want. Whether you are looking for a mid-century modern or a quaint victorian, the local housing market is generally happy to comply. Depending on the area in which you are buying a home, it is important to consider the utilities. We are blessed enough to live in a region where rural living is not out of reach for the average homebuyer. When you decide to move to a rural region it is not always possible to be connected to city water and sewer. Today we would like to discuss the differences that are important when deciding to move to a rural area. Winding River Home Inspection Services is your local home inspection professional. No matter where you make your home, up in Drake, down in Loveland, or even Old Town Fort Collins, it is critical that you have a home inspection, particularly when buying or selling. We have served the Northern Colorado region since ‘99 and we are committed to ensuring safe housing for our clients. When you need inspection services, give Winding River a call, we are able to inspect your rural, in-town and even commercial property.    


One of the first things you need to think about when buying a home outside of the city is the availability of municipal electricity. Many times this is not an issue but if you are looking to find a lot for future building, it is possible that electricity is not available in the area. Generally, out east, this will not be an issue due to existing infrastructure but the more remote you plan on being in the mountains may mean running electricity. Of course there are options and living off of the electric grid is entirely possible even if it is not very practical at this point. Solar power is probably the best bet for self sustainability and the technology has made great improvements over the past several years. The conundrum with solar is that it relies exclusively on the sun to generate power and the most demand for power comes in at night. Another viable solution is to utilize wind power. Small, wind driven turbines have recently come on the market that are very effective. The issue with wind power is that it is unreliable at this point and can effectively be used as a supplemental energy source.

The issue with these alternative electrical generation devices is the ability to store the electricity for on demand usage. As consumers, we are not willing to wait until the wind is blowing to turn on the lights or the sun is shining to use the microwave, power must be on demand. The unfortunate fact is that battery technology is the only piece of the puzzle keeping solar and wind power from becoming the standard for remote homes. Currently battery technology is undergoing a renaissance, meaning the possibility of affordable solar or wind power is right around the corner. Having municipal electricity is the best way to go for your remote home, but depending on where the electricity must come from it can be very expensive. Generally when running electricity to a remote area, it is customary for the buried cables to follow a roadway and the closer you are to a road, the likelihood of the installation being affordable increases.


Next to power, water and sewer are critical utilities that need to be considered. In many remote areas, particularly in the mountains, municipal water is not generally easy to come by. This is due to the expense and difficulty of pumping water uphill, which we all know is counter intuitive. There are two solutions for the lack of water, dig a well or put up a water tank. Of course a water tank is much cheaper but, depending on your water usage, it will be very expensive to get water to your property. Digging a well is the best possible option for getting water in remote places. Digging a well in the Rocky Mountains can be a challenge but the water quality is generally pretty good.

These are a few things to think about when deciding whether or not to buy or build a rural home please join us next time when we will discuss sewer and septic systems for rural homes. As always, thank you for your business and we look forward to hearing from you.