Provo, Utah Home Inspections
Certified Master Home Inspector, Michael Leavitt is a Provo, Utah home inspection expert.
We know you have options when selecting your Provo, Utah home inspector and we are glad you are considering Michael Leavitt & Co Inspections, Inc.. As you select your inspection firm it is important that you consider the inspector’s experience with Provo, Utah housing stock. Michael Leavitt has been inspecting Provo houses since 1995, and whether it is an 1895 Pioneer home, a 2013 new home, or one of the many converted BYU student housing rentals surrounding Brigham Young University, Michael is very familiar with the risks with Lindon houses.
PROVO HOUSING RISKS - Provo has all types of housing stock and different portions of the city have different risks. Whether you are dealing with water table issues in the River Bottoms or along the Provo River, dealing with expansive soils near Utah Lake, struggling with termite infestations on the bench, dealing with Radon on the bench and Grandview Hill, or trying to secure a home to the side of the scenic foothills, Michael has dealt with homes suffering from each of these issues. Experience is the key, and Michael has inspected over a thousand homes in the Provo, Utah area.
Who will be the inspector performing your inspection? As a seasoned home inspector, Michael Leavitt brings with him an incredible eye for detail. Michael is the sole inspector at Michael Leavitt & Co Inspections, Inc., so you know you will always be having Michael perform your home inspection.
Michael Leavitt has performed home inspections and commercial inspections throughout Northern Utah and the 5 state inter-mountain area, but Provo, Utah is one of his favorite places to inspect.
We encourage you to either book your inspection right now online, or give Michael a call and discuss the details of the home you are considering purchasing/selling.
Home inspections are needed when buying a home, but they are also a great tool when selling your Provo, Utah home. Having it pre-inspected will help to avoid the renegotiation headaches that occur when the seller waits for the buyer to have their home inspection performed. Knowing the issues of the home before the buyer comes along empowers the seller to make the decision to either repair the item or disclose the need for repair. Hiring an experienced home inspector like Michael Leavitt is your best course of action and the best way to protect your assets.
Provo, Utah History
Two Franciscan friars, Francisco Dominguez and Silvestre de Escalante, were the first Spaniards to visit the area that makes up present-day Utah County. They arrived in the area from Santa Fe, New Mexico, in search of a direct route to Monterey, California. Arriving in 1776, Father Escalente described the Provo/Orem Valley as having comfortable weather both day and night. "This place is the most pleasant, beautiful, and fertile land in all New Spain," he wrote. The two priests instructed the native Americans in Christian teachings, and though they promised to return, no further record of them remains.
Etienne Provost, a French Canadian trapper, was the next recorded European visitor. He arrived in the area in 1825 with a band of men in search of fur-bearing animals. The trappers were visited by 20 or 30 natives, whose leader told them that they could not smoke peace pipes together because there was iron in the vicinity. Provost and his men moved their knives and guns further away, and subsequently the natives attacked them with hidden knives and tomahawks, killing 17 of the 22 men. Provost and four other men escaped and made their way to the mountains.
The Mormon pioneers, fleeing religious persecution in Illinois, were the next European visitors to the area. Brigham Young led his followers to Salt Lake Valley in 1847, where they immediately began planting crops and constructing houses. In 1849 a permanent settlement in Provo was established by Mormon pioneers.
Provo was founded in 1850 as Fort Utah, named after the Ute tribe that inhabited the region. Later, the name was changed to Fort Provo in honor of Provost, the French trapper.
A war between the settlers and the native tribes took place in 1850, and the Walker War followed in 1853. The Mormons built a fort that they called Fort Utah as a protection against their native enemies. Shortly after, settlers began building houses around the fort. By 1852 hotels and businesses had been established.
By 1861 all of the Utah Valley was being settled. Even though lack of water remained a problem, many of the earlier settlers from nearby valleys began living on the lands that now comprise the city of Orem. When railroad connections were built from Salt Lake City (1873) and Scofield (1878), Provo became a shipping point for the region's mines. Provo is the seat of Brigham Young University (founded in 1875) and Utah Valley State College. Nearby are the Uinta National Forest, with headquarters in Provo; a state fish hatchery; a wild bird refuge; and Provo Peak.
Today, Provo is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the nation, with population gains of nearly 40 percent in the 1990s and into the new millennium. The area boasts a high quality of life due in part to its proximity to an abundance of recreational and leisure options in the nearby Wasatch Mountains and Utah Lake. Provo is also ranked as one of the Country's most "stress-free" cities.
Historical Information: Department of History, Brigham Young University, 2130 JFSB, Provo, UT 84602; telephone (801)422-4335
Michael Leavitt regularly performs home inspections in the following areas and beyond: Orem, Provo, Springville, Mapleton, Spanish Fork, Benjamin, Payson, Elk Ridge, Woodland Hills, Genola, Elberta, Santaquin, Lindon, Pleasant Grove, Cedar Hills, Highland, American Fork, Lehi, Highland, Alpine, Saratoga Springs, Eagle Mountain, Salt Lake City, Draper, Sandy, Midvale, Bluffdale, Riverton, Herriman, South Jordan, West Jordan, Magna, West Valley, Bountiful, Layton, North Salt Lake, Cottonwood Heights, Taylorsville, Murray, Holaday, Magna, West Valley, Centerville, Farmington, Kaysville, Woods Cross, Park City, Jeremy Ranch, Deer Valley, Heber and Sundance.