Aspen, Colorado

Aspen is known for its skiing, shopping, fine dining, and high prices. In a town like Aspen, building a home comes with many obstacles, the primary being budget. When building a custom home in Aspen, build times are often 16-24 months, and finding contractors and sub-contractors is a continual struggle. As you can imagine, with this long of build time, budgets typically are exceeded and often times doubled! At SmartPads, we build the homes off-site and deliver them to the home site. We are able to build the home at a fixed price (which is typically about 60% of the overall cost) and deliver the home to the site 95% complete. This building method not only allows us to build a higher-quality product, but we can also build the home in as little as 3 months! Once the home is delivered to the site, a local General Contractor is in charge of completing any remaining items, such as landscaping and the building of decks, balconies, and garages. Typically, these final items only take a few weeks’ time before the home is fully complete and ready to move in! 

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Aspen, Colorado

About Aspen

The resort town of Aspen is well-known as one of the world’s leading ski destinations. It is situated in the Roaring Fork Valley amongst the Elk Mountain in central Colorado. At nearly 8,000 feet, Aspen is an outdoor playground for people of all ages. Skiing, luxurious dining, and a diverse variation of high-end and eclectic shopping are a few of the main attractions that bring avid travelers and well-known celebrities to Aspen.

Although Aspen only has a population of roughly 6,600 people, there are nearly 100 restaurants and bars for locals and visitors to enjoy, providing an option for every palate.

In the late nineteenth century, Aspen became a hub for folks looking to strike it rich during the silver boom. In 1887, Aspen became the first town in Colorado to provide electricity to the whole town, however soon after, the town was devastated and almost transformed into a ghost town by the demonetization of silver.

With ranchers and farmers occupying the town until the 1930s, skiing was then introduced and began attracting a variety of people, including hippies, high-rollers, and cowboys. In 1946, the Aspen Skiing Corporation was founded and it has completely transformed the town. Skiing in Aspen offers access to four distinct mountains: Snowmass, Ajax, Highlands, and Buttermilk. Snowmass is now the second largest ski resort in the nation, making it a hub for adventure lovers. 

Aspen sees nearly 300 days of sunshine a year, providing the ideal setting for year-round activities. In the warmer months, locals and visitors enjoy activities such as rafting, biking, hiking, fishing, skiing, and rock climbing. In the winter, this luxurious resort town can expect an average of nearly 300 inches of snowfall, which leads many to world-class skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and much more! 

Accessing the town of Aspen by car is very easy in the summertime. There are multiple routes to town, including Independence Pass, which is the highest paved road in North America. When the winter hits, Independence Pass closes, and access becomes a bit more limited. Often times, visitors choose to fly to Aspen, taking advantage of the 4 airports nearby, 1 of which includes the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport, which is conveniently only 3 miles from downtown Aspen.

1. Is regular car maintenance necessary?

Yes, it is absolutely necessary to maintain the health of your car, especially that of the engine. We recommend that you schedule your car’s maintenance and service if not more, then at least once a year. Alternatively, you must schedule it every 10,000-12,000 miles, if that comes earlier than a year.

Besides this regular servicing, you must also pay attention to anything that seems unusual, like a funny smell or whirring noises that emanate from any part of your car. If you do find any such noise or smell, please get your car checked ASAP.

2. Is there a time-frame for regular service of my car radiator?
Yes, there is, and it is prescribed within the owner’s manual of the car. While that is the rule, it is also a general practice to the radiator and the coolant checked by our radiator repair service in Northgate each time you have driven around 30,000 miles or every five years, whichever occurs first.
3. Do I need to service my car’s air conditioner even if I go for the car’s annual maintenance?

We do recommend you to get its serviced every two years over and above the annual maintenance. It ensures that it is working properly in all seasons by ensuring better and longer component life and function.

Northside air conditioning service, as a rule, works on the 25 point system check, which needs to be adhered to strictly. We also perform complete evacuation; oiling and dying (if found to be required); recharging the system to  adequate level; as well as the system performance test.

4. What are the indications of a damaged car suspension?
Just like most things in your car, a damaged suspension also gives out clear indication when damaged. Here are some things you should look out for.

  • The car pulls to either side while driving.
  • You can see that one of the corners seems to be sitting low when the car is parked.
  • Steering becomes difficult.
  • If you feel every bump on the road (a clear sign that you need to check your vehicle’s front/rear shock absorber checked)
  • You feel the car squatting toward the back while accelerating
  • Even the lightest of braking makes your car nosedive.
  • You feel too much body roll on the curves.

It’s time to get the suspension checked if any of this is happening.

5. Is log book service good for me?

If you are getting it done from a reliable service provider, it is the best thing you can do to save money. We service your vehicle according to your vehicle service log book as provided by the manufacturer. This is done to upkeep your vehicles’ warranty. That allows you to skip the expensive service at the manufacturer’s agency and choose an affordable but reliable service like us.

6. When do I know it’s time to replace my car’s brake pads?

You should generally take it as a given that the brake pads will start to wear out at some 20,000 to 30,000 miles. But that is not an absolute figure. There are external factors that influence this time frame.

What you need to keep in mind is that if you face any usual screeching/grinding sound (especially if it is high-pitched) or obvious difficulty in braking, it’s time to see a car brake specialist in Northgate.