Inspection Information

Home Inspections

Our primary goal is to serve you by inspecting a property and by providing you with a detailed report that most accurately and precisely describes the condition of the property’s vital components and operating systems. All of our home inspections are done in accordance with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) Standards of Practice. With experience as an architect and home inspector, we offer you one of the best home inspection anyone can find in the Des Moines area. Although our reports are very comprehensive, they are broken down into a logical and simple presentation including photos. We will also report on any observed safety conditions as they may affect the property or its occupants. After the inspection we are always available to answer any questions until closing. We take pride in inspecting properties and our number one priority is your satisfaction.

Components

  • Roofing System
  • Exterior
  • Basement & Crawlspace
  • Foundation & Structure
  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Fireplace
  • Attic, Insulation & Ventilation
  • Doors, Windows, and Interiors

 

Add On Items

Older than 1980

Homes older than 1980 typically have a lot of character and beautiful features, but aging structure and outdated construction techniques often require a more thorough investigation and interpretation. Because they require a little more time, there is a small add-on charge but it is well worth the investment knowing you’re getting a beautiful property. This is a service provided by Inspect Des Moines.

Radon

Radon is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. In the United States, radon is the first leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers, and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that radon causes approximately 21,000 deaths per year nationally, most of these are preventable. This is a service provided by Inspect Des Moines.

Mold

Mold spores are a common component of household dust; however, when mold spores are present in large quantities, they can present a health hazard to humans, potentially causing allergic reactions and respiratory problems. Black mold can pose serious health risks to humans and animals and can lead to to neurological problems and in some cases, death. This service is provided by a third party, we can provide recommendations.

Termites

Termites can do great damage to unprotected buildings and other wooden structures that is not always readily apparent. According to Termite Infestation Probability Zones (TIP Zones), the southern two-thirds of Iowa are located in TIP Zone #2 (moderate to heavy), which means the potential for termite damage is considered significant.  This service is provided by a third party, we can provide recommendations.