What exactly is an inspection?

*  All inspections are customized to your specific needs.  While our whole home inspections start at $325, and condominium at $225, we can give you a more personalized quote by phone or email. 
**  Veterans will always receive a $50 discount on inspections

Our inspector will perform the inspection in approximately 3 hours.  The finalized report will include digital photography and roughly 20-30 pages of noted observations.  The buyer is invited to be present during this inspection and follow the inspector so he can ensure you feel comfortable with the findings and terms used in the report.  The inspection itself will entail the following items:

  • Roof: Shingles, flashings, chimneys, vents, trim and gutters, drip edges, skylights, downspouts, and other visible roof related items
  • Attics: Insulation, ventilation, rafters, joists and collar ties, trusses, wiring attachments, and other visible related items
  • Plumbing and Fixtures: Water pressure, water distribution system, hose bibs, sinks and faucets, bath/showers and toilets, sanitary
    system, and other plumbing system components.
  • Interior: Floors and ceilings, walls, stairs (if applicable) and banisters, finishes, sinks, cabinets, shelving, built-in appliances, smoke detectors and safety-related items, and other visible interior-related components
  • Heating and Cooling Systems: Furnace, air cleaning parts, ductwork, air conditioner and lines, and other visible related HVAC components.
  • Electrical Systems: Service entry and clearances, service panel, switches and outlets, visible wiring and junction boxes, grounding system, and other related electrical components.
  • Basements, Crawl Spaces, and Foundation: Insulation, ventilation, posts, vapor barriers, utility attachment, structural items, floors and walls, and columns.
  • Exterior: Siding materials, attachments, windows, doors, sashes and lintels, vents, entryways, and other visible exterior related components.
  • Decks and Porches
  • Environmental Issues
  • Fireplaces
  • Overall Structure

Water Quality Testing

Iowa has a large amount of agricultural runoff which means well water systems can have extremely high levels of  nitrates and other fertilizer compounds.  Additionally, wells are commonly found to have elevated amounts of arsenic

Full Trust can provide water quality testing to ensure lead, pesticides, or other environmental pollutants aren’t present in your water supply.

Radon Testing

Radon is an odorless, invisible gas that is released in the air due to the breakdown of radioactive material in certain types of soil.  It is considered by the EPA to be the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.

Although the complete effects and damages caused by radon are subject to debate, it is often a concern to an Iowa home-buyer.  Using a continuous radon monitor we can provide a detailed report showing the radon levels in the home and allow the potential buyer to have a complete picture of their home prior to purchase.