Serving Central Iowa

Home Inspection Services

Arete Home Inspections LLC. is committed to providing thorough inspection services to clients throughout Central Iowa. A typical home inspection will be about 2-4 hours, depending on the size of the home or property. You are encouraged to join us on the inspection to learn more about our process and what we’re looking for. Being on the inspection with us will also help you get familiar with your new home. After the initial inspection, we will provide you with an easy-to-read detailed report within 24 hours.

Home Maintenance Inspections


Owning and maintaining a home is a significant responsibility. All of us live busy lives, so understanding the status of your home is often difficult. We often take a reactionary approach to maintenance, and only address or repair something once it breaks. A Maintenance Inspection from Arete Home Inspections LLC. will review all areas of your home, which are related to proper maintenance and repair. The inspection will review the following areas:

  • Roofing and Attic
  • Foundation, Basement and Crawlspace
  • Plumbing System
  • Electrical System
  • Heating/Cooling Systems
  • Garage
  • Interior Spaces

Property Listing Inspections


Our home inspections cover several areas of your home including the structure, exterior, roofing, electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems, interior, insulation, and ventilation. We go through the entirety of each system, inspecting every room and area. We check for a solid foundation, leaks, and make sure the sump pump works. We examine siding, flashing, trim, eaves, doors, windows, decks, porches, driveways, lawns, and garage doors. We look at the roof to check out the materials, chimney, drainage, gutters, rafters, and structural supports. Our inspectors look for electrical problems and check connections for safety and efficiency. Plumbing flow, the sewer system, faucets, and other aspects are thoroughly tested. We study how the heating and cooling system functions; making sure it is efficient and effective. We look closely for any structural repairs need and check for moisture control and air flow.

New Construction Inspections


New construction inspections are performed at the completion of construction, but prior to your final walk through.

Building a new home involves many people, usually split up into sub-contractor groups, each one working on different parts and systems of the house. Even for the best builders, it’s nearly impossible to complete this process without missing something. Maybe it’s a plumbing fixture that didn’t get tested for leaks, maybe it’s an electrical outlet that isn’t working, or any one of a dozen minor problems that can easily be overlooked in such a major undertaking. We will find such problems while it is still early enough for you to bring them up with the builder and have them corrected before you sign off and start moving in.

Radon Testing


Radon is a cancer-causing natural radioactive gas that you can’t see, smell or taste. Its presence in your home can pose a danger to your family’s health. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer in America. The U.S. Surgeon General and EPA recommend that all homes be tested for the presence of radon. Arete Home Inspections LLC. is a qualified radon testing service, having completed the Radon Measurement Operator Proficiency course. We use measuring devices that are placed in the lowest level of the residence for a period of 48 hours, with the results available at the end of the test.

Mold Testing


There are many areas in every home where mold growth can be hiding. A professional mold inspection can help you identify those areas where mold is actively growing in your home. Mold inspections will often reveal multiple areas of mold contamination which effectively have a cumulative effect equal to that of a very large area.

Mold and moisture inspections are always recommended even when mold contamination is not present in a building. These inspections are performed for individuals suffering from health problems believed to be related to poor indoor air quality, as well as, during real estate transactions, and litigation between buyers/sellers, tenants/landlords, or claimants and insurance companies. Because indoor mold is a direct cause of so many health problems, a mold inspection is a wise investment for everyone, not just those who are already suffering symptoms.

Wood Destroying Insect (termite) Inspections


Wood destroying insects and other organisms can cause serious problems in the wood structural components of a house and may go undetected for a long period of time. A termite inspection is included in all our home inspection packages, saving you money and time in one appointment.

Arete Home Inspections LLC. starts with a full termite inspection which includes visual and probing methods. We will look for termite mud tubes, tunnels, and wings on window ledges, door frames, and in boiler rooms. Termite damaged wood beams, joists, and wood support columns in your basement and garage are also inspected.

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Arete Home Inspections LLC |
Serving Central Iowa
| 515-318-7181 |