712-281-3080 - Council Bluffs 515-664-4303 - Des Moines Serving Des Moines, IA, Council Bluffs, IA, & Surrounding Areas

Des Moines, Iowa  and Southwest, Iowa area Home Inspections

Buyers Inspections

From home inspections, radon testing to air quality testing, Stratton Home Inspections has you covered. We offer buyer’s/seller’s home inspections, new home inspections, and year warranty inspections as well.

As Certified Master Inspector’s, Stratton Home Inspections must adhere to a level of Standards of Practice. Read through our extensive list of services below! For questions and more information, be sure to contact us today.

  • Roof, vents, flashings, and trim
  • Gutters and downspouts
  • Skylight, chimney, and other roof penetrations
  • Decks, stoops, porches, walkways, and railings
  • Eaves, soffit, and fascia
  • Grading and drainage
  • Basement, foundation, and crawlspace
  • Water penetration and foundation movement
  • Heating and cooling systems
  • Main water shutoff valves
  • Water heating system
  • Interior plumbing fixtures and faucets
  • Drainage sump pumps with accessible floats
  • Electrical service line and meter box
  • Main disconnect and service amperage
  • Electric panels, breakers, and fuses
  • Grounding and bonding
  • GFCIs and AFCIs
  • Fireplace damper door and hearth
  • Insulation and ventilation
  • Garage doors, safety sensors, and openers
  • And much more.

Review the InterNACHI Standards of Practice for complete details, or give us a call today.

Additional Inspection Services

RADON TESTING – Call for pricing 

We offer professional certified radon testing, at a reduced rate when combined with a home inspection. Typically, the radon test is a two-day process in which a state of the art testing machine is placed in the lowest-level of a home that is habitable. And so, for a home with finished space in the basement, the test would be placed in the basement. For a home without a basement, or with only a 4-foot foundation rather than a full basement, the test would be placed on the first floor. Radon is always present, but its level fluctuates constantly. After 48 hours, the average radon level is taken, and if the radon level is found to be at or above 4.0 pCi/L, it is considered “unsafe” by the EPA. If this is the case, the situation can be remedied by a radon mitigation system.

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas found in soil and rock. It seeps into homes through cracks in the foundation, walls and joints. Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe. It can get into any type of building–homes, offices and schools–but you and your family are likely to get your greatest exposure at home, where you spend most of your time.

Among nonsmokers, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates, lung cancer due to radon exposure claims about 21,000 US lives annually. In many cases, lung cancer can be prevented; this is especially true for radon-related lung cancer.

Please feel free to give us a call with any questions, or you can also see the link below for additional information.



Identifies mold and allergens present in the home. Up to two air samples are collected throughout the home and sent to a verified AIHA-accredited lab for analysis {and addional samples needed based on square footage will be $35 each}. An easy-to-read report is then sent to you with a recommended course of action to follow.

When should a mold inspection and mold testing be considered?

  • When visible mold is not present, but the smell of mold is present. Here a mold inspection and mold test can reveal whether there is indeed elevated mold, and where it is located.
  • There have been plumbing leaks or water issues and there is a suspicion that elevated mold may exist in the air and/or behind walls.
  • Post mold removal clearance testing, to ensure that the previous mold issues have been resolved, and mold counts have returned to levels found in normal environments of the same type.
  • Health Concerns: In some cases a doctor or the patient has a health issue that they cannot pinpoint the cause but seems to be related to mold symptoms (coughing, sneezing, headaches, etc.). Here, a mold inspection and test may help to confirm whether the doctor’s or patient’s suspicions that a mold problem exists.
  • For real estate transactions for the protection of buyers and sellers.
  • Landlord/tenant disputes as to whether there is a mold problem.
  • Someone thinks they see or smell mold but are not sure.
  • Someone is interested in a general indoor air quality test of their environment.

Mold Inspection Standards of Practice

Contact Information

Stratton Home Inspections
Serving Des Moines, IA Council Bluffs, IA & Surrounding Areas
712-281-3080 - Council Bluffs
515-664-4303 – Des Moines
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