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With Pacific Northwest Building Inspections, Des Moines building inspections can often be scheduled within 24 hours. By the end of the inspection, a comprehensive electronic report, with supporting documentation and digital pictures, is available for your immediate review. Call 206-782-8969 today to schedule your inspection today.

Des Moines Residential Inspections

Thinking of selling? Schedule a Des Moines pre-listing Inspection to uncover items that are sure to come up in a buyer’s inspection. Maintain the integrity of your home and eliminate costly bargaining chips that decrease the sale price of your real estate transaction.

About to buy? From new construction to properties on the National Historic Registry, any home you consider purchasing requires a thorough inspection. Schedule a Des Moines pre-purchase inspection to help you find any potential items that may factor into your buying decision, give you leverage in renegotiating the sale price, or allow you to request repairs before closing.

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Des Moines Commercial Inspections

Commercial property typically involves a significant investment. Every building, whether an apartment building, storage facility, or grocery store, needs to be completely inspected prior to purchase in order to properly protect that investment.

A key part of Des Moines commercial inspections is infrared thermography. An infrared inspection of electrical panels and machinery helps identify areas that consume higher amounts of energy than necessary. Infrared thermography can also identity potential water leaks in the overall structure of the building.

Request infrared thermography with your inspection before you close the sale to find any issues that may cost hundreds of thousands to repair later.

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Des Moines Infrared Thermographic Inspections

Pacific Northwest Building Inspections considers an infrared camera to be one of the most important tools in a Des Moines home inspector’s tool bag. A scientific process that essentially measures thermal or infrared energy, infrared thermography can detect insulation, air leakage, water, electrical, heating, and cooling problems.

Without any disruptive – or destructive – exploration, Pacific Northwest Building Inspections can discover water leaks around windows, doors, interior and exterior walls, roofs, and water pipes. Wall insulation and the heating and cooling efficiency of windows and doors can also be assessed by using an infrared camera.

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Some Information About Des Moines, Washington

There is no evidence that Indian tribes had permanent settlements in Des Moines. However, there is ample evidence that the Duwamish and Muckleshoot Indian tribes came to Des Moines for fishing and clamming.

What was to become Des Moines was first sighted by Europeans on May 26, 1792 during the exploration of British naval Captain George Vancouver on his flagship HMS Discovery. The first Americans to visit the area were part of Charles Wilkes' Expedition.

The first known settler was John Moore who probably arrived about 1867. His homestead claim certificate (#285) was granted on July 2, 1872.

In 1887 F.A. Blasher persuaded some friends in his home city of Des Moines, Iowa, to help finance the development of town on Puget Sound. The work was done by the Des Moines Improvement Company.[4] In 1889 the area was platted into lots and sold by the Des Moines Improvement Company, which had been incorporated by F. A. Blasher, Orin Watts Barlow, Charles M. Johnson, and John W. Kleeb. Lumber mills provided the community with its primary employment.

Early transportation to Des Moines was by water. The Mosquito Fleet provided access to Seattle, Tacoma, and Vashon Island. The first road, the Brick Highway, was completed in May 1916. The first cross-Puget Sound automobile ferry started service from Des Moines to Portage on November 13, 1916. This ferry service continued until September 1921. Before World War II farming fueled the local economy.

Following the war, suburbanization of the community occurred. With increased population, the county government was unable to supply the level of service and local control desired by Des Moines residents. In response to this, Des Moines was officially incorporated on June 17, 1959.

The city's most visible asset is its 838-berth small boat marina that was opened on May 10, 1970. In 1980, a 670 foot concrete and aluminum fishing pier was built at the north end of the marina.

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