Dedicated to be your ally.
RED is on a mission!
We help clients acquire their dream of homeownership by providing top quality inspections,
education through engagement, and home improvement connections.
RED is on your side.
Meet The Owner
With extensive experience in the construction and home improvement industry, Dave is uniquely qualified to provide first class inspections and common sense advice. Dave grew up in the home improvement arena. His father (Richard Eugene Dicks ie. RED the inspiration for the company name), a home builder and remodeler for nearly 50 years, taught Dave the basics of remodeling beginning in his high school years. After graduating high school, Dave served as a missionary intern for TIME Missions in Monterrey, Mexico. There, Dave learned to speak Spanish.
In 1991, Dave entered his first year of college at the Moody Bible Institute (Chicago, Illinois). His time at Moody was instrumental in learning how to communicate with people. He has a bachelors degree in the Science of Integrated Ministries, a pastoral theology program. With a passion for communications, people, and languages, in addition to Spanish, in recent years Dave has added Italian to his languages spoken. He is a lifelong learner, languages included!
Upon exiting college, Dave reentered the home improvement industry. Starting with inside sales at a small lumber yard, then advancing to outside sales for an equipment company in Des Moines, he knows the nature of quality construction materials. In 2007, Dave entered the entrepreneurial world by starting a business as a sub-contractor in the remodeling and home building space. During that time, Dave acquired experience in light commercial work as well, performing numerous tenant finish improvements for local companies.
Most currently, Dave has brought his remodeling business to a close to focus exclusively on bringing exemplary home inspection services to neighborhoods of Central Iowa. And he will do so with the same integrity and quality of workmanship he brought to the remodeling world.
Dave Dicks, CPI, is a Certified Professional Inspector® trained by InterNACHI—the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (www.NACHI.org)—which is the world's largest nonprofit association of residential and commercial property inspectors, and provides education, training, certification, benefits and support for its members. All InterNACHI-Certified Professional Inspectors® are required to pass an Inspector Exam, follow a comprehensive Standards of Practice, abide by a strict Code of Ethics, and take accredited Continuing Education courses each year in order to maintain their membership in good standing.
Dave has acquired extensive home inspector training through InterNACHI’s rigorous Continuing Education curriculum, which includes dozens of live classroom, online, and video training courses, written by experts in their field, which have received more than 1,400 accreditations by state and governmental agencies throughout North America.
In order to become certified, Dave was required to take inspection courses related to the interior and exterior of the home, including the common and major areas of concern for home buyers, such as the foundation, heating and cooling, roof, plumbing, and electrical systems.
Here is the list of InterNACHI courses required for initial certification:
Safe Practices for the Home Inspector
25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know
Residential Plumbing Overview for Inspectors
How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections
How to Perform Roof Inspections
How to Inspect HVAC Systems
Structural Issues for Home Inspectors
How to Inspect the Exterior
How to Inspect the Attic, Insulation, Ventilation and Interior
How to Perform Deck Inspections
How to Inspect for Moisture Intrusion
How to Inspect Fireplaces, Stoves, and Chimneys
Good To Know...
The State of Iowa does not require licensing of home inspectors; however, the certifications and Continuing Education required by InterNACHI are more than adequate training for the certified inspector so that he can provide sufficient and accurate information regarding a home’s condition.