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Certified home inspection includes…

Inspecting for tamper-resistant receptacles in the home you are considering buying.  If you have small children or grandchildren, this is a big safety consideration.  Children are curious and can be exposed to shock hazards if they try to poke items into the receptacles. Every year, over 2,000 in the United States are injured by electrical shocks and burns.

These injuries can be prevented by installing tamper resistant receptacles.  Parents and grandparents can also install plastic covers, but they are not as permanent or effective as the tamper resistant receptacles.

When I perform home inspections, I inspect the receptacles and if the letters TR are on the receptacle, it indicates that this is a tamper resistant receptacle.  That means that there is a spring loaded flap that blocks a single-pronged entry.  These items are typically bobby pins, knives, nails, screws or paperclips.  The tamper resistant receptacle only allows a double pronged entry, thus preventing an electrical shock.

The National Electrical Code has specific requirements stating where tamper resistant receptacles are required in the home.  However, I would recommend that all receptacles in the home have this feature.  They are relatively inexpensive and well worth the peace of mind they provide to keep children safe.

Buying a home built before 1991?

If you are buying a home that was built before 1991, if the kitchen is the original or if the stove/oven is the original, it is important to know that it may not have anti-tip brackets designed to prevent free-standing ranges from tipping.  A certified home inspector will, as a part of the home inspection, make recommendations in the inspection report to bring the range up to the required standard as per American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL).

Range tip-overs have resulted in severe injury and death, particularly among children.  Any ranges built after 1991 must have anti-tip brackets installed.  These brackets keep the ranges stable and capable of supporting up to 250 pounds of weight.  These are either wall mounted or floor mounted.  A certified home inspector will not only look for the presence of the brackets, but also look to see that the brackets were properly installed.

This is just one item that the home inspector will look for when performing a pre-purchase home inspection for the buyer.  The home inspector can also inspect a home you are thinking of selling, in order to identify potential problem areas that will need to be addressed.  If potential problems are spotted and corrected before the home goes on the market, it will help to ensure a much smoother selling process and relieve unnecessary stress for the seller.

If you are looking to buy or sell a home in Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley or any of the surrounding areas, call Berry Griffin, certified home inspector at 928-910-9461.

What does Certified Home Inspector mean?


When you are ready to hire a home inspector, take a look at the website for the Arizona Board of Technical Registrations.  It will give you information regarding the requirements to be a home inspector in the state of Arizona.  Your home inspector should be certified.

And what does that mean? It means that your home inspector has fulfilled the educational requirements, has passed the state and national exam, and has performed the required amount of “parallel” inspections; that is, has performed inspections along with a seasoned home inspector who is carefully supervising the inspector in training.  The inspector has also passed the criminal background check and has paid the required fees.

It is worth the time to check out your potential inspector to make sure you are getting what you are paying for.  To learn more about certified home inspector requirements in Arizona, go to:


Should I attend my pre-purchase inspection?

Absolutely!  We often hear that buyers are not sure if they are invited to the inspection.  Remember that the buyer is the customer who is hiring the home inspector and yes, the buyer should attend the inspection.  It is a great opportunity for the buyer to get a close-up view of  this very important investment.  Also, it is a perfect time to ask questions and to learn about your new home.

Sometimes the inspection reports can appear daunting and filled with a lot of technical information that is not easily understood.  It makes things so much clearer to the buyer to be there in person, speaking directly with the home inspector and asking questions.  It does make the inspection take longer, but it is well worth the time spent.



Why get a home inspection on your current home?

Even if you are not in the market for a different home in Prescott or the beautiful surrounding areas, having your current home inspected every three to five years is recommended.  It is an excellent way to ensure that your home stays in top condition for years to come.  Our home inspection will cover everything from the foundation to the roof and will point out any repairs that are necessary for safety, function and durability of your home.  Once you review your finished home inspection report, you can then write your “to-do” list and work on repairing or updating items that are mentioned in the report.  Call or email to schedule this inspection.


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