Customer Response



Thank you for opening my e-mail


I am so grateful for your services and support you've shared with me.  I'd like you to know that I went to the Tax Collector's office and requested an appraisal to the house and I had in hand the print out you offered.  The Senior Appraiser was impressed with your work.  I gave her your info.


By the way, I need someone to install a cap on the fireplace do you know of someone?

Also, whom do I talk to about checking the gas pipes outside the house, they look rusted.  Ah, and last thing, do you have a name for a roofer? I need a quote.


Have a nice evening. 







Thanks, so much, for reviewing the fireplace specs and getting back to me. 


Excellent report.  The color coded text, photos and advice make the report a valuable tool - not just for evaluating the house prior to purchase, but for as long as we own the home.


I will gladly share your report with anyone in need of a home inspection and let them know an inspection by Brad Deal is money well spent.  I can see where your thoroughness may intimidate the realtors, but is exactly what a buyer needs.



Thank you,




PS - I will share your safety advice about stove tipping and the garage door with all my friends. wrote:



I read through the information you sent.  The combustion air is optional, but you must be sure to keep the combustion air valve closed are recommended in the manual.  The roll out smoke condition may be due to the home being "tight" and not allowing enough air to easily feed the fire.  You may find some success by opening a close by window to provide the necessary air for the fire. 


Be aware this is the lowest priced fireplace available.  It is only good for aesthetics and not for any practical heating.


How did you like the report?  I am always looking for any feedback.


Good Luck!


Brad Deal
20/20 Home Inspections
(209) 613-1430


Thank you for such a great job. I appreciate your honesty and I will highly recommend you to others!  I know I will have questions once I read everything.  Also, I have an appointment already set for Oct. 16th with the Dustin Pest.  Again thank you.

Carmen wrote:



Here is your report. Please call me if you have any questions.  Also, please send me a note confirming you received this email.  Thank you and good luck.


Brad Deal
20/20 Home Inspections
(209) 613-1430

Thank you sir.  You did an extraordinary job.  I appreciate the extra time you spent explaining everything and your attention to detail.  You really went above and beyond.  I checked the website for your territory, but didn't find it.  Let me know the areas/counties you typically cover.  I will be passing your info along to anyone needing an inspection.


Thanks again!




On Thu, Mar 6, 2008 at 5:32 PM, <> wrote:



Here is your inspection.  Please feel free to call me with any questions.


Brad Deal

20/20 Home Inspections



Yes, this report, as well as the mold inspection report, was very easy to read and it was educational.  I believe this will really hit home with the builder what repairs are needed in our home relating to mold.  I especially liked your nail in the tire analogy. 

I have forwarded your report on to our attorney and Kevin Messer of Royalty Cleaning Services to prepare a quote on remediation services.  I informed each, should they have any questions about the report, to direct them to you. 

Thank you again,


 From: []
Sent: Wednesday, March 26, 2008 3:16 PM
To: carolyn
Subject: Re: FW: Remediation Plan/Payment Issued


I try to write these reports so that the homeowner can understand what is happening and also to provide enough information for the contractors.  I would appreciate any comments you have in this regard.  I hope this works out for you. 

Brad Deal
20/20 Home Inspections


Thank you for the most comprehensive Home Inspection I've ever seen in my 14 years of selling Real Estate you will come highly recommended by me!


C 21 M&M

--- On Sat, 6/21/08, <> wrote:

From: <>
Subject: Inspection at 2962 Sequoia, Merced
To: kr
Cc: tr
Date: Saturday, June 21, 2008, 11:30 AM



Here is your inspection, Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments.


Brad Deal
20/20 Home Inspections

Hello Brad,
Thank you again for coming out and doing such a great job.  Take a look at the attachment again because I don't think it is the report. 
Thank you,

Date: Thu, 14 May 2009 19:59:55 -0400
Subject: Re: 3120 Clogston Way, Modesto, CA 95354
To: dn
CC: m



Here is your inspection report. Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments.


Good Luck!


Brad Deal
20/20 Home Inspections


Thanks for a very impressive inspection report.


----- Original Message -----


To: dn ; Tan

Cc: mm

Sent: Friday, May 15, 2009 9:07 AM

Subject: Re: 3120 Clogston Way, Modesto, CA 95354




Wrong file. 


Brad Deal
20/20 Home Inspections

Hi Brad,

Good Morning!

Thanks for your report and explaining every detail of that home.

I am thinking of asking back all the repairs and replacements that have to be made at my home.

Did you include the damaged outdoor light fixtures in the report?

Could you please outline the repairs to be made and their estimated cost?

I think I mentioned Burma as well as Myanmar. Our country has two names. That notorious government changed the name to Myanmar.

Thanks and have a wonderful day!


Dear badbrad,


You are subscribed to the thread "Home Inspectors and GFCI's" by badbrad, there have been 5 post(s) to this thread, the last poster was charlie.


These following posts were made to the thread:


Posted by: mlnk

On: 09-20-2009 02:40 PM


The subject pamphlet talked about a GFCI that was somehow damaged by pushing the

test button and then the re-set button then did not work. I think this is a

very, very rare occurrence and do not see how it could ever happen, but I am

ready to hear an explanation.

I still say to introduce an article on GFCIs with this bizarre example is

misleading for the reader.

Of course GFCIs get tripped and will not work. I had three of them that were

struck by lightning ! and would not re-set. We are talking about pushing the

test button-testing...not tripping.

Also, when I have GFCI units that do not function, I return them and receive

FREE replacements.


Posted by: mlnk

On: 09-20-2009 03:04 PM


The 2008 Code does not require GFCI for refers in kitchen so I will continue to use and recommend standard outlets. It does require GFCI for garage refers so I will install an individual GFCI for a dedicated refer/freezer garage outlet.


Posted by: hurk27

On: 09-20-2009 03:26 PM



---Quote (Originally by gndrod)---

I believe the intent of the shunted MOV is to maintain the strip at a maximum

let-through voltage. rbj

---End Quote---

I could buy that, with two MOV's basically in parallel, just with two different return paths, one through the EGC and one through the grounded conductor.


But Why? from what I see most all damage is done in normal mode transient

voltage, common mode has no load to damage, let them put two parallel MOV's

between the Hot and Neutral, leave the EGC alone. there are a few manufactures getting away from common mode protection when the SPD's are at point of use, I think its great.


Again there is no load to protect in common mode, at least there should not be. so why protect it?


Posted by: jxofaltrds

On: 09-20-2009 04:19 PM


Using 210.8(A)(5) I would have to GFCI protect a frig. in an unfinished



In Ohio habitable includes eating or cooking areas.


So using 210.(A)(6), and reading the handbook commentary, I would not have to

GFCI protect a frig. in a kitchen in a basement.


Assume a concrete floor in the basement kitchen and unfinished area.


I do not know how to explain to a contractor or homeowner why one is required

and one is not. Just saying it is code is not good enough.


Any ideas? Was this really the intent?


Great article

Posted by: charlie

On: 09-20-2009 06:46 PM



---Quote (Originally by badbrad)---

I would really like some opinions regarding my article before I submit it for

publishing. . .

---End Quote---

Brad, I have read some very good comments and your article is outstanding,

especially the lead in story. :)


Assuming you are going to revise the article a little, would you post the

revised edition?  It is so well written that I would like to keep it for future reference.


Thanks for posting.



All the best,

Mike Holt's Forum




Dear Brad, 
You may know that we purchased the home on Lorenzo st. in H., that you inspected for us. 
When it came time for the contractor to repair/replace things, I sent him a copy of your inspection. 
I can't say enough good about how much he liked your report. He said that it was clear and let him know exactly what needed to be done. 
I want to thank you again for your good work on our behalf. 

Thank you so much Brad!
On Friday, January 29, 2010,  <> wrote:

The report looks great Brad. Thank You for all your help



From: "" <>
To: luc; Tr
Sent: Sun, February 7, 2010 3:09:54 PM
Subject: Inspection at 907 Helen Ave



Here is your inspection. Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments


Brad Deal



Thanks again for the very thorough inspection.  I will definitely let you know if I have any questions. 
Chris Alvarado


To: Ca; ros
Subject: Inspection at 4533 Sundown Place
Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 20:22:31 -0500



Here is your report. Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments. 


Good luck with your new home

 Brad Deal



Dear Mr. Deal, 
I have come across your website and the main article you have written and I must say you strike me as one of the most intelligent, fair and well educated people in the inspection industry. Frankly, after reading literally hundreds of documents from inspectors and researching extensively into all the so called organizations, your common sense wisdom and complex understanding of the vulnerabilities associated with home purchasing was a relief. I am eager to talk with you when your time allows as I am a home owner in Los Angeles who unfortunately had a terrible experience with a large well known inspection company, not only because of a negligent inspection but because they falsely advertised credentials and insurance information, and continue to do so although they have been informed it is illegal. Sadly, the trouble continues but I have learned that as a result of our experience I must help others to assure that they are not ever in the position my family has found ourselves in by seeking out and working with people that can create change. 
I, along with a small group of other homeowners, attorneys and likely government associated officials are looking to make California regulate the Home Inspection inspectors & their associated companies by demanding standards, qualifications and requirements. I have been shocked to learn that this is probably the biggest secret in the home purchasing processes. That in truth, anyone can become an inspector and that many inspection contracts are written in manners that annihilate traditional liability reserved for all others associated with the home purchasing process. I don't know exactly how you run your business or how you create your contracts but I am curious if you believe that strong regulations are necessary and if California would benefit from a system much like the CSLB or the State Bar that would allow consumers and real estate agents to go online to check into the qualification and licensing status of home inspectors as well as learn about the litigation history of these companies? 
I look forward to hopefully hearing from you. 
Los Angeles, California 

You did a great job on your inspection. I just got your message tonight at 
10:10pm so I didn't call on the phone. I will try to phone you tomorrow. 
Maryanne and I decided not to pursue buying the home on Independence drive. It is a beautiful home but needs some significant repairs and changes. The couple that owns it feels there is nothing wrong with the property because it works fine with them. We feel you gave us a great understanding of the property and provided us with pertinent information. 

Not only would we be willing to recommend you to our friends but we would like to use your expertise again.
I think the couple may have a representative that isn't completely honest with them on some of the issues the property has. I can understand their frustration because a significant amount of money is needed to repair or replace items with little to no return. 

I’m so sorry it took me so long to get back to you.  This has been a busy week.  I wanted to let you know that both Curtice and I really appreciated the time you took to go through everything on the house.  The thoroughness you gave to this inspection was amazing!  I’m sure we will call you with questions once we get in and get situated. 

If we know anyone who is looking for an inspector, we will most definitely suggest you. J  Thanks Brad!  I hope you, Della, Chantel, and the rest of your family have a wonderful and relaxing summer!


 From: []
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 9:57 PM
To: Angela
Subject: El Capitan

Angie and Curtice,

Here is your report.  Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments. I also include a paper on life expectancies, and another on the new lead laws.

Good luck in your new home.

Brad Deal

Hi Brad!


Thank you so much for this amazing detailed description of the house inspection. 

So far it is very clear and instructive.

I am so glad that I chose you to do this job!

Have a great night and weekend!


On Jul 8, 2010, at 8:57 PM, wrote:



Here is your report.  Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments.  You can forward a copy to your realtor if you so desire. I do not have her address.


Thanks for the job and pleasant company.


Brad Deal





Thank you for your time and expertise, my sister and I are very appreciative of your thoroughness and attention to detail.  Will have to open the report when I get home, on Dial Up at my Dad's house.



-----Original Message-----

Dave and Karen,


Here is your inspection. Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments.


Brad Deal



Hi Brad,

thank you so much, my dad thought you were terrific.  The real estate woman for the seller said the water is on and they pay the monthly bill for it, but the valve in the front has to be turned on in order to get it going.  I am going to try to go by tomorrow and check and will let you know, but it should be working.  thank you for your help, we will be sending out your check by asap!

take care

On Fri, Aug 20, 2010 at 4:04 PM, <> wrote:



Here is your father's inspection and invoice.  Please be sure to tell him to call me with any questions or comments.


Good Luck


Brad Deal

Hi Brad,


I just wanted to take a minute to write a thank you for the inspection on Arboreal Way.  I really appreciate the extra effort you put into that job and especially for taking the time to walk through the entire property w/ my cousins/clients.  Of course, they already had MY opinion regarding getting into a house of that age and unknown pedigree, but the specific knowledge YOU presented to them really hit home and made it easier for them to make the decision to find another home.  I would much rather help them find a home that is safe from day 1, and not so full of projects that will allow them to spend more time together as a young family.


The Seller on this property, as well as their real estate agent, is in a bit of denial regarding the condition of the home.  As flippers, they don't seem to be concerned at all about the product they're churning out, just their own bottom line.  They offered up an earlier home inspection that (QUOTE) "Didn't find as many issues" w/ the house.  An ignorant response like that just solidifies my belief that a great home inspection is the cornerstone of a successful real estate transaction.


For the record, I have been championing the whole time for a much newer house, such as Pecan or Reed Ct., in R.  Those were built in the 2000's and appear to be in good shape.  For around 265k each, I think those represent a much more solid value for a first-time buyer.  The main objection there is too much square footage (3200-3600'), so we may be able to find a happy medium.


I'm sure that we will be calling you again in 2011, possibly soon, to help w/ our next home inspection. 


Thanks again!!-- Matt



Thank you Brad for your prompt and professional service.



On Feb 3, 2011, at 11:12 PM, wrote:


Here is your invoice and report.  Please feel free to call me with any questions or comments.  I also included a paper on building life expectancies that may help you budget for future costs.


Good luck in your new home


Brad Deal
20/20 Home Inspections




It took awhile but I finally found the fireplace specs.  Superior fireplaces are a brand of Lennox. It looks like the Air Combustion System is optional.  Can you take a look at the attached files and let me know what you think?


Attached are 2 pdf files:


1. Install Instructions, p.15

2. Care and Operation, p.5




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