Know The Chimney’s Condition Before You Buy Or Sell!
Purchasing a home is one of the most important financial decisions that a person will make in a lifetime. With most real estate purchases, there is a home inspection involved. Unfortunately, most people don’t realize that the type of home inspection that is typically performed with real estate purchases does not include an inspection of the chimney. This is a shame because the chimney and fireplace are important structures in the home and, if they have damage or defects, repairs can cost thousands of dollars.
If you are buying a home or if you are a real estate agent, we can perform a chimney inspection to make sure you understand its current condition and what, if any, repairs are needed before you could safely use the chimney or fireplace.
To perform this inspection, we will deploy a video camera inside the chimney, recording video and taking still photographs from deep inside the chimney. This will reveal any defects to the liner, including cracks, holes or defective installation. It’s important to keep in mind that repairs to a clay chimney liner typically cost $2500 and up. If you are going to purchase a home and you discover that the chimney has significant problems, you can use this report and photographic evidence to ask for concessions from the seller.
In addition to the chimney liner, we will also inspect the top of the chimney (crown), brickwork, mortar joints, ash pit and firebox and we’ll check to make sure the damper operates properly. When the inspection is complete, you will receive a report that includes the photographs to show with descriptions and recommended repairs.
Even if you don’t use your chimney, this structure is vitally important to your home. Not only is it part of the home’s beauty, but it can be a source of water penetration and other problems, so you want to make sure that it is clean and free of cracks, gaps and other damage that can allow water to get into your home.
To schedule your real estate inspection today, please give us a call at 513-248-9600, or click here. We can help you feel confident about your investment!
A professional chimney inspection can uncover any problems with your chimney system so you know exactly what needs attention. We’re happy to offer this critical chimney service as part of our commitment to keeping you safe.