Why Should You Schedule A Chimney Real Estate Inspection Before Buying A Home?

Buying a home can be a stressful experience. In addition to packing, securing the home loan, making an offer, and waiting for a counter offer, you also deal with anxiety over the sale falling through —or worse — finding out after the purchase that the home has issues that were masked during the sale.

While we can’t do anything about the stress of packing, finances, and the waiting game of buying a home, we can help with the anxiety you feel concerning what you’re getting when you’re handed the keys. How? By performing a level II real estate inspection of the chimney prior to the purchase of the home.

During a real estate inspection, we’ll look into the details, using video scan equipment to capture close up video and photo documentation of the chimney and fireplace interior. As Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) certified sweeps, we know what important things to look for and we’ll identify what needs to be done (if anything) to restore the chimney system and bring it up to code.

Some of things we consider include:

  • the condition of the chimney flue
  • the condition of the chimney stack or chase
  • the condition and function of the fireplace damper
  • the condition and design of the smoke chamber
  • the condition and installation of the chimney cap
  • the condition of the chimney crown or chase cover
  • the condition of the flashing at the base of the chimney 
  • the condition of the firebox paneling or firebrick
  • clearance from combustibles

We’ll look for blockages in the flue that could lead to a chimney fire or carbon monoxide issue; the buildup of flammable and corrosive creosote; cracks or gaps in the system that could allow heat to transfer to nearby combustibles and spark a fire; and rusted components, efflorescence, spalling, flaking, and other deterioration that could signal a chimney leak. We’ll also check for proper fireplace and chimney installation and connection.

When we’re done, you’ll be provided with a full report for your reference and records.

Why Should You Hire A Chimney Sweep Instead Of A Home Inspector For The Job?

While most home inspectors will shine a flashlight up into the chimney and possibly check the crown and chimney stack, is that really enough to give you peace of mind during the purchase of a new home?

As chimney professionals, we know that a lot can go wrong inside of the chimney and issues that can cause a dangerous fire or cost thousands of dollars to repair aren’t always visible to the naked eye.

By hiring a CSIA certified chimney sweep to inspect the chimney prior to the purchase of the home, you’ll get the peace of mind needed to buy with confidence. If we do find issues, concerns, and costly damage, the detailed report (which will include photos documenting our findings) can help you negotiate with the seller. You can either use this information to get repairs made prior to closing, or work the repair costs into the price so you’re not paying more out of pocket on moving day.

Trust Your Real Estate Inspection To The Experienced & Thorough Team At Environmental Chimney Service

We want the surprises in your new home to be happy surprises and the fires you enjoy in your new home to be as safe and peaceful as possible. Make sure of it by calling Environmental Chimney Service and scheduling your real estate inspection today. We’ll work with your schedule to have the chimney inspected quickly and thoroughly, so you can confidently move forward with the buying process. Call 828-243-0098 or click here to request an appointment.