Chimney repairs and home inspections

One home inspection repair that is almost guaranteed to be asked for by a buyer is anything to do with the chimney or fireplace. There are few things that stike such a chord of fear in a buyer than the potential hazard a fire in the fireplace poses to their home if the fireplace and chimney are not in perfect working order. Even cracks in the decorative ceramic tile inside a fireplace (which usually have no effect on containing the fire, the metal firebox behind it does that) will be asked to be fixed.

Preventative maintnance is best and you should have your fireplace inspected and swept at least once every two years (once a year if you have more than 15 – 20 fires per year).

Only trouble is, a home owner can be taken advantage of from unscrupulous, fly-by-night chimney companies. After all, most of us don’t know and wouldn’t know the difference between a major chimney problem requiring thousands of dollars worth of work and a small problem requiring only a few dollars.

Your realtor, as your trusted real estate advisor, is a great source for a chimney inspection referral.

Brad Anderson, REALTOR
Keller Williams Realty
(757) 816-2968
brad@bradsmyagent.com

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