If you are in the market to buy a house, you want to be sure you know all that you need to know about various systems in the house, which includes the fireplace and chimney system as well. Here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair our team of professionals understand full well that a home will probably be the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. With that said we want to ensure that all our valued clients are aware of the importance of real estate home chimney inspections.
Most people are under the impression that the fireplace system is part of the inspection performed by the home inspector at the time of a buy or sale of a home. Though a home inspection will give prime focus to the electrical, HVAC, and plumbing systems, they are not required to perform a thorough inspection of the fireplace or chimney. With that said, it is important you know that you are responsible for contacting a professional chimney company to perform your inspection for any real estate transactions you may be undergoing.
A real estate chimney inspector has all the experienced needed to identify potential problems in a chimney or fireplace that a home buyer should be aware of well in advance of making any purchase. A real estate inspection is a bit different than your typical annual chimney sweep services that you have performed. A typical inspection performed by our highly skilled and trained chimney sweep specialists is considered to be a basic inspection of your chimney.
However, a real estate home chimney inspection will include an examination and inspection of varied parts of the exterior and interior of the chimney, which includes basements, attics and crawl spaces since they have to ensure proper clearances from any combustibles. Upon completion of a basic and real estate chimney inspection, if any problems are identified an additional inspection of the chimney must be performed. This final inspection will give focus to the proper overall construction of the chimney to ensure that the chimney is safe and properly constructed and is not in need of a full rebuild.
If you are in the market to buy a new home, then be sure to schedule not only your basic chimney sweep, but your real estate home chimney inspection as well, so as to ensure that the chimney on the home you are thinking of potentially buying not only passes inspection but is entirely safe for your home and family. You want to be sure that the chimney is free of any type of damage or any other problems that could possibly be present in the chimney or fireplace.
We hope you have found this blog useful and that we have been able to clarify for you the difference between a basic chimney sweep and those needed when it comes time to purchase a home with an existing fireplace. Keep in mind the team here at All Year Chimney Sweeps & Repair provides the highest quality chimney cleanings this side of Tennessee and look forward to providing you with all your chimney sweep and repair needs.
When it comes to your chimney, your fireplace and even your vents, whether you are in need of a sweep or repairs, we are the team for you. If you were unable to perform a chimney sweep this past spring, then be sure to contact our team come fall and schedule your annual chimney sweep in advance of the cold winter months ahead. And don’t forget, if you are looking to purchase a home with a fireplace and chimney, then be sure to schedule your real estate home chimney inspection before making any important decisions about buying a home. For more information about different types of chimney inspections, reach out to one of our knowledgeable team members today.