Before Selling your Home, Hire a Chimney Sweep
Are you preparing to sell your home? Don’t forget about hiring a professional chimney sweep to inspect and clean your chimney beforehand. There are various things involved with selling a home. According to the National Fire Protection Association-211 Code Book a chimney inspection is one that is
required before the transfer or sale of property. There’s another great reason to inspect your chimney before selling your home, and it’s because you can take care of any needed repairs and possibly sell the home more quickly.
An inspection is required before a homeowner gets ready to sell their home so it is best to take care of it beforehand. It is not uncommon for a chimney professional to find issues which need to be addressed. If potential buyers learn about the chimney problems because they are involved in the process, it could suggest to them that the house has other issues to be concerned about.
Two common problems discovered by chimney professionals during an inspection are:
- There is not sufficient distance between the hot surfaces of a heating system and combustible materials; and
- The chimney liner is either not properly connected or is the wrong size.
Chimney inspections often reveal that chimneys, fireplaces, and installed heating appliances in some way do not comply with safety standards. Fireplaces and chimneys that are neglected frequently deteriorate because of use, time, and harsh weather conditions. An inspection could reveal that a fireplace was incorrectly built or that a wood-burning stove was installed incorrectly.
There are three levels of chimney inspections, and a Level 2 inspection is specifically required before selling a home. This level encompasses requirements in Level 1. The following is included in a Level 2 inspection:
- All parts of the chimney that are readily accessible are examined.
- The interior and exterior parts of the chimney are checked for any indications of damage.
- The crawlspace and attic are accessed, so that usually unseen areas are checked for evidence of chimney damage, such as moisture damage.
- The chimney is carefully checked to ensure that it is free of obstructions and of a buildup of combustible materials.
- A video camera is sometimes used to check the chimney flue for cracks or other types of deterioration.
A chimney that is in disrepair or is not working properly can cause hazardous chimney fires and deadly carbon monoxide poisoning. It’s important to hire a certified chimney professional who has the training to recognize whether your chimney meets building code requirements. It’s best to hire a chimney sweep company that is certified through the Chimney Safety Institute of America or the National Fireplace Institute. In fact, home inspectors typically put it in writing that a chimney should be inspected by a professional chimney sweep before the home is put up for sale. Call our certified chimney sweeps today for a Level 2 inspection.
Northeastern Chimney, Inc
37 Cody Street, West Hartford, CT 06110