Chimney inspections are extremely important when buying or selling a home. A fireplace adds value to a home but if it isn’t in working condition, isn’t structurally sound or hasn’t been cleaned in a while, then it can become a fire hazard that can negatively impact the value of the home.
Importance of a Chimney Inspection when Buying or Selling
A home buyer should not use a fireplace if it has not been inspected and cleaned recently. Otherwise, you risk a home fire or even carbon monoxide poisoning. An unsound fireplace can cost a home buyer thousands of dollars in repair costs which is why a real estate inspection of the chimney is crucial. Buying a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll make during your lifetime. Insisting on a chimney inspections helps to protect that investment. If you are selling your home, you want the transaction to go as smoothly and possible. Being able to tell potential buyers that the chimney and fireplace are in perfect condition and having the paperwork to prove it will help assuage worries of potential buyers.
Home Inspectors Are Not Chimney Experts
A good thing to remember is that home inspectors are not chimney experts. That is why it is best to hire a licensed chimney sweep to perform the actual inspection and cleaning of your chimney. At Oregon Chimney Guys, we have years of quality work experience which will ensure homeowners’ safety and will extend the life of a chimney and fireplace. Knowing that the infrastructure of a chimney is sound will give a realtor security in knowing that they are selling a safe and functioning home.
A Working Fireplace Adds Value to Your Home
A fireplace can attract potential buyers and renters, so making sure that it is in working order is a good idea. Landlords sometimes leave chimney maintenance and repair up to their tenants. However, chimney maintenance and care should be managed by landlords in order to ensure that early inspections and cleanings happen, especially if the fireplace is often in use. Even if a fireplace isn’t used or in working condition, it is still important to get inspections because it is possible that animals such as birds or bats have moved into your chimney and that can create a variety of different problems.
Oregon Chimney Guys provides chimney sweeps, inspections and repairs year-round. If you are interested in buying or selling a home or are a home realtor planning a home inspection, then give us a call and schedule a chimney inspection with us today!