Typically, a standard home inspection does not include a complete chimney inspection but that doesn’t mean you don’t need one. The chimney could have excessive creosote, a highly flammable material. There may be cracks in the crown, a rusted chase cover, or a damaged flue liner. There may also be other chimney problems that could increase the risk of fire or carbon monoxide poisoning.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a level 2 chimney inspection is required before the transfer or sale of real property with a solid fuel heating appliance like a fireplace or a wood stove.
Important! Only licensed and certified chimney professionals should perform chimney inspections.
Our Certified Chimney Professionals perform Level 2 Real Estate Chimney Inspections per NFPA 211, Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances.
A level 2 inspection includes a physical examination and video scan of all readily accessible areas of the internal and external portions of the chimney and attached heating appliances, including all surfaces, joints, and the flue liner. An inspection report will list any deficiencies, like excessive creosote, spalling, water leaks, and structural problems. The inspection will also detail any required repairs and its estimated cost for the safe operation of the chimney, fireplace, and heating stoves.
Scheduling a chimney inspection before selling your home will help you avoid any surprises later that could delay the sale of your home. Many buyers prefer homes with a fireplace or heating stove. Showing prospective buyers a clean chimney inspection report can give you an advantage in the competitive real estate market.
When buying a home without a real estate chimney inspection, you have no idea the condition of the chimney. Is there excessive creosote? Are there any water leaks? Is the flue liner damaged? These unknowns could result in thousands of dollars in costly repairs later. A real estate chimney inspection will uncover any hidden problems and any necessary repairs for the safe and reliable operation of the fireplace or heating stove. Don’t wait until its too late, get a real estate chimney inspection before you close the deal.
You can call on Advanced Chimney Sweep for the Best Real Estate Chimney Inspections across Georgia and South Carolina. We are serving Augusta GA, Martinez GA, Evans GA, Dearing GA, Hephzibah GA, Groveton GA, Blythe GA, Thomson GA, Lincolnton GA, Waynesboro GA, Wrens GA, the entire CSRA (Central Augusta River Area) and the South Carolina Midlands areas, including Lexington SC, Aiken SC, Orangeburg SC, Batesburg-Leesville SC, Jackson SC, Irmo SC, and vicinity.