When you are moving into a new home, there may be a lot on your mind. You’re curious about the neighbors, the room sizes, or whether there’s enough space to grow a vegetable garden in the backyard. You might be concerned about renovating the kitchen or adding in efficient appliances, so you overlook the seemingly smaller parts of the house that deserve attention too.
The chimney is one such component that many homeowners don’t really think about when they’re moving into a new space. The chimney could be dangerous, however, if it hasn’t been cleaned in a while. And chances are high that you know very little about the previous homeowners’ maintenance habits.
A chimney inspection keeps you safe
A chimney sweep should always show up to check out a chimney before a sale is complete. We highly advise that you do not use your chimney until you get this done. But we also recommend that you don’t go through the sale without knowing about the condition of your chimney either.
A damaged chimney could catch fire easily or allow fire to spread to the outside of your home. If the chimney is old and dilapidated, you may need to have portions reconstructed or a new lining inserted in order to ensure your home is safe.
As you might guess, a large job like this one isn’t exactly cheap. You want to know well before you buy the home if there are any renovations that need to be made. And problems with the chimney have an impact on the total cost of ownership.
Chimney inspections before a home transfer or sale are usually coupled with a complete cleaning of the inside of the chimney. If nothing is found to be wrong with the chimney’s structure, at least you’ll know you’re starting off with a clean chimney that’s free of debris and harmful creosote.
2nd Generation Chimneys, Inc. provides chimney cleaning and inspection in St. Paul, MN. Call us today!