Buy With Confidence — Schedule A Chimney Inspections For Realtors
Buying a home can be a stressful experience. You’re looking everything over and wondering if there are any hidden problems not being disclosed that will end up costing you even more money after the purchase. Of course, the home inspector plays a role in making sure you know what you’re getting, but is he/she really getting a complete view of the chimney system by shining a flashlight up there or looking at the crown and cap?
The reality is, the home inspector isn’t going to go in depth in his or her inspection and evaluation of the chimney system, so if something isn’t incredibly obvious from the outside, there’s a good chance it’ll be missed on the home inspection report you’re given. That’s why the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) urge homebuyers to have the chimney inspected by a certified chimney professional before closing on the home.
What Makes A Certified Chimney Professional Chimney Inspection Different From A Home Inspector’s Inspection Of The System?
We use video scanning equipment (which we snake up or down the chimney) to look at the inside of the chimney flue and evaluate the condition of the flue liner from top to bottom. By relying on video scan technology, we can see cracks halfway up the liner, blockages and nests, and other problems that wouldn’t be seen with just the light of a flashlight.
We have another advantage and that’s that chimneys are our wheelhouse. Our technicians are certified and educated and know the ins and outs of chimney systems and chimney physics. We’ll be able to let you know what type of performance issues you can expect (if any) and whether any major and costly repairs are needed.
Knowing these things up front can save you money and give you the upper hand, because you can negotiate the final home price to include the cost of repairs. And with our detailed report (including photographs), it won’t just be your word against the seller’s word.
So if you’re considering buying a new home, buy with confidence by scheduling a chimney inspection for realtors. Give us a call at (865) 922-2262 or use our online appointment request form to schedule your chimney inspection for realtors today!