House hunting can be overwhelming, and if you’re stressed about potential problems in a house, you can protect yourself by doing a thorough inspection of the property before you sign on the dotted line. When checking out a potential dream home, don’t forget a chimney inspection.
So many home buyers have romantic notions of sitting in front of a roaring fire on a cold, rainy day, and sometimes that vision has a powerful sway on the decision to buy a home. But if the chimney needs work or, worse, causes a fire in the home all those dreams can go up in smoke, quite literally.
Many people make the wise choice of hiring a professional home inspector when making a purchase offer on a house, but not all home inspectors do a sufficient inspection of the chimney. They may do a great job of checking the foundation, roof, plumbing, and electrical service, but it takes special skills and equipment to do a thorough chimney inspection.
That’s where specific chimney inspectors, like those at Fiddler on the Roof, come into play. After an inspection, we can take care of anything that needs improvement so you can buy the house with peace of mind. In many cases, the chimney just needs a good sweeping before starting your first fire. Sometimes there are small repairs to the flue or damper needed to make your fireplace work efficiently. And other times the masonry itself needs some repair, or in extreme cases, a complete rebuild.
A fireplace is a great asset in a home, and is a wonderful feature when it is working correctly. When buying a new home, avoid the stress of unexpected expenses by having a complete chimney inspection done by experts in the field. Then, you can be sure your dream of sitting in front of the fire can become a reality.
For more information about chimney inspection and repair in the Los Angeles area, contact us.