Transferring property? Whether you’re the buyer or the seller, you want to be sure that everything in the home is in good condition and functioning properly. And you want to be thorough, too. It’s easy to overlook a seemingly small issue, but even unassuming problems can become massive concerns in due time.
This is why scheduling a real estate chimney inspection is so important. A fireplace can play a big role in how much a home is worth. Not only does it add to the aesthetic of the property, but it can also play a crucial part in heating the home and helping homeowners save on energy costs. But if repairs or maintenance are needed, a chimney can actually take away from the home’s value.
A real estate chimney inspection will ensure that the chimney is in good condition and working as it should – or reveal issues, should they be present. This can protect you from any potential safety hazards or expensive repairs down the line.
Regular Home Inspection Vs. Level 2 Chimney Inspection
Now, you might be thinking… I’ve already done my home inspection. I should be covered, right? Well, while a professional home inspection will help identify numerous potential problems with the property, it won’t always reveal issues present with the chimney.
So, what’s the difference between a home inspection and a professional chimney inspection, in regards to the fireplace? Home inspectors aren’t required to actually inspect the interior of chimneys or flues. They only visually check the exterior of the chimney to make sure there aren’t any obvious signs of damage. As such, they might overlook less apparent warning signs that could be deal-breakers for buyers.
A Level 2 chimney inspection, on the other hand, is more in-depth. It will include a visual examination of the entire chimney, both inside and out, and the inspector will also use special video equipment to examine the interior chimney for damage, deterioration, and any safety issues. If problems are found, the inspector will then make recommendations for repairs or replacement parts.
That’s why it’s important for those buying or selling a home to get a separate, thorough chimney inspection from a certified chimney professional. A chimney inspection is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of your family. And it’ll be well worth it to have peace of mind during an already stressful time of life.
The Level 2 Chimney Inspection Process
The Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) recommends that all chimneys be inspected at least once a year. However, when buying or selling a home, a more in-depth level 2 inspection should be completed. The inspection process will involve taking a close look at both the inside and outside of your chimney, and it requires the use of special video equipment to get a clear and up-close view.
During a level 2 chimney inspection, our inspectors will look for any signs of damage or deterioration, and we will also check for other potential problems, such as water entry issues, missing components, or a faulty liner. We will also take measurements of your chimney to make sure it meets the correct requirements for use.
Warning Signs to Watch Out For
What can you keep an eye out for if you’re exploring the housing market? Obvious structural issues, such as cracks in the mortar or a leaning chimney, are indicators of a problem. These show the system hasn’t been taken care of and that expensive repairs are likely required. Another sign that the chimney in a home may need attention is if you notice pieces of mortar or brick surrounding the system – whether outside or inside the home.
If you notice any of these signs, it’s likely that the chimney needs repair, and a professional inspection is the best way to assess the damage and figure out what needs to be done. This way you can ensure you’re not paying more for a home that actually needs quite a bit of work.
Schedule Your Level 2 Chimney Inspection With Us
If you are planning a move in the near future, the team of professionals here at Northeastern Masonry & Chimney have the training and experience needed to thoroughly inspect all aspects of your chimney – from the bricks and mortar to the flue liner. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. Call 518-500-4048 or book online!