Whether you’re buying or selling your home, the fireplace and chimney are a selling point. It can either make or break the deal. A well-maintained and beautiful hearth and chimney system can bring up the value of a property, but a poorly-maintained and abandoned fireplace can bring it down–even prevent an otherwise great sale. In order to protect all parties, the chimney and fireplace should be inspected by a chimney professional–not just a home inspector.
A thorough chimney inspection can only be done by a professional who has the experience and training to identify hazards, big and small. A homeowner or home inspector may recognize a problem after the damage has been done, but a CSIA inspection will identify hazards before damage has occurred–hazards that are hidden and would go unnoticed until costly repairs are necessary.
There are three levels of a CSIA inspection. A level one inspection is necessary annually when the chimney hasn’t changed, the fuel hasn’t changed, and there haven’t been any problems. A level two inspection is the one required before the sale or transfer of property. It is a thorough inspection of the chimney system from top to bottom, inside and out. When you schedule your level two inspection with West Texas Chimney , you also get a video scan that identifies even the smallest hidden hazards and problems. Our technicians are not only CSIA certified, but also follow all the standards of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and are well-versed in local codes here in the Amarillo area.
When to Schedule
According to Zillow, Spring is the best time to put your house on the market. That means winter is the best time to get it ready for sale. If you’re selling a house or property, it’s important to schedule an inspection now so that you can make necessary repairs before you list it–whether you’re using a realtor or selling the home yourself. A home inspection is required as well, but a home inspector will only look at the home. The home inspector will look at the home, the structure of the chimney, but not the thorough evaluation the chimney needs.
If you’re not selling, but you’re the buyer, you must schedule a chimney inspection sooner rather than later. Depending on where you are in the process, you may feel stressed or rushed to reach the finish line, but it’s important to schedule the correct type of inspection before you make a purchase that may cost you in the long run. Fall and winter usually means prices are slashed, so don’t get swept into the process.
Protect your wallet and your family by scheduling a home inspection AND a chimney inspection. Call West Texas Chimney and Venting Solutions at 806-358-0817 today!