Whether it is your first home, or you are up or downgrading your living space, buying a home can be an expensive process. All homes on the market are subject to an inspection to check for major concerns, but they are not thorough in all areas. If the home you are considering to buy has a chimney, it will likely not be completely inspected unless you pay for it yourself. Before you pass on a chimney inspection, here are some reasons not to skip this important pre-buy step.
Unless the chimney is leaning away from the house or shows external signs of damage, it will likely pass a standard chimney inspection. But that does not mean that it is structurally sound inside. Unless a professional chimney inspection is completed inside the structure, you do not know if the masonry and interior are in good condition. This could put the home at risk and cost you thousands of dollars down the road, as well as pose a falling hazard.
If there is creosote buildup or structural damage, the chimney could be a fire hazard. This can put your new home at risk when you build that first fire, as well as your family. Be aware that some homeowner insurance policies require regular chimney inspections for coverage of damage to the property due to chimney fires.
Air Quality Hazard
Chimneys are smoke vents, and they need to work correctly to remove carbon monoxide-filled smoke. If there are cracks in the flu liner or masonry, dangerous smoke and gases could fill your home the first time you start a fire. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly, and it only takes a few minutes to cause serious health problems.
It is worth the investment to have the chimney fully inspected before you buy a new home. If it needs repair, it is a bargaining point to discuss with the seller. It does not need to be a deal-breaker, but it will let you know what maintenance may be needed on this important element of your new home.
For professional chimney inspections in the greater Atlanta metro area, contact us at Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs. We have over 90 years of masonry and chimney experience that can benefit you before you buy a home with a chimney.
Posted on behalf of John Anglin, Anglin’s Foundation & Masonry Repairs