Don’t Transfer a Property Without Investing in a Level 2 Real Estate Inspection From Our Team

Most fireplace owners know what to expect from a basic level 1 chimney inspection. What’s less understood is the level 2 inspection. When are they required? What do they entail? Who should you hire to perform yours?

Well, we’ve got answers.

Level 2 inspections are required after major damage (like a chimney fire), after experiencing a natural disaster (like a flood, earthquake, tornado, etc.), or after a major change has occurred with the system (like a restoration job or a change in fuel type).

But one of the most important times to schedule a level 2 inspection is when buying or selling a home. This is a big event, and you want to ensure your bases are covered! An in-depth real estate inspection is a surefire way to do just that.

I’ve Completed My Home Inspection – Do I Still Need a Chimney Inspection?

If you’ve got your home inspection completed, you’re probably wondering if a level 2 chimney inspection done by a chimney sweep is still necessary. You likely noticed that the home inspector checked over your chimney, and they may have even mentioned that things looked okay on their end.

Unfortunately, this doesn’t always mean the system is good to go.

The job of your home inspector is a lot different from our job as sweeps, and they don’t receive the in-depth chimney training that we do as Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA)– and National Fireplace Institute (NFI)-certified technicians.

In the end, they’re not required to perform a video scan or an NFPA level inspection. If there are obvious issues, sure, they’ll likely spot them. But it’s those hidden threats that they’re sure to miss.

If you want peace of mind as you move forward with your real estate transaction, then call on our experienced sweeps today.

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What Happens During a Real Estate Chimney Inspection?

What can you expect after booking your real estate inspection appointment with us?

Well, first things first, we’ll be sure to give you a call when we’re on the way to ensure you’re ready for us. Upon arrival, you’ll see that we’re uniformed and in vans featuring our logo. And once we’re in your home, expect nothing less than the professional, respectful treatment you deserve.

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We pride ourselves on being mess-free, thorough, and efficient, and homeowners throughout St. Louis County (MO), St. Charles County (MO), Washington County (IL), and more have consistently been satisfied by our clear knowledge of their system and honest practices.

Once we start the inspection, you’ll notice us checking over all accessible parts of the chimney and fireplace. This may mean removing doors, panels, or coverings, but rest assured that no chimney components will be damaged or demolished.

We’ll also enter any accessible attic spaces, crawlspaces, or possibly even the basement, if needed, to ensure we get a full and in-depth assessment.

Finally, we’ll put camera equipment up your flue to look for any flaws throughout your chimney’s interior. We’ll note any areas of buildup, any cracking or crumbling, and any damage to flue joints, and we’ll check on the state of your liner as well.

Rely on Us When Buying or Selling a Home

Whether you’re buying a home, selling your current one, or doing both simultaneously, knowing everything you can about the properties you’re dealing with is a must.

We have more CSIA-certified sweeps on our team than any other company in the area, and our owner is the only CSIA Master Chimney Sweep throughout the state of Missouri and parts of Illinois. If you really want to know where your system stands before making this big investment, then we have the knowledge and expertise to ensure you are well-informed on it all.

Level 2 inspections are required when buying or selling property, so this is an investment you’ll need, regardless of the cost – and it’s not something you’ll want to skip!

In the end, you’ll feel much more confident moving forward with all of the facts and no hidden surprises to come.

If you are in – or are moving to – St. Louis or anywhere else in the surrounding area, please reach out at 636-225-3340 to schedule your level 2 real estate inspection with our team right away. We’re happy to help!

You can also request an appointment here on our website if that’s more convenient for you.


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