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John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Fireplaces are part of our normal home inspection.  

Jul 21, 2015 11:06 PM
Thomas J. Nelson, REALTOR ® e-Pro CRS RCS-D Vets
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
CEO of Vision Drive Realty - Coastal San Diego

Yes, at my recommendation we sweep & inspect every chimney. I try to negotiate the sweep & the repairs on the seller, my buyer pays for the inspection. We have 100 year old homes around Balboa Park (San Diego Zoo) for example where the chimneys are regularly in a bad way and average $15,000 for a complete rebuild. Yes, we inspect! (Even condos).

Jul 21, 2015 11:30 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

yes, and I think it's a good idea.... everything you cannot see inside of you should have inspected...there may be no flue or it may need to be cleaned...or maybe it's a cracked many things could exist and all have danger associated with them....

Jul 21, 2015 11:18 PM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It has happened in the past ~ Yes!

Jul 21, 2015 11:53 PM
Toronto, ON

It's always a good idea to know what you are buying.

Jul 22, 2015 12:30 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Captain Wayne -- I'm attending a chimney inspection today -- it's quite common in our area.  

Jul 22, 2015 12:07 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

Typically the result of an inspector saying things like "The base may be retaining water and could provide an environment for mold."

Note there is nothing real or substantiated in the commentary but does result in additional homeowner expense to verify unicorns do not inhabit the property.

Jul 21, 2015 11:09 PM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY

Yes; and like everything it is negotiable but generally falls into the buyer's lap.

Jul 21, 2015 11:08 PM
Nancy Robinson Ranked #6 in MI
Century 21 Town and Country - Royal Oak, MI
#11 Century21 Realtor in the US, #16 in the World

Inspected Every time.  But we don't certify fireplaces for use  in Michigan.

Jul 26, 2015 12:44 PM
Tamra Lee Ulmer
Arizona Resource Realty - Payson, AZ
NRBA ~FORCE~ Over 1000 REO Assets SOLD!

Captain Wayne, yes this falls into the Home Inspection phase.

Jul 22, 2015 07:04 AM
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Yes, it is inspected in Oklahoma and the inspector may ask for further investigation by a professional.

Jul 22, 2015 05:55 AM
Shannon Jones
The Shannon Jones Team - Long Beach, CA
Long Beach CA Real Estate

Our home inspectors do a basic inspection of the chimney but if they note any items of concern, we always recommend that the buyer have an additional inspection by a chimney specialist, just as we would recommend specialists if there were any items of note with regards to the roof, plumbing, electrical, or foundation. 

Jul 22, 2015 05:04 AM
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Typically the fireplace and chimney is inspected during the regular home inspection.  If there are issues, then the additional inspection may be warranted.

Jul 22, 2015 04:55 AM
Evelyn M Epperson
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Johns Creek, GA
A Tradition Of [Excellence, Trust & Service]

Never!  That is a weird one for me.

Jul 22, 2015 04:19 AM
Stefan Winter
Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger - Las Vegas, NV
Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech

Yes, it has come up in the midwest sometimes. They are usually always covered by home inspections, but have had buyers want a more detailed inspections of it.

Jul 22, 2015 03:41 AM
Ed Macias
Real Estate Teammates - Miami, FL
Miami FL-REO Property Management Multifamily

No we don't do fireplacs down here.

Jul 22, 2015 03:28 AM
Jack Lewitz
Exit Strategy Realty - Evanston, IL

Yes. I used to use a Chimney Sweep but she died of cancer. I guess the job is dangerous for your health. I loved recommending her and she was well respected.

Jul 22, 2015 02:56 AM
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Yes Captain Wayne, we have new codes here for fireplaces that require them to be lined. I personally spend $1,500 bucks to get it done on our fireplace.

Jul 22, 2015 02:21 AM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

Had this happen in California, especially in manufactured homes. Insurance problems if the fireplace has been added after market.

Jul 22, 2015 02:21 AM
Sharon Altier
Coldwell Banker Realty - Elmhurst, IL
Luxury Property Specialist, CSC, SFR


Funny you mention this: I had my fireplaces inspected and cleaned today!  An item on the "to do" list for a while referring the company to other clients who have been in their homes a while. You have to maintain it!

Jul 22, 2015 01:42 AM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

yes - most every time on a wood burning fireplace. Rarely on a gas fireplace.

Jul 22, 2015 01:34 AM
Spirit Messingham
Tierra Antigua Realty - Tucson, AZ
Third Generation Full-Time Realtor® 520 471-6900

Yes.  Comes up in the home inspection, I have asked for it to be serviced by a professional before, grout tucked and filled, converted from gas to wood burning, and spark screen "arestor"/raincap on the top are common, also adding a spacer so the gas can escape, which is a fire safety item on gas fireplaces.  JEESH, didnt realize I knew that much about fireplaces until I started answering your question.

Jul 22, 2015 12:45 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I ALWAYS recommended it whether they asked or not.  It was always part of the conditions for the seller to take care of.  

Jul 22, 2015 12:34 AM