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As Certified Chimney Professionals®, we believe that all homes involved in property transactions with a chimney or vent be properly inspected before the sale is finalized.
In the “old days”, the average home inspector, and even chimney sweep inspected a chimney and only looked at 2 items: “Is the chimney flue open?” and “Is it somewhat clean?” That was it – 2 items! Sadly, many home inspectors, real estate agents, and even worse, many sweeps still believe this nonsense and are living in the 1700’s.
The NFPA 211 (National Standard for Chimneys, Fireplaces, Vents, and Solid Fuel-Burning Appliances) has levels of inspection which are required to be performed as part of any real estate transaction. The NFPA 211 is the minimum safety standard which every chimney professional or home inspector performing a chimney inspection should abide by, and meet the requirements of, at every service performed for any client.
As an FYI – In the NFPA 211, there are 3 levels of inspection which are required for different services or situations.

Levels of Inspection

Level 1 – Required at every chimney sweeping. There are 33 items listed in the NFPA 211 annex which must be inspected at every chimney sweeping. Gone are the days of looking for only 2 things! Sadly, many non-certified sweeps have not even heard of the requirements! NOTE: We are so glad you are educating yourself by reading this material!

Level 2 – If a property is involved in a real estate transaction or an appliance is being changed, or a chimney flue relined, or if when performing a Level 1 inspection a sweep notes that further inspection is warranted, a Level 2 inspection is required. This includes Level 2 inspecting all the flues in a chimney, even if only one is suspect or being serviced. To perform a Level 2 inspection, a level 1 inspection must be performed, and then a Level 2 must be performed. There are an additional 33 items listed in the NFPA 211 annex which must be performed as part of a Level 2 inspection, and a video inspection of each flue is a requirement!

Level 3 – A level 3 inspection must be done when during the course of a Level 2 inspection, further inspection is required in concealed areas; areas where destruction of property is required to properly inspect a chimney structure. For example: Removing part of a wall might be required to properly inspect a chimney… Level 3 inspections include concealed areas of the chimney suspected of damage or malfunction. There are an additional 17 items listed in the NFPA 211 annex which must be performed as part of a Level 3 inspection.
For a complete list of the required items we suggest you speak to your local Certified Chimney Professional®.

Cost Expectations – The average NFPA 211 Level 2 Chimney inspection can add 2-3 hours of just chimney inspection not counting the reporting requirements and reports. Many times the chimney also needs sweeping or even de-glazing before a thorough inspection can be performed. It is not unusual for a thorough chimney sweeping and full Level 2 inspection to add 3 hours or more, including video inspections of all enclosed flues! Therefore it is normal for a Level 2 chimney expectation to run several hundred dollars.

Ethics – We all know the game – find a problem, lose a sale. Far too many real estate agents have compromised their best, and the safety of their clients, for a paycheck. They have done a disservice to themselves, the home sellers and the home buyers.
All we can do at Certified Chimney Professionals® is to encourage you to actually live up to the code of conduct you have agreed to if you are a Realtor®, and we strongly encourage you to be the BEST type of real estate agent: One who is in it for the right reasons, having a long term perspective, and one who seeks the best long term results thru honest dealings with both buyers and sellers.
Therefore, we encourage all real estate agents to:
• Protect and promote the interests of your client first.
• Treat all parties to the transaction honestly and fairly.
• Cooperate with other brokers if it is in the best interest of the client.

Use a Certified Chimney Professional®
There is a reason to use a Certified Chimney Professional® and the difference is ensuring the chimney(s) in any home you sell meets the minimum safety requirements and is suitable for continued use!
Our goal as Certified Chimney Professionals®? We want to burn less houses down and kill less people, and we believe this should be one of your goals also.

We encourage all real estate agents to refer all chimney inspections (Level 2 chimney inspections) to a competent Certified Chimney Professional® in your area.

How do you find a Certified Chimney Professional® in your area? Just go to our home page at www.CertifiedChimneyProfessionals.com and locate the search button near the top of the page. Type in your zip code and hopefully you will find a Certified Chimney Professional® in your area!

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