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Chimney Inspections...An Important Componet of Buying, Selling or Living In an Annapolis Area Home
Our winters in the Annapolis MD metro area can be a mix mash of some cold and some warm. The winter of 2009/2010, as we all knew who lived here, was brutal with record snow fall and the cold days to go with it. And if you were one of the thousands of homes with a woodburning fireplace or like me a woodburning woodstove you probably had it fired up longer and hotter than seasons past. So a chimney inspection is in order before next seasons winter months head our way.
Today I attended a chimney inspection on one of my listings. The inspectors were very good. They climbed, without a second thought mind you, onto the roof and onto the chimney. The home the inspector was checking today had 5 fireplaces. Not the norm for sure. Add to the fact it is a historic home built in the 1700's and you have even more reason to check and double check. So check and double check they did.
The chimneys were in beautiful shape thanks to the loving care and restoration of its current owners, however two do need new liners. Of course they are the two that were used the most over time.
Liners do lose they're resilicency and depending on the amount of use, size and heat of fire and type of wood burned can add or subtract from their usefullness and protection. Better safe than sorry when it comes to your fireplace. Have it checked regulary especially after a season that was exceptionally cold or brutal.
So whether buying a home, selling a home, or living in your home a chimney inspection should be on your must do list. As Nike says.... JUST DO IT!! You will be glad you did.
BTW- the chimney inspection company was Suburban Chimney. 301-523-7171. They are out of Silver Spring, and Tony (the one on the chimney top) has lived in historic homes before so he knew exactly what to expect and look for. I was impressed at his knowledge of older chimney structures and he was full of solutions, not problems.
About the Author- Martha Brown is a Certified Residential Specialist (CRS) whose passion is homes in the Annapolis MD area and surrounding communities. As a 3rd generation Annapolitan she writes about her experiences in and out of the real estate market. Martha has been a local Realtor(R) since 1992 of which all have been associated with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., the largest independently owned real estate company in the Mid Atlantic.
Martha would love to hear from you so give her a call any time. Sharing her Annapolis MD area expertise is her passion. You can reach Martha at 410-440-7839 (cell) or 410-260-2800 (ofc)
Every effort has been made to assure that the information in this blog is as accurate as possible. Martha Brown of Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. disclaims any implied warranty or representation about it's accuracy, completeness or appropriateness for any particular purpose. This includes but is not limited to any information provided by third parties which is accessed through this blog via a hyperlink.
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