It's On The House

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 311291

A caller on my radio show yesterday inspired this post. She was a former client who was not happy with a chimney company that had given some incorrect advice. My suggestion with any contractor or service company is to get good referrals.

 

 

Most people love the look and feel of a fireplace and the ambiance and warmth associated with a burning fire. Many buyers have this on their must-have list.

But don't forget the maintenance. If you use it, have it cleaned.

And if you are not a DIY kind of person, hire a professional. Soot and creosote build-up needs removal. If the chimney is masonry or metal, check for cracks.

Check the chimney caps' condition, which keeps the water out, and side screens that block the critters. Make sure nothing is blocking the opening, which can happen when not in use. Birds, squirrels, bees, etc., have been known to nest in chimneys.

 Know the right wood to burn...dry and seasoned.

Ensure the damper is open and working before lighting a fire. Glass doors with heatproof glass are useful safety features. To add warmth to the house, consider a fan/blower insert that puts the heat back into the room instead of sending it all up the chimney.

Safety tips:

Never leave a fire unattended.

Move carpets, furniture, pets, and kids away.

Always have a chimney cleaned and inspected BEFORE you use it the first time. 

Do you want a fireplace in your home?

 

Thinking about selling your home

Call Margaret Rome

410-530-2400

 

Margaret Rome

 

 

Comments (52)

Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Thank you, Kathy Streib, for featuring my post in your fantastic weekly series!

Feb 14, 2021 08:34 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Grant Schneider, Glad you found the crack and had the chimney re-lined!

Feb 14, 2021 08:36 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Roy Kelley, Thanks for the re-blog. Hope you two had a lovely Valentine's Day.

Feb 14, 2021 08:38 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX, Like you,  I am enjoying my fireplace even though it is a gas one!

Feb 14, 2021 08:40 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS,

Clean, welcoming, and safe are the ways to enjoy your fireplace.

Feb 14, 2021 08:42 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
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Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®  Would love to know more about your expertise as a chimney sweep. If you have written about it, please feel free to link it here. If not, it would be a good post for you to write.

Feb 14, 2021 08:45 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®

Hi Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 -  That is just one of those tasks that if I can't get someone to come out, I do it. But only on my own chimney, the liability is too great otherwise. Like getting on a horse; my horsey friends can't believe I "ride".  I don't think about it, I just get on the horse and away we go.  No big deal. 

Feb 16, 2021 01:35 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Hannah Williams, Love how we can stay in touch and continue to share and learn from each other.

Feb 14, 2021 08:47 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Jeff Dowler, CRS,  Always have the chimney inspected, either when you purchase the house or definitely before using the fireplace the first time.

Feb 14, 2021 08:50 PM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Fireplace 101. People should read how to use one before they do.

Feb 15, 2021 07:35 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

So important, and we always advise clients to get a wood stove or fireplace inspection, or ask for recent records. We have an annual appointment with a chimney sweep. It's peace of mind. 

Feb 15, 2021 08:37 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Hi Margaret good advice.  We do have some wood burning fireplaces here in my area and on occasion people forget to have them cleaned and bad stuff happens.  We have a gas fireplace and I'm thankfull for it easy and simplicity.

Feb 15, 2021 10:03 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Lyn Sims This is Fireplace 101. Learn about your FP before you light it.

Feb 15, 2021 06:10 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD You have the words of wisdom!

Feb 15, 2021 06:11 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS CRB, Phoenix Broker  The gas fireplace is so easy to use. Glad you are also enjoying yours!

Feb 15, 2021 06:13 PM
CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS, EA
Number Cruncher LLC - Overton, NV
Helping Taxpayers Resolve IRS problems

I really miss having a fire place!  

Feb 15, 2021 07:29 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

CANDACE (Candy) STEVENS Is it time for you to move?

Feb 15, 2021 08:43 PM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

Old Chimneys and wood burning fireplaces are great--they set such a mood, esp during the holidays!

But they are expensive to keep up with regarding maintanence--and some of the chimney service pp can really overinflate prices and what is needed.

Feb 17, 2021 10:29 AM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome

Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR

This is the time to make certain you have trusted contractors to inspect, correct and maintain.

Feb 17, 2021 11:29 AM
Georgie Hunter R(S) 58089
Hawai'i Life Real Estate Brokers - Haiku, HI
Maui Real Estate sales and lifestyle info

Like many others, I think a fireplace would be great on a cold winter day/night. Even in Hawaii.

Feb 17, 2021 06:44 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Everyone around here seems to be switching to gas or propane but I still prefer our wood stove to suppliment our heat pump Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400 

Feb 27, 2021 06:08 PM