Chimneys serve a very useful purpose. When working like they should, they will draw gases and smoke out of your home. This is extremely important since many of these gases will be dangerous to your health. This is especially true of carbon monoxide which can kill you if there is enough present in your home.
The biggest downside you may have is that the masonry of your chimney might be deteriorating. If this is often the case then you’ll want somebody that’s skilled in masonry to the repairs. Usually work on the chimney isn’t one thing that you simply wish to aim on your own. might;you’ll;you will) notice the matter just by wanting otherwise you may notice that there’s leaking in your chimney that leads you to the conclusion that the work is required.
To give you more flexibility, look for a range hood that has variable speed controls for the fan. You’ll also want to consider how much noise the fan is going to make.
Get a chimney fireplace repair to inspect and clean your chimney regularly. This is critical if you tend to burn wood, but it is also important that the chimney be functional for other heating systems to work well. It is important to prevent toxic fumes from accumulating in the home, and nobody is interested in having a chimney fire.
Put money into escrow to pay contractors after closing. Sometimes it is not convenient to wait for repairs to be made prior to closing. So many lenders will allow buyers or sellers to put funds into an escrow account for “bank required repairs” to be completed after closing. Here in Portland, if you need to put on a new roof in January, you might run into some weather delays. This might be good time to use an escrow company (usually the title company who closes the transaction) to hold the funds, close the transaction and get the repairs made when weather permits. Usually banks want for the escrow amount to be 150% of the bid for the repairs because they to make sure that the repairs get completed, even if the final invoice is higher than the bid.
If you have Gas Logs, you definitely need a Chimney Cap. A Chimney Cap keeps the rain off the expensive gas log burner unit. If it has a remote control system, the rain will cause it to fail, costing you several hundred dollars in repairs. And, if you are burning the gas logs while it is raining, the rain hitting the ceramic logs can cause them to crack or break under the extreme heat change.
There is a simple project you can undertake that allows everyone in the family, including children, to participate. A garden is an easy project that will increase the value of your property.
I heard about a Missoula Real Estate Agent who personally learned the hard way on the chimney check – she was startled one afternoon a few years ago to hear something banging and crashing around in my chimney. After some detective work, she discovered it was a woodpecker that had fallen down my chimney, and was unable to get back up. Being part of a family of animal lovers, she was determined to get the bird out alive and well. To make a long story short, about 8 hours later, she finally coaxed the woodpecker into the fireplace, where she could hold get a hold of him and set him free outside…only to watch him fly to her neighbor’s chimney and disappear. All in all, let’s just say it is her recommendation that you put a screen on the top of your chimney.