Selling a Home - Flue Problems in a full masonry chimney

kpfeifDecember 15, 2008


We're selling a house for an estate (my grandfather's home). There are two masonry fireplaces with chimneys of masonry. The flue has some crumbling, etc., in each chimney. The chimneys are made of 100% masonry...the home's framing is also mostly masonry. My grandfather was a mason and built the home.

We've had the home inspection and that went ok, but now a "chimney inspector" is coming in. I'm a bit concerned as I'm not sure how impartial this person is going to be. After all, I believe they work for a chimney maintenance/restoration contractor. "Of course there's a problem - we can fix it for $$$$".

Any advice?

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I wouldn't make a big deal about it. Probably less than $1000 fix. I heard they have a sponge technique where they put a sponge on a pole full of cement like paste and seal up any cracks or holes.

This guy will "sell" you his services. He'll probably tell you its best to do it now before the sale of the estate.

Just keep in back of your mind that you can use it as a negotiating point in the sale. Offer the buyer to fix the flu liner (if there's a real problem).

    Bookmark   December 15, 2008 at 9:14PM
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