You have worked hard to make your house a safe and beautiful living space that you can call home. Regular maintenance and updates maintain the value of your home and improve your home’s overall appeal. A working fireplace may seem like a lot of work to maintain and keep up but having a full functional chimney and hearth can actually increase the amount your home is worth, If you are considering selling your home knowing what needs to be accomplished to get your fireplace up and running safely could mean the difference between a quick sale and sitting on the market for an extended period of time.
The first step to fixing an inactive fireplace is to have a professional chimney inspector like the pros of Chimney Master Dallas come to your home for a thorough inspection. Once problem areas have been identified schedule the necessary repairs to be accomplished before you even consider listing your home. Some fixes will be easier than others like a routine cleaning of soot and creosote from the liner. There could be more severe problems like damaged brick and mortar and even missing bricks. Replacing the cap with a newer model will keep leaks from occurring or animals from entering the chimney space.
Once the inspection and repairs are completed you can decide between fuel burning options. Many modern fireplaces have left the wood behind and opted for a gas insert which burns cleaner and is easier to control. If wood is still your choice a wood stove insert can help create a tighter seal keeping drafts from taking over your room.
In a survey put out by the National Association of Realtors almost 50% homebuyers are willing to pay more for a home with a fireplace. You really can’t afford not to get that fireplace up and working if you want to sell your home for the best price. Contact Chimney Master Dallas to get you on track for a fast sale of your home.