HOME BUYER'S INSPECTION
A fireplace or log burner is often a selling-point when buying a new home, and once you've moved in and unpacked the kettle, it's a great pleasure to light the fire and relax, but how do you know it is in safe working order?
The truth is that most homebuying surveys do not identify whether a fireplace is safe to use. In fact, hundreds of homes get sold every year with faulty installations and no paperwork detailing their installation or service history. A customer recently described this as 'like moving in and finding the toilet isn't plumbed in.' Whilst not as inconvenient as having no flushing toilet, a poorly installed stove or unsafe chimney can cause real harm and it's important to have it checked by a professional before lighting it.
The Home Buyer's Inspection includes:
An inspection of the fireplace/stove installation
A ground level external inspection of the chimney and any pots/terminals
A check of the internal components of the fireplace or stove
A full sweep of the flue
CCTV flue inspection
A smoke test
Advice on how to use your appliance effectively
Paperwork documenting work undertaken and any advice/recommendations
Details of reputable chimney specialists who will be able to rectify any problems