As a real estate broker I have gone through many home inspections with
certified home inspectors. And as a homeowner, I have had home/s I
have sold inspected for the buyers.
The quality and character of a home inspector varies, as does a
building contractor or garage repairman. There are well-qualified,
and poorly qualified inspectors. There are reputable ones and
irreputable ones. Most serve a very good purpose - they have more
knowledge than most people buying homes, and inspect things most
buyers wouldn't even think to check. They are far less expensive than
paying different contractors (HVAC, plumbers, electricians, brick &
mortar specialists, etc.) to inspect all the various features of your
new home - especially since your home is probably the most expensive
investment you will ever make. They can bring attention to possible
areas of concern (remember they have general knowledge) - take those
items in question and then go to the specialist.
Now to your specific situation - your home inspector may or may not be
right, but the chimney is not a place to try to become your own
specialist on the cuff. Have the chimney inspected by a qualified
fireplace/chimney contractor. At the very least, your chimney may
need to be cleaned (build-up of creosote from wood that may have been
burned can cause a fire in the chimney - a far more costly
You did very well to have a home inspection. Whether the home
inspector is right or wrong, paying a contractor to have that verified
will be money well spent. Better to spend a little than risk you,
your family and your home.
Best wishes and enjoy your new home!
PS - Happy Veterans Day to all our Veterans!
November 11, 2003