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Selling Your Home? We Work With Realtors

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If you are selling a home in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area and it has a fireplace, we can help you sell it better. We can help reach the customers that love fireplaces byRealtor holding key and mini house to show the transfer of property making sure it’s in tip-top shape for the sale! Before snapping the curb-side photos for the listing, make sure your chimney looks its best. When you’re marketing your home (and your fireplace), you want to make sure it looks great and works well. This will tell a prospective buyer that it has been well cared for and is safe and efficient. A properly-maintained chimney system is one that will last and adds value to any property.

Serving Realtors in Hampton Roads

Since 1979, Magic Sweep Corporation has served homeowners in Hampton Roads and Tidewater areas. We offer routine preventative services that keep chimneys working safely and efficiently. We also offer real estate inspections, repairs, installations, and more. These services are important for realtors who are looking to capitalize on a sale this fall. If we complete an inspection and find a problem, you’ll get a detailed report highlighting the necessary repairs. If you don’t want to complete the repairs yourself, our CSIA chimney sweep will sign a report to pass on to your prospective homebuyer.

Real Estate v. Chimney Inspections

A standard chimney inspection is necessary annually when the chimney and fireplace are used the same way as usual and no changes have been made to the system. A homeowner might schedule an inspection during the off-season or just after the burn season in order to identify any winter damages. This is a level one inspection. A level two chimney inspection is required when a property is sold or transferred. It includes all the readily accessible portions of the chimney interior and exterior (level one inspection) in addition to all accessible portions by way of doors and passageways. This is a thorough assessment of the entire chimney system from top to bottom, from chimney cap to ash pit, and even includes a video scan of the flue interior. This is nothing like the home inspection that your real estate deal requires. Most prospective homebuyers will have a very small window of time to schedule a home inspection. This includes a basic visual inspection of the chimney to ensure it is “sound”. We encourage realtors to take the time leading up to a sale to schedule a chimney inspection. Your prospective homebuyers will be confident in a purchase when they know the chimney has been inspected EVEN IF they are aware of a problem that requires correction.

The Benefits of Hiring Certified Inspectors

Our team at Magic Sweep Corporation is filled with CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps (CCS) with the education, the training, and the experience to assess any chimney and diagnose any problem. Whether your chimney is ten years old or one hundred, we can handle it. When realtors or property managers in our service area count on Magic Sweep, they can benefit from special services and discounts such as service billing and we pick up and return keys for a small fee. If you’re not a realtor or a property manager, but just a homeowner looking to sell, don’t worry. We will help you too!

House Hunters Love Fireplaces

Your prospective homebuyer likely wants a fireplace. In fact, most of them do! If you have a fireplace, whether you’ve used it a lot, or you just had it installed, it’s important to have it inspected before it’s sold so that the new homeowner has all the information necessary to properly care for it. A pre-sale chimney appointment is bigger than the disclosure report, however. Calling Magic Sweep for service now can help you sell your house. We can help you sell your house by restoring your chimney to what it once was and what it should be. Repairing exterior masonry is extremely important when looking to sell a home because a cracked chimney and loose masonry don’t look great from the curb. Additionally, putting in a little extra work now will show a prospective homeowner that this house is worth investing in. For instance, have the chimney’s masonry waterproofed. What’s better than buying a new home with a chimney? Buying a chimney that is waterproofed for the next 8 years. We’ll sign a work order and report to present to the prospective buyer.

If you’re already tired of trying to sell your home, don’t fret. We have some ideas that may help. Since your home has a fireplace, let this be the time to shine. Plan an open house after your appointment with our experts. Light a fire in the hearth before your next open house. Make sure it’s clean and efficient.

Before scheduling a home inspection, ask your realtor what all will be assessed. A home inspector is not a chimney expert and expecting him to be one is erroneous. Trust your home and chimney to the best. Call Magic Sweep Corporation at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online.