After many happy moments in your house, you have decided that you need to move into something larger or more elegant.  Perhaps you are looking to move into a better neighborhood or a better school district.  Or maybe you have to relocate for your job or to be closer to a family member who needs you close by.  Whatever the reason, you have to sell your house.  That means getting the old place in tip top shape so that when prospective buyers come for a tour they are impressed and are motivated to make an offer.

You get the exterior of the house power-washed, you have a professional cleaner or two and take care of the interior and you hire a landscaper to get the property in order.  Maybe you even re-paint some rooms to make everything fresh.  The day of the first tour comes and you look up and there it is.  There is soot staining the top of the chimney.  The buyers notice and they are a bit put off because a little soot staining or the absence of a chimney cap (or the presence of a rusted and battered chimney cap) mean that, pardon the pun, where there is smoke there is fire.  Or in this case, where there is soot and disrepair there may be worse things going on down the chimney.  The opportunity is lost and you now have to delay proceedings to get the chimney in order and be certain that it is in tip-top shape.

The fact of the matter is that it is the small details that can lead to lost home sales.  Soot and a missing or old chimney cap may be indicative of issues with the chimney system just as dirty gutters may mean a clogged or compromised gutter system.  Because these issues might escape your eye when ascertaining the condition of your property as a whole, homeowners looking to sell should create a check list so that these are not missed.  While gutters can easily be power washed, getting the chimney in good condition is a different proposition all together.

Having a qualified chimney cleaning company come in and inspect your chimney before putting the house on the market will help you to ensure that all is well.  They clear the chimney of any debris, inspect the interior for any repairs that may be needed prior to a pre-sale home inspection and install a new chimney cap when all the work is done.  As the saying goes, the devil is in the details so you have to make sure that you have all your pre-home sale details covered.