How to Effectively Sift through Chimney Repair Estimates

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Let’s say that you’ve recently noticed chimney damage during your normal home inspection. You do what every responsible homeowner would do and call a chimney sweep for chimney repair. Most people want to get at least three quotes from different chimney sweeps, but are you really sure what you’re looking for in chimney repair? Here are a few tips on sifting through the quotes and coming to a solid decision regarding your chimney damage:

Estimates Vary

Any Joe or Jane Doe can put a sticker on their truck advertising as a chimney sweep. No certification is necessary to start a chimney sweeping and repair business. So you may receive estimates that range from a few hundred dollars to more than a thousand dollars if you get quotes from general contractors, chimney sweeps, and uncertified professionals. Be prepared to take the price tag with a grain of salt.

Documentation

A professional Chimney Safety Institute of America (CSIA) Certified Chimney Sweep will be able to share documentation proving that he or she is certified, insured, and the whole nine yards. The CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps here at Lou Curley’s hold some pretty difficult to obtain certificates, and we’re very proud of those. We continue our education throughout the year, every year, to maintain our certificates so that we can provide the best service to homeowners in Drexel Hill and the surrounding areas.

Reviews and Testimonials

Check out their website and their social media accounts. You’re obviously already on our website and reading our blog, so take a look around at the services we offer and click Reviews in the navigation menu to see what people have to say about us. Visit our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to see what we’re up to and what people are saying. Facebook even lets you see how people review us from 1 to 5 stars; we’re at 4.7 stars out of 5. Not too shabby!

Never Shop Chimney Repair by Price Alone

You’ve heard the phrase, “You get what you pay for,” right? It still holds true in the chimney repair arena as well as car shopping and technology. You could hire the chimney sweep with the lowest estimate and end up paying thousands more for actual repair after some inexperienced person destroys your chimney. Then again you could strike gold and end up with an inexpensively repaired chimney.

Give us a call here at Lou Curley’s Chimney Service at 610-626-2439 if you would like to schedule an appointment with our CSIA Certified Chimney Sweeps. We’re certified to work with every part of the chimney, fireplace, wood burning stove, and even your dryer hose and vent.

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