In every service industry, prices can vary widely. The chimney repair field is no different. Any time you schedule chimney repair work, chimney sweeping, chimney rebuilding or other services for the first time with a company, it will pay you to get a second opinion. In some cases, second opinions can also be helpful when you’ve used the same chimney company for years.
Doodlebuggers Fireplace, Grill & Outdoor Store of Pensacola, FL and Destin, FL would like to explain why second opinions are so important.
If you work with a chimney company that you know and trust, multiple opinions probably aren’t always necessary. But with a new company, you don’t know anything about them, so it’s a smart idea to get estimates from several other reputable providers. This is especially true if the job is extensive.
Obviously, you’ll want to compare pricing. Getting a couple of estimates may reveal if the original estimate is way out of the ballpark or suspiciously low. This isn’t to say that the top estimate won’t be justified or that the lowest estimate guarantees problems down the line. It just means that you should want to see several sets of numbers before making a decision.
A second reason for getting a second opinion for chimney work is that you want to compare what different chimney companies believe needs to be done to solve your problem.
Here’s a scenario: Viewing your chimney from the ground, you’ve noticed a few cracked bricks and a little white staining. You report this to a new chimney company, they come out and do an inspection and tell you that some brick replacement will solve the problem.
Then you get a second opinion. After the second company’s inspection, you’re told that there’s significant water damage within your chimney’s masonry and it’s causing the structure to be unstable. The recommendation: a chimney rebuild from the roof up.
Of course, this is just an example, but you can see how two different chimney companies may offer you very different solutions to your problem.
With a second (or third) opinion, you’ll get a better idea of exactly what the problem is and how it can be addressed.
A good chimney services company that you can trust and rely on is worth its weight in gold. Before hiring any company to do work at your home, check their credentials. This means:
Doodlebuggers regularly provides second opinions on a full menu of chimney services, including:
If you’d like a second opinion from an experienced chimney company in the Pensacola and Destin areas, Doodlebuggers is ready when you need us.