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Selling Your Home? We Work With Realtors

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.

Our Hearth Tools and Accessories

Your chimney system is ready for a fire this fall. You have had it inspected to insure the liner is intact, the masonry is sound, all the parts are in working order. You’ve had it cleaned so that the flue isshowroom8 clear of soot, dangerous creosote, obstructions, and other debris. Your fuel is ready for a fire. Your gas is connected properly, your pellets are bought and stored awaiting a fire, or your firewood is split and properly seasoned. If your fireplace and chimney system is ready for a fire and your fuel is ready to burn, but you don’t have the necessary accessories it’s time to come see us. Magic Sweep sells hearth tools and accessories to make your fire experience safe and easy.

Fireplace Tool Sets

It’s important that before you light a fire in your fireplace, stove, or insert, that you have proper tools on hand to use your fire properly. We sell items made from quality materials that are durable enough to withstand the heat of a fire and last many years of use. Our toolsets include a fire poker used to rearrange wood and coals, a shovel used to scoop ashes, and a brush used to clean ashes and wood pieces—all long-handled to prevent burns. Just like the large variety of styles of fireplaces, inserts, and stoves, our toolsets also come in a variety of beautiful styles. You might choose from contemporary, Victorian, rustic, Old World, and more. Choose an ash bucket that matches your style precisely.

Fireplace Screens, Doors, and More

Our accessories don’t just make life easier, but also more beautiful. You can choose to add a new screen or set of doors to your tired old fireplace to bring it new life. Your old fireplace may work just fine but may bring the look of your home back decades. In order to revitalize it on a budget, you can work with an expert to choose a great new look for your fireplace. If you want to make a more drastic change to your fireplace, we can change the entire look of your mantel.

Custom Stonework by Magic Sweep

We can give your fireplace a facelift with a little help from our staff masons. We can remove the old mantel and replace with a completely new one. We can build the mantel of your choosing with whatever stone or design you’d like. When you start with the professionals, you don’t have to wonder what is best. At Magic Sweep, we’re experts at making the old new again. Your fireplace is the focal point of your living room and home décor, it’s the backdrop of your family gatherings and your holiday festivities. Make sure it’s exactly what you want. A little T.L.C. for your fireplace can bring up the value of your property for a sale or refinance, and even add to the efficiency of your fire.

Talk to your chimney expert about raising efficiency with custom glass doors. Before you waste fuel on an inefficient system, ask a professional about your options.

Call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online. We can also work with realtors and property managers to face-lift your fireplace for potential homebuyers or renters.

Our Gas Services

Fall has arrived and whether you have a gas, wood, or pellet appliance, it’s time to have it serviced. We have more customers than ever choosing gas fire appliances for their homes. Gas fires are Tired of Your Wood-Burning Fireplace Convert to Gas - Chesapeake VA - Magic Sweeppopular for their easy installation, convenience, safety, and low-maintenance, however, they still need maintenance! Every fire appliance should be inspected and serviced annually in order to stay safe and efficient year after year. In fact, annual maintenance may be required as well. Your manufacturer may require annual maintenance to maintain your warranty and your homeowner’s insurance may require it as part of your policy.

Magic Sweep Gas Services

We offer services for gas appliances whether it’s a vented, vent-free, fireplace, stove, or insert. We service gas fires year-round just to prepare your home for winter fires, and we can even install and maintain gas appliances in small spaces such as apartments and hotel rooms. When choosing a gas appliance and choosing Magic Sweep to do the work, the sky is the limit.

We have more than 30 years of experience servicing fire appliances, and we bring all this know-how into your home when you choose Magic Sweep. We service, repair, and install gas appliances, preparing your home and your fireplace for winter fires that can help keep your home warm. Before lighting that first fire of the year, be sure you schedule maintenance for your gas appliance.

What to Expect

When you schedule a gas service with Magic Sweep, you can count on excellence from start to finish. That means from your first contact with our company when you call with a question or request a consult, you will get straight answers and the utmost professionalism. When it’s time for your appointment one of our technicians will show up at the appointed time and ready to work. We’ll protect your furniture and flooring with drop cloths if necessary and immediately get to work on your gas appliance and flue. Your gas service will include a thorough cleaning of the gas logs, firebox, and any other accessible portion of the unit. Soot and buildup will be brushed away and collected with an industrial vacuuming system to keep it from affecting the rest of your home. We will also clean the glass viewing window, check the wiring and electrical function, check the pilot light, and check and replace any fire bed components that need replacing.

Whether you’ve had your gas unit for a month or a decade, whether it’s a new model or an old one, whether it’s vented or vent-free, it will need to be serviced to work safely. It is our highest priority for our customers and communities to be safer. Let us service your gas insert, stove, or fireplace.

We also service gas appliances that are outdoors! We can help prepare your gas grill for winter and make sure your outdoor gas fire pit or fireplace is ready for relaxing in the autumn nights.

Call Magic Sweep today at 757-523-2400 or request an appointment online.

Time For A Facelift

Fall is almost here and the holiday season is around the corner. Soon homeowners will be framing windows with garland andMantels Marble and Stone Masonry Image - Chesapeake VA- Magic Sweep lights, and before that, vases of dried flowers and pumpkins might don the fireplace mantel. Whether you’re into decorating for the seasons and holidays or not, if you look at your fireplace wishing you could decorate it with a facelift, you can! You don’t have to settle for decorating around your fireplace! You can update and upgrade your system so that you’re happy with it this fall and into the holiday season.

Update for Beauty

Your fireplace is a focal point of the entire house, but definitely, for the room it’s in. Fireplaces, stoves, and inserts bring value to any home just for existing because homeowners want them. Fires add comfort, heat, and ambiance to your life and home. During the holidays, the hearth acts as a backdrop for all of your festivities and photos, the mantel itself holds photos and decorations, even stocks. Finally, the crackling fire is at the heart of every family gathering and relaxing evening during winter months. If your fireplace doesn’t live up to these expectations, you can update it. If your fireplace provides warmth but takes away from the look and feel of your living room, you can update it. If the fireplace needs an update, it doesn’t have to be a major one! We can help you determine what will bring life back to your fireplace—even if the fire isn’t the problem at all!

Upgrade for Value

Your fireplace is valuable because of the ambiance and warmth it provides for your family, but it also has practical value. Your fireplace is a supplemental heat source for your home. If it’s not, then something is wrong. In some cases, old, open fireplaces may be costing you money! If your fireplace isn’t adding value, comfort, and convenience to your living experience, it may be time to upgrade. You can upgrade your fireplace to a new system that is environmentally-friendly, safer, more efficient, and more convenient while also updating the look!

Our Favorite Facelifts

At Magic Sweep, our favorite facelifts are those we can achieve at little cost to our customers. Sometimes some custom glass doors can do the trick. Sometimes the mantel needs to be rebuilt with a new design or stone. If the problem is efficiency, we can install a completely new fireplace into the existing firebox. If you’re telling one of our experts that you want a fireplace facelift and also mention you are tired of firewood during the consultation, we may recommend a switch to a gas fireplace.

Whether it’s a facelift or a re-facing, we can help. We can help bring up the value of an old and tired-looking fireplace to also bring up the value of your home. A fireplace facelift can help achieve refinancing, sales, and more. Ask us how we can help you with your fireplace today by calling Magic Sweep at 757-523-2400.

Reducing Fire Hazards One Cleaning At A Time

At Magic Sweep Corp, it is our top priority to keep our customers safe and warm this winter and every winter. We are able to help our customers, friends, and neighbors accomplish this by offering important services to prevent fires. Your fireplace, clothes dryer, and HVAC systems are meant to add value to your home and your life. If they are neglected—even for a time—they can quickly take from that value, literally taking your home, health, or life in a preventable fire.

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At Magic Sweep, we keep our customers safe by cleaning chimneys, fireplaces, stoves, inserts, and more. Our comprehensive chimney care will cover any type of fuel or fire appliance in your home. When you schedule a chimney sweep with Magic Sweep, you can count on a convenient appointment time, a professional experience, and a complete sweeping from top to bottom. Our technician will start by using drop cloths to protect your furniture and floors, then clear away soot and creosote with brushes before collecting it with an industrial vacuuming system.

Clean Chimney Equals Safe Chimney

When your chimney is clean, it is safer. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) says that the chimneys that are cleaned and inspected regularly are the safest and most efficient. The worst thing about a flue fire is that it’s almost always preventable. Dangerous creosote that could’ve been removed ignites and results in a devastating fire. Debris from animals in the fireplace, creosote buildup, a drop in efficiency. All of these things can result in slowed airflow and high temperatures in the flue. There is still time this summer to schedule your chimney sweep so the fireplace and chimney are ready for safe fires this winter.

The Importance of a Clean Dryer Vent

According to the U.S. Fire Administration, there are nearly 3,000 clothes dryer fires each year. These fires result in 5 deaths, 100 injuries, and $35 million in property loss. These fires often occur overnight, in winter, and peak in January. The most common cause? Failure to clean the unit and ventilation system. This means that the majority of these clothes dryer fires are preventable. Most homeowners haven’t had their clothes dryer vents cleaned since they’ve had their dryer! This is a disaster waiting to happen. Don’t leave your home and safety up to chance—leave it up to the professionals.

Clean Air Ducts for Winter

As your family heads inside for cold weather, you may want to consider cleaning your air ducts. This service usually includes a thorough cleaning of the HVAC system and air ducts, a check for leaks, and a mild sanitizer that kills bacteria in the ducts. Having clean air ducts can improve symptoms in people with respiratory illnesses and allergies. Checking for and repairing leaks can save you money in utilities. Additionally, our vacuum pressure duct cleaning system means a healthier environment for you and reduces your chance for a home fire.

The time is now. There are a few more weeks in the summer to schedule important services that can help keep your family and home safe this winter.

Call 757-523-2400 and ask a Magic Sweep professional how our cleaning services can help you.