serviceman2When it comes to installing new gas logs, a new fireplace, or a whole new chimney altogether, it is very important that you “shop” around for the contractor that is going to fit your needs, your price, and your standards.

After deciding what it is you’d like to have done, whether that be to install an insert, add new gas logs, or construct a whole new chimney, obtain estimates from as many sources as possible! Call all the companies in your area- most companies give free estimates and would love to have the opportunity to work on your home.

Ask for references from friends, family members, and neighbors who have used the company and always check and double check the contractor you choose for credentials. If the company isn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau, or even listed in the phone book at all, it is often not wise to go with this company.

Finally, go with your gut instinct. If something doesn’t feel right about a particular company or contractor, no one is forcing you to use them. Go with the company that fits your budget and your criteria for someone you’d like working in and around your home. Also, be sure to ask about any warranties that they offer on their service and what type of warranties come with the products they plan on using or installing in your home. This will help you out down the road if something goes wrong with the appliance, a leak occurs, or something else out of your control occurs.

Clay Lamb

Clay Lamb is a Cincinnati Chimney Sweep contractor and the executive producer of the YouTube channel, podcast, and blog Ask the Chimney Sweep. He is also an award-winning educator and public speaker in the chimney and fireplace industry.

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