Whether it is a romantic master bedroom fireplace, or a cozy family room hearth, your chimney should not be overlooked when buying or selling your home. Even if a fireplace has not been used, it should still be inspected. An inspection may uncover hidden cracks which could allow carbon monoxide, a deadly gas, to leak into living areas. Other problems, such as an improperly sized exhaust flue and other construction defects, are typically undetectable to most homeowners. Minor earthquakes and settling can also cause chimney problems. These are all good reasons to never buy a home without having you chimneys professionally inspected. A typical inspection includes an inspection report, a verbal review of findings and a cleaning, if necessary.