How Much Does a Chimney Sweep Cost?

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Jessica Oswald

Subject: Chemical baths

I received a quote for almost 2000$ to apply creosote dissolving chemicals and sweep it out two days later with a wire brush! It sounds astronomical to me. I can't find anything online about pricing for this. They assessed the creosote at level 2-3.


Subject: Chimney Sweep

A Chimney Sweeper telling you that your chimney is NOT in need of service is like a mechanic telling you that you DON'T need an oil change, air filter, new brakes & coolant flush.......doesn't happen. They will ALWAYS tell you that service is needed.

John Orosch

Subject: Always Service is Needed?

I have owned my Chimney Sweep business for 30 years and Will In Fact tell customers honestly if their chimney does or does not need cleaning or repairs. My company has 8 pages of very favorable reviews on Angie's List (none of which I have ever asked for) many of which mention that very fact! Look it up!
Some of my direct competitors in my area do the exact same thing so not sure where your definitive statement comes from.

Please email me privately to continue our discussion.

Jeffrey J Boehler

Subject: Chimney Sweeps are Bogus

The Chimney Safety Councils and Associations, (CSIA) collect dues and fees from chimney sweeps in exchange for driving prices up with scare tactics and taking about "Reputable Sweeps". They talk about "Repeatable sweeps" as a way to keep prices up when in all actuality it's a 6-day certification and minimal start up costs to become a chimney sweep. It's all about up-selling liners and other services and scaring you into more work. Yes there is a risk of to much soot or the chimney being backed up without regular cleanings as well as risk of fire without regular maintenance, however, they are not Doctors, did not go to medical school and should not be getting paid $100 for an inspection and $85/hour for a skill that anyone can learn. The bottom line is that chimneys were around for hundreds of years without liners and worked fine. Anytime you burn something in your home you are at risk. The statistics that are hid behind are outdated and biased towards increased overpricing of a specific non-labor intensive job.


Subject: pricing accurate

I live in a condominium duplex...We all have fireplaces, and it is required by the condo association to have our chimneys cleaned every year...I have been paying between 100.- and 125.- for the past three years...Before that it was under 100.00....I feel the prices have been well quoted...We live in an expensive area!

Marge Padgitt

Subject: Pricing information not accurate

The pricing listed in this article is way too low and misleading to the reader. As a member of the National Chimney Sweep Guild and president of the Midwest Chimney Safety Council I know a lot of chimney sweeps across the U.S. and most of them are priced much higher that what is stated in this article. At these prices no reputable chimney sweep would be in business for long.


Subject: Pricing

I found an excellent chimney inspector and cleaner for much cheaper than what is stated as average in this article. The whole town has been using this company for years. The higher priced chimney cleaner and inspector company in our areas does poor work and is going out of business. It's not always about costs Marge, it's about the service quality.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.