The cost of having your chimney repaired depends on the extent of the damage as well as the contractor you choose to work with. You should seek out someone with a track record of doing quality work who charges a fair and competitive price in order to get the most for your money and to stay within your budget.
A simple cleaning may not cost very much, but a complete renovation or rebuilding of your chimney may cost substantially more. For instance, bricks may need replaced and grafted in with the old bricks that are still intact. That will cost money for both parts and labor. A thorough cleaning will just cost you the man hours. The cost of having your chimney repaired may be something as simple as getting a chemical cleaning log to get rid of the excess carbon built up on the inside of your chimney from lots of use. This is a natural process that just requires some gentle scraping after you’re through burning your log.
If the outside portion of your chimney is completely falling apart, it will require that you pay out for the services of a contractor who can climb up on your roof and take care of the problem. Eventually, if it is continually used and the necessary repairs are not made, the flames can potentially escape to other parts of the house. This is a serious hazard, and it’s one of the reasons why this needs to be done occasionally.
If the house is old but the chimney is new, consider the investment in repairing your chimney in order to protect the house. If you can do any of the repair work yourself, you can cut down on costs a great deal more than if you had to use a contracting specialist to do the bulk of the work. A complete rebuilding of your chimney can cost up to several hundred dollars and even into the thousands range, depending on the scope of the work involved and who you hire to do the job.
If you plan on having him do a cleaning as well, you can add that to the total amount of your bill. However you choose to go about having the work done, remember that it will probably cost you more in the long run if problems go without being dealt with because of the hazards to your home and because having a chimney completely replaced is even more costly.