Before Fireplace Installation
If you are in the process of building a home or having a fireplace added to an existing home, you need to know a few things prior to fireplace installation. Now, if you plan to use a professional for the installation, many of these processes will be handled. However, if you expect to do all or some of the installation on your own, then you definitely need to know the right steps to take.
For starters, you want to contact your local municipal building department. Anytime a fireplace is build, you need a permit. This department will be able to provide you with valid information on what permit and the best way to secure it. Then, once you learn about the permit, get in touch with your homeowner's insurance company. Sometimes, a fireplace will change the policy and amount of policy so you will need to have this information to make an educated decision.
Next, if you want to have a professional install your fireplace, you need to make 100% sure that this individual is licensed, trained, bonded, and insured. If the company or person is unable to provide proof of all these things, move on. You can contact your local Chamber of Commerce or the Better Business Bureau to find someone qualified. We also suggest you contact three or four professionals, interviewing each and following up on skill and past customers.
Once you have decided on the professional, the plans of the fireplace need to be reviewed thoroughly. With this, you will both agree on the size, style, materials, chimney, or venting design, etc. Of course, you want to have everything agreed upon in a signed contract. This way, there would be no misunderstanding on what your hard-earned money is buying.
During the building of the fireplace, stay in close contact, asking questions. The key is to understand the process as much as possible. That way, if you were to notice the fireplace builder doing something different than agreed on, you would know. In fact, if the builder were to deviate on several items or something major, we recommend you bring in a third party to review the original plans.
Once the fireplace is done, the installation should be checked carefully to ensure it meets proper codes. For this, your local fire department or municipal building department could come to the house to perform the inspection. If not, contact an APC or WETT certified company to have the inspection done. Finally, contact your insurance company so they know the fireplace is done, at which time they too would want to perform an inspection.