Years of Experience
You may find a lot of information on many different chimney sweeps, but you want to find the one that offers many years of experience in the local area providing chimney sweep services. If you have friends or family who have had their chimneys swept recently, ask them who they have used. You can also find a lot of information about different companies online.
Ask about recent references of the company so that you can ask previous clients of theirs whether they did a good job, how they treated the client’s property, and whether the job was done efficiently.
Look for a company that has a positive reputation in the local area. There are likely to be many fly-by-night businesses that are around for just a short period. You want to make sure that the company you work with provides a quality service and has a positive reputation in the local community for doing so.
Licensed and Insured
Look for a company that can provide copies of their license and insurance information. License and insurance that is current and up to date shows you that the company is in good standing with the city and state and also protects you from liability of they are injured on the job at your home.
It is important that the chimney sweep you use is able to utilize the most up-to-date technology in chimney sweeping. This means providing a video scan of your chimney so that you can see what they see if they are spotting any issues. You will be more likely to have a problem resolved if you can see for yourself what the issue is.