What do you do when the chimney moves, and pulls away from the house?
1. Pull the chimney back from inside the attic so it's straight up and down, being sure to tie it securely to more than one roof rafter. This insures it will not move any more.
2. Cover any gap with goop and a strip of wood trim that you have been sure to paint so it doesn't rot.
3. Ignore it. There's nothing to see here.
4. Contact and engineer and get some advice. Do what he says and have a report available for your buyers when you sell the house.
Well, this seller went with number 2!
At least he was consistent with number 2!
Both sides were equally, and completely, gooped! Top to bottom!
Not sure what the goop is, I suspected asphalt tar for a driveway repair.
Had I done it, of course, we'd have gone with the licorice gum repair.
Works every time.
Of course, with all that you need to include a little bit of Number 3 above!
Why would you think few would go with Number 4?
My guess would be cost. Methinks these sorts of repairs to be very expensive! Well, actually they are.
My recommendation: when you go to sell a house that has a serious issue, sellers need to be very, very comfortable with the idea that everything that can be done to satisfy the issue has been done. If not, well, for sure, your sale might take a while.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560