Over 70,000 chimney fires occur annually and most could have been prevented! It is imperative that the general buying public ensure that their chimneys are safe PRIOR TO MOVING INTO THEIR NEW HOME. Predominately, home inspectors routinely disclaim the internal elements of the chimney for the simple fact that it is inaccessible and cannot be viewed during a routine VISUAL HOME INSPECTION. Since they cannot see it, it falls outside the scope of their inspection.
National Fire Safety Standard/NFPA 211-Disclosure
If you are buying a house, the National Fire Safety Standard requires that you have the Chimney internally evaluated (NFPA 211). With over 70,000 chimney fires a year, doesn't it make sense to ensure the safety of your Family?