On my last inspection I discovered that the chimney had some damage from a past storm. This damage was fairly obvious but it made me think that it is almost time to start those fires. This means that you need to call and get your wood burning fireplace inspected by a professional chimney sweep. The fireplace also had evidence of nesting animals present. Had the new owner started a fire without having this chimney cleaned, it could have been tragic. Chimney fires can destroy homes and for only a few hundred dollars you could protect yourself and family.
In addition this chimney lacked a rain cap. A rain cap will help keep nesting animals out of your chimney and will help reduce the moisture present in your chimney. Moisture in a chimney can lead to other issues including brick cracks. Remember that it is time to have your chimney inspected and cleaned. Do not become a statistic.
You will also notice in this picture that the tree is actually growing over the flue. This creates other issues and must be trimmed back. Keep tress at or above your chimney and roof line pruned back.