Chimney Sweep Costs and Charges

Welcome to Quotation Check – the web’s leading guide to home repair prices. This page is all about chimney sweeping but don’t forget you can find our full and complete price list here. How much does it cost to have a chimney swept? What is the average price to have this work carried out and often should it be done? This page was last updated on

A Legal Requirement in Germany

Did you know that in Germany it is a legal obligation to have the chimney swept? Also, that death from carbon monoxide poisoning and chimney fires are considerably fewer than here in the UK?

How Often Should A Chimney be Swept?

For smokeless fuel, oil and gas the chimney should be swept once a year. For coal and wood, there will be more deposits of carbon so consider having the chimney cleaned more frequently.

How frequently the chimney needs to be swept will ultimately depend on how often it is used.

Does it Make a Mess?

A professional chimney sweeper will have all the tools necessary to prevent dust/soot from escaping. This usually involves sealing off the fireplace/entrance and setting up a powerful hoover to collect fine particles. Brushes and chains are then used to remove deposits inside the chimney which fall into a collection basket set up at the base.

How Long Will it Take?

The work usually takes between 30-60mins, including the time it takes to set up all the equipment and place protective sheets over carpets and furniture. If the chimney hasn’t been swept for many years and there are substantial deposits within it, then it may take longer.

Chimney Sweeping Video

You may want to watch this video of a chimney sweep being carried out thoroughly. It gives you a rough idea of how the work is completed:

Costs to Have a Chimney Swept?

We did a lot of research into average costs to have a chimney swept, by contacting sweeps and also looking at forums on the internet which are full of stories and prices guides.

While chimney sweepers can carry out other tasks, we have assumed only one standard sized chimney needs cleaning. Don’t forget you may get a discount if you have two or more done at the same time.

LocationMedium Sized BusinessLarger Business (5+ employees)
London Area£60.00£80.00
South, SW and Midlands£40.00£50.00
Outer Region and North£35.00N/A

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