If you have not started up your fireplace, you might get a chance soon.
Be careful though.
While some worry it could be a fire hazard, it could also be a hazard to your wallet.
Experts say make sure you check out your chimney sweep before you hand over your hard-earned money.
Dan Cross of Chimney Sweep stated, "The first thing they would do is go up on top, which the older person can't do, and they would break a flue tile and come down and show them the damage and say we can fix it now for a set price, but if we come back it will be twice as much."
Here are some general tips: