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Chimney Sweep | Chimney Repair | Chimney Inspection| Chimney Cleaning

A Step in Time Chimney Sweeps services Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Richmond, Fredricksburg and all of Northern Virginia and has been offering chimney cleaning, chimney inspections, and chimney repairs for over 20 years. A Step in Time is currently offering NFPA level 1 chimney inspections at $85 and chimney sweep for open fireplaces with the inspection is $259. If you have a wood stove or furnace appliance than the price for the chimney cleaning and inspection is $399. We base our price on competitive bids and Home Advisor currently states the average chimney inspection should be on average $450 (  For homeowners, we will come to your home, provide detailed inspection photos, and educate you on national and state building codes regarding the safety of your fireplace. This service is heavily discounted.

We are confident that you will be impressed with the professionalism, quality of service, and knowledge that we provide— so much so that you will become our customer for life.

A Step in Time in Virginia Beach, VA is currently expanding nationwide and partnering with professional sweeps throughout the United States to establish business locations with owner/operators who are looking to run their own franchise.

Chimney Sweep, Inspection, & Cleaning Pricing

Level 1 Chimney Inspection


Level 2 Video Inspection


Level 1 inspection & chimney sweep with open fireplace


Dryer Vent cleaning for 15 foot run


Wood stove cleaning or furnace


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Norfolk | Virginia Beach | Hampton Roads | Richmond | Chimney Sweep Inspection & Repair

A Step in Time in Virginia Beach, VA has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau; in addition to having a class A contractor’s license, workers compensation, liability insurance, and high ratings on Google and Yelp.

We do the most to provide the best service possible. Feel free to click the chat button to the right and instantly speak with us or schedule your appointment. We can also answer many of your chimney related questions.

Chimney Sweep, Inspection, & Repair Services

  • Chimney Sweep
  • Chimney Repair
  • Chimney Inspection
  • Chimeny Cleaning
  • Chimney Installation

Norfolk | Virginia Beach Service Areas

  • Norfolk
  • Virginia Beach
  • Hampton
  • Chesapeake
  • Richmond

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About Us

Ray Gessner is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He has a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech – 91 and an MS in Engineering from Old Dominion University – 98. Ray holds a class A contractor’s license and a professional engineering license in both Virginia and Maryland— making him more than qualified to personally train each and every one of our technicians. Ray has published national trade articles in SNEWS Magazine and National Chimney Sweep Guild’s Sweeping Magazine. And to top it all off with a fun fact: the Virginia court system has recognized Ray as an expert witness.

Chimney Cleaning, Inspections, & Repairs

We offer chimney cleaning, inspections, and repairs by trained professionals.

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Roofing Repairs & Replacements

We offer roof repairs and replacement. Hail damage and insurance claims welcome.

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Dryer Vent Cleaning

We offer dryer vent cleaning for residential and commercial projects.

chimney liner installation

top-notch chimney Training

We offer top-notch training to chimney professionals throughout the United States by a professionally licensed engineer.


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Ray Gessner, P.E. is the founder and C.E.O. of A Step in Time. He is a professionally licensed engineer with an MS in civil engineering.

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Rufus Jones is the Northern Virginia future franchisee. Rufus has been working at A Step in Time for over 10 years and is a wonderful person.
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Frances Verhofstadt is the corporate office manager and has worked in customer service her entire life. She has a wonderful personality and is Ray’s mother-in-law.
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Jeff Hughes has known Ray for over 15 years. He is currently in charge of the corporate expansion of the Greater Richmond area. Jeff is an intelligent and talented chimney technician.






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