2016 EBSCO Research Best Pick

Early Times Home Solutions

7th year as a Best Pick

  • A-Rated
  • Verified General Liability
  • Verified Workers' Comp

"The primary goal of Early Times Home Solutions is to provide the best possible customer service and exceed our customers' expectations. Every possible effort to provide superior service is made from the moment you schedule an appointment to the completion of the work."

Mel Kahn | President

Areas Served:

Northern Chicago, North Shore, Northwest Chicago Suburbs, Southwest Chicago Suburbs, Western Chicago Suburbs

  • Services Offered
    The company's certified chimney sweeps identify and correct all types of problems, including but not limited to fireplace and furnace flue sweeping and relining; dryer vent cleaning; blockage removal; masonry restoration; video camera safety inspections; gas log sets and gas lines; chimney covers and housings; chase covers; dampers; and wood or gas inserts and stoves.
  • Awards & Certifications
    All chimney sweeps are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America, and the company is an EPA Lead-Safe Certified Firm.
  • Company History
    Early Times has served Chicagoland six days a week, twelve months a year, since 1985.
  • Employee Information
    All of the company's chimney sweeps and assistants wear uniforms, drive marked vehicles, and display picture IDs with a certification number. Employees undergo background checks and drug testing.

Select Quotes from Customer Interviews

A selection of 693 homeowner reviews:


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Early Times did the last project I had. Everything was good. I liked that they got in and finished what they needed to do right away. They were relining the chimney flue and chimney cap. I'd give them the best grade—A+.
Early Times had excellent service. They had excellent phone follow-up. They were very helpful with scheduling. They stayed through the night when we had a problem until it was resolved. They did two things for us. One, they cleared our clogged furnace flue. An animal had built a nest in there, and they cleaned out all the branches. The second thing they did was just a standard chimney sweep. I'll give them an A for excellent work. They were excellent.
We had two other companies come in to figure out what the problem was, and they couldn't. Early Times came, and immediately, the guy who was here knew what was wrong. He explained it, and he took care of it. We haven't had a problem since. We were really impressed. They were tidy. They did it quickly. He informed me the whole way what he was doing, so I really appreciated working with them. We were getting water that was collecting in the floor of our fireplace in our basement. It turns out there was a lot of blockage in the exhaust stack, which no one could figure out; he was able to do that. Our neighbors across the street used them. They had a totally different problem with their chimney, but I asked her what she thought of them. She was very satisfied, so we called them to take a look at our problem. They were absolutely an A.
I'm very pleased with the work and with the guys. Early Times were great. They did a chimney cap for me. They put on a new one. My neighbor had used Early Times for doing chimney work, and I got the referral from him. I'd give them the top grade—A+.
Early Times were professional and informative. They answered questions well. They replaced the crown on my chimney. They get an A grade from me.
I liked that they cured the problem and did what they were supposed to do. They sealed my chimney for me. They were doing some work across the street from me, and that's how I heard about them. I'd rate the company as an A.
Early Times did fireplace work here. They were very detailed in their explanations. They were also very good at prompt service. They were here the next day that we called. They weren't pushing products. They provided some advice, and that was about it. They did a chimney inspection on a gas chimney as well as a wood-burning chimney. They're an A-grade company.
I've been using Early Times for the last seven years, so they obviously meet my expectations. Otherwise, I'd drop them—I don't put up with poor service. They've cleaned my chimney at least twice a year for the last seven years. They've also done work on my chimney—the cap and the box in my fireplace had to be rebuilt. They did that, and they do good work. I'd give them an A.
Early Times show up on time. They clean up after themselves. They don't try to sell you stuff that you don't need. I've had them do routine cleaning on my chimney a couple times, and I also had them rebuild the top six or eight rows of the chimney. They did a great job. I had used them initially when I first bought my house. That was a long time ago, but once I'd used them for a chimney cleaning and saw the quality of the work, I felt good about having them do something more involved. I'd give Early Times an A rating.
Early Times were on time. They called before they were coming to let me know they were outside. They were very responsible. They just did chimney cleaning. They were recommended to me. I've just used them over the last couple of years. I'd give them an A.

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