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Radon and home sales

More and more, home buyers and renters are asking about radon levels before they buy or rent a home. Because real estate sales happen quickly, there is often little time to deal with radon and other issues.

Best time to test during buying a house is before your due diligence deadline expires. If you already own the house than we recommend you test during the heating season, but it can be done throughout the year.

During home sales buyers often ask if a home has been tested, and if elevated levels were reduced. Buyers frequently want tests made by someone who is not involved in the home sale for obvious reasons to avoid conflict of interest. If tests come back with elevated levels buyers might want to have a mitigation system installed as part of negotiations.

Every new home should be tested for radon after occupancy. If you have a test result of 4 pCi/L or more, consult a qualified mitigator. The cost for a mitigation system in our area is between $(1200-1500).

During real estate transactions all radon testing is SHORT-TERM TESTING. Because radon levels tend to vary from day to day and season to season, a short-term test is less likely than a long-term test to tell you your year-round average radon level. If you need results quickly, however, a short-term test followed by a second short-term test may be used to decide whether and who gets to carry the cost for fixing the radon at the house.

Call us to schedule your test today.


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