You found the perfect home. We schedule your home inspection and discuss the option of a radon test. Why is this important?
Unfortunately, many buyers and even some realtors view radon testing as optional and perhaps an unnecessary addition to closing costs.
However, it’s a crucial step in your home buying journey to protect your health and safety.
Let’s go over some commonly asked questions about your home inspection and why it’s important to include a test for radon.
Is radon that much of a risk?
Radon-related lung cancer kills an alarming 21,000 people each year, according to the EPA. To put the risk in perspective, about 10,000 people die per year from crashes as a result of a drunk driver.
Awareness of the risks of drunk driving is much greater than radon, although radon causes more than double the deaths per year.
Protecting your home from radon risks is an important step in the home buying process for your health and safety.
Which homes need testing?
According to the EPA, radon is found in every state. It’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas produced by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock, and water.
Because the air pressure inside your home is typically lower than the pressure in the soil around the foundation, radon is drawn into the home through cracks in the foundation.
High radon levels occur in older homes, new construction, homes with basements and homes on a slab or crawlspace.
Some areas typically are lower than others, however, don’t rely on rumor or neighborhood myths about low risks of radon in a desire to save costs.
What if the radon test indicates a high concentration?
The good news is that even if a home has high radon levels- anything above 4 pCi/L, radon mitigation is relatively simple. Qualified radon mitigation contractors can install a radon mitigation system that provides a permanent solution.
The system is comprised of one or more PVC pipes that run from the radon-emitting soil beneath a home up through the roof. A fan draws air through the system so it does not encroach the living spaces. Once installed, a follow-up radon test is completed
How to negotiate a solution
If the radon test reveals actionable radon levels, we can be ask the seller for a price reduction that covers the estimated cost of remediation or require a remediation be installed prior to closing.
Typical radon mitigation systems can cost between $1.000-$2,000 depending on your home’s structure and the contractor selected to perform the work.
High levels of radon are a life-safety issue, so it’s difficult for the seller to dispute as it will impact their ability to sell their home to future buyers.
This is one of many steps in the transaction that as trusted real estate advisors, we guide and protect you through the process.