Radon & Real Estate
If you are selling or buying a house, have it tested for radon.
- For a new home, ask if radon-resistant construction features were used and if the house has been tested.
- Get the radon level fixed if the result is four picocuries per liter (pCi/L) or above.
- Even if the levels are less than four pCi/L, it still represents a risk and, in many cases, may be decreased.
- Take measures to prevent device interference when conducting a radon test.
Selling a House: Should You Have it Tested for Radon?
Before listing the home for sale, the homeowner can test it for radon. If the person does perform a radon test, most if not all states will require that the test result is disclosed on the ”house disclosure form” you will fill out with your realtor. If the initial test by the homeowner indicates levels for less than four pCi/L, potential buyers may still request an extra radon test as part of their home inspection. If a first radon test by the homeowner is four pCi/L or higher, the problem must be addressed in the real estate transaction. A possible buyer may want to have a confirmatory test conducted. With an average radon level of four pCi/L or greater, it is recommended that a radon mitigation system is installed before placing the house on the market, to bring the radon level to less than four pCi/L.
Buying a House: Should You Have It Tested for Radon?
All houses, regardless of what radon zone the construction is located in, should be tested for radon at the point of sale. The traditional procedure for radon testing during real estate transactions is for the potential buyer to ask for the radon test as part of the overall home inspection. The radon test is a separate service and must be requested. If the radon test is four pCi/L or higher, the potential buyer needs to negotiate with the seller or real estate agent to have a radon mitigation system set with the established goal of bringing the radon level in the home below four pCi/L.
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