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What Home Sellers Need To Know About Radon
In addition to the guidelines from the US EPA that we discuss on this page, our recommendations for home buyers are as follows.
If you already tested your home for radon before you put it on the market, you need to do the following:
Provide disclosure of your test results -usually listed as part of a ‘Seller’s Disclosure’ (aka ‘Residential Real Estate Disclosure Form’). Don’t be surprised if a potential buyer for your home insists on taking a new test. There are a few reasons for this:
- If your radon test was not conducted very recently, the ‘old results’ may not satisfy a buyer’s concerns.
- Buyers (and Buyer’s Agents) will often insist on a test paid for by the buyer in order to verify present levels to their own satisfaction.
- Any renovations to the home may have changed the likelihood for the presence of dangerous radon levels; also
- A previous test may not be to the buyer’s liking (especially if it was conducted on any level of the home that was not the lowest livable level (I.e. basement or sub-basement).
An existing radon test is a great tool to help remove ‘question marks’ about your home to a potential buyer. The more information that you provide for a buyer will help them make a well-informed decision about your home. Fewer worries on the part of a buyer have been shown to increase the amount a buyer is likely to offer on a home.
Be sure to save information about your radon test, so that you can answer any questions you receive about the test. Having this information will help you and the buyer interpret the test results.
It is a good idea to make copies of said reports available so that you can readily show the results of the test, and answer the important questions:
- Who performed the test (an experienced radon professional is the ideal answer here)?
- What type of testing device was used for the test?
- Where was the test taken in your home (what floor, room and exact location)? - When was the test performed? - What lab analyzed the results of the test (if any)? - Have there been any home improvements, structural changes, or changes to the HVAC system since the date of the test (which could affect radon levels).
Haven't Tested For It Yet?
If you have not yet had your home tested for radon:
EPA recommends every home should be tested for radon. We recommend testing your home before you put it on the market. Any documentation (like a radon test result from an experienced and certified radon professional) is an asset to you as a home seller – and important information about the home you’re selling.
Homebuyers don’t like question marks. Buying a home is one of life’s more stressful events. An accurate test result also will help remove questions and concerns that you may have about your property. If it happens that your radon test shows dangerous levels of radon, you have an opportunity to fix the problem and install a mitigation system BEFORE the home goes on the market.
- By having a mitigation system installed before placing the home on the market, you control the mitigation process (and costs) rather than the homebuyer.
- Your home is now more attractive to buyers – as there is one less worry about your home (low radon levels) - as compared to other homes on the market.
- Solving the potential radon problem beforehand greatly facilitates a smooth and hassle-free transaction for all parties.
Experience counts.We've been testing and remediating radon since 1987. We look forward to helping you ensure that your home and family are free of dangers from radon.
Please call with any questions,
Bill & Robin Slentz
Mid America Radon
Mid America Radon Testing Inc. provides radon testing and mitigation to clients in greater Kansas City and the Midwest since 1987.
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See EPA Guidelines for radon tests, testing results and recommended remediation measures, including state radon levels (maps) for Kansas and Missouri and the latest word from top health and environmental organizations about the dangers of radon, including comparative risks of radon exposure for smokers and non-smokers and info on radon and real estate transactions.Read more