Radon testing is recommended because Radon is an invisible and odorless radioactive gas that is released from the ground from radium. It can occur anywhere, but higher levels are typically found in areas that have a higher concentration of uranium that naturally occurs in the soil. Radon build-up can occur in any home, regardless of age or how well it is maintained.
Should I Get A Radon Test With My Home Inspection?
Sad to say there are a lot of people who have owned their home for years and are not aware of radon. They’re living in these homes with high levels and when they go to sell their home, all of the sudden a buyer comes in who’s been made aware of radon and the homeowner finds out for the first time about it that they’ve been living in a home that’s basically been toxic for multiple years.
I would like to see it become a mandatory thing and something that maybe that the seller would take care of because there’s nobody living in a home right now that has high levels of radon that wouldn’t want it corrected. So yes, you should always do it during the home inspection.
I’ve seen it happen where a buyer decides that they’re not going to do the radon test for whatever reason and after a few years they decide to sell. Now when a buyer comes in and does a radon test, if it comes back with a high level, not only have they lived there for this long period of time breathing radon, but now, it’s their expense to fix it.
And they have to fix it because they have to disclose it to any buyer that might come along. So you definitely want to do it when you’re purchasing a home because the chances are, when you sell it in the future, you could get stuck paying for it.
When you buy a home, radon becomes your problem. If there’s someone living in it, it’s their problem until you purchase the home. It’s very important for the health of your family, number one, and second, financially down the road if you don’t incur that cost, how are you going to sell the home?
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