Shopping for a new home can be incredibly exciting, occasionally daunting, and likely the largest investment you’ll ever make. From open houses to inspections to paperwork, and everything in between, prospective buyers need to ensure that this purchase will benefit them emotionally and financially. Colorado has higher than average levels of radon throughout the state, so it’s crucial that prospective buyers order a radon test before closing on the sale. While some home inspectors offer radon exams, it’s important to work with a professional company for more accurate results.
Radon test results can be unclear and confusing, riddled with startling facts about radon-related health issues. Many homeowners don’t know how to proceed when their potential property tests high. Some consider backing out of the sale while others weigh the pros and cons of moving forward. Here’s what you need to know about buying a home with unsafe levels of radon.
One Radon Test Is Not Always Sufficient
Many home inspectors perform a radon test that reviews samples pulled over the course of a week, while some home inspections don’t include a radon test at all. Even if your home inspector performs a radon test, it’s crucial to get a second opinion. Regardless of whether your home test comes in over or under 4 picoCuries per liter, a second test helps confirm or refute the initial test’s information. Analyzing results from multiple tests helps paint a clearer picture of your home’s radon levels.
If the radon levels in your future new home are high, there’s no need to walk away from the sale. Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is emitted by the breakdown of organic material. When the rocks, soil, trees, and dirt surrounding a house’s foundation breaks down, radon can seep in through fissures in the foundation or walls.
While this sounds scary on paper, radon mitigation is low-impact, affordable, and effective. Mitigation can be as simple as filling the cracks around your home. Or, if levels are very high, radon can be removed through the installation of a radon removal unit, which funnels poor air out of the home. Once the mitigation system is in effect, homeowners should have their home tested annually for radon.
Request a Credit
If radon levels test high, prospective buyers can request a credit from the seller, which may be applied to the cost of radon mitigation. The seller is unlikely to balk at this request as future home buyers will discover high levels of radon and request a similar credit to help with mitigation costs.
Radon is a leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, second only to smoking cigarettes. Set yourself, your home, and your family up for a healthy, happy life by ordering a radon test prior to moving into a new home.
Radon Gone offers top-rated radon mitigation services throughout the Front Range, including Fort Collins, Longmont, and the Boulder and Denver metro areas. Contact us and we’ll help you purchase your next home with ease of mind.