More people are becoming aware of the health dangers associated with radon and, subsequently, the impact high levels of radon can have on real estate values. Because of this, many states and loan programs require radon testing be conducted as part of the real estate transaction process. If you’re planning to buy or sell a home, you should consider including a radon inspection as part of the process to protect yourself and cover all the bases – even in the unlikely event that it is not a requirement to close.
First, arm yourself with the facts about radon. There are many myths out there. You should know that radon can exist in homes of any age (even new construction). In fact, as a naturally occurring gas, radon exists in EVERY type of home and structure; the key is to test to ensure that levels fall within a safe zone. That safe zone has been determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be amounts under 4 pCi/L. Anything above this amount is considered hazardous to the health of individuals living in the home.
Second, know your area. Have any of your neighbors had radon mitigation systems installed? If so, it is likely you could have a radon issue in your home too. When looking for a home, take notice of other houses in the area. Are there radon mitigation/venting systems installed on homes in the neighborhood? In the Kansas City region one of every three homes test positive for high levels of radon gas, so once you start looking, you’ll likely spot them easily.
The EPA has put together a comprehensive guide for home buyers and sellers. You can access that guide here to be informed on what you’ll need (and what you should look for) when it comes to radon testing, inspections and mitigation.
Moving to a new home should be an exciting time. Take some of the stress away and be prepared when it comes to radon. If you have any questions, the team here at Certified Radon is always happy to help – just give us a call! 816.587.3500