You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be present in your home. Radon can be found all over the U.S. and comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe.
You can test for radon as part of your inspection process. Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. Testing is inexpensive costing anywhere from $30 to $175 but expect to pay about $125 to $150 for the most reliable type of testing.
Good News is that a radon problem can be fixed!
Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly. Some radon reduction systems can reduce radon levels in your home by up to 99%. Even very high levels can be reduced to acceptable levels. Costs tend to run from $200 to $1,500 with $800 to $1,000 being average. Depending on market conditions, sellers may be willing to pay the cost of a radon mitigation system if requested as part of the inspection resolution process.
You can learn more in the EPA Radon Guide.
Did you know that many homes built before 1978 have lead-based paint? Lead from paint, chips, and dust can pose serious health haz
ards. Federal law requires selers to provide a lead-based paint disclosure to the buyer if the seller’s house was “permitted” prior to January 1, 1978.
As part of that disclosure, the buyer acknowledges receipt of the government publication entitled “Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home”.
At this point, your reRESULTS agent won’t know if you will buy a house, where the disclosure and booklet is required. Nonetheless, you can follow the link above to learn more about this important topic.