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To continue with last week’s post, this will be a helpful guide to radon testing your home when you are getting ready to sell.

If you have recently had radon testing done in your home, the buyer may still ask for a new test. This is especially true if the following conditions apply:

1)      The Radon Testing Checklist items were not met.

2)      The Radon Test is not dated within the last two years.

3)      There have been renovations to your home since the Radon Test.

4)      The buyer plans on utilizes lower levels of the home than were tested. E.g., they are going to use the bedroom in the finished basement.

Obviously, if your home has not been tested for radon, the buyer will request a radon test.  If you are considering putting your home on the market, have the radon test taken as soon as possible. When radon testing, it should be in the lowest level that can be used regularly, whether by you or a potential buyer.

While there are radon test kits that you can do yourself, it is important that you follow the testing protocol to the letter. In the case of selling your home, you may be better off having a professional contractor that is licensed through the state conduct the test. The state has a list of qualified radon service providers.

If your home tests high for radon, you will need to have a radon mitigation system installed. While it may feel like a bad thing to have when selling your home, it can actually be used as a selling point. Most radon mitigation systems come with a warranty, and they offer peace of mind. You will need to provide the buyer with all documentation from the radon reduction system. Even if you have a system in place, the buyer can request another radon test, to make sure the system is functioning properly.

Don’t let radon stop you from selling your home! Test & remediate.

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