Radon and Buying Your Home
Why you shouldn’t ask the seller to install your radon mitigation system.
American Radon Mitigation’s owner Jesse Green was recently a guest on Real Estate Ready 360 to discuss radon’s role within the real estate industry.
Did you know the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act of 2014 requires home sellers to disclose whether or not their home has been tested for radon? If the home you’re buying hasn’t been tested, request professional testing before closing on the property.
If you are purchasing a home, ask for the following information before signing the purchase agreement:
- Radon test disclosure form with records and a description of any radon concentrations and the steps the seller took to mitigate
- “Radon Warning Statement” outlining the health risks of radon
- Two-page “Radon in Real Estate Transactions” publication
If the home has been tested and radon levels are high, you, the buyer, have two options:
- Ask for a reduction in the price of the home to cover your own radon mitigation system. Most buyers prefer this option, as it puts them in full control of the radon mitigation company they hire and the quality of the system they design and install. American Radon Mitigation aims to reduce your home’s radon levels as low as possible, often below 1 pCi/L.
- Have the seller choose and install your radon mitigation system. American Radon Mitigation does not recommend this option. But if you choose to go this route, make sure you’re the one picking the radon contractor, not the seller. In our experience, most sellers are only concerned with finding the cheapest option, not the best. After all, you’re the one whose health will be at risk if radon isn’t brought down to its lowest possible level.
For more information on the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act and how it affects the home-buying process, contact your real estate agent or a real estate attorney.
To learn more about radon’s role in real estate, take a look at:
- Radon in Real Estate Transactions
- Minnesota Department of Health – Radon and Real Estate
- Radon Testing for Realtors and Inspectors
Radon Warning Statement
“The Minnesota Department of Health strongly recommends that ALL homebuyers have an indoor radon test performed prior to purchase or taking occupancy, and recommends having the radon levels mitigated if elevated radon concentrations are found.
Elevated radon concentrations can easily be reduced by a qualified, certified, or licensed radon mitigator, if applicable. Every buyer of any interest in residential property is notified that the property may present exposure to dangerous levels of indoor radon gas that may place the occupants at risk of developing radon-induced lung cancer.
Radon, a Class A human carcinogen, is the leading cause of lung cancer in nonsmokers and the second leading cause overall. The seller of any interest in residential property is required to provide the buyer with any information on radon test results of the dwelling.” Minnesota Department of Health
Contact us today for a free mitigation estimate to keep radon out of your family’s lungs.