When you’re buying or selling a home, it’s important to test for radon gas (no matter the age of the building!). Curious about what this process looks like? We’re here to break it down for you.
When you are purchasing a house, the inspection process is the perfect time to have the home tested for radon. As a prospective buyer, it’s important to make sure you’re entering a safe environment for yourself and your loved ones. If the current owners have tested for radon in the last two years, request a copy of the report. If the home has never been tested, or if it has been more than two years since the last test, you can complete a free and simple radon test in 48 hours. Once the test has been mailed and processed by a third-party lab, you can quickly find out if the home needs a radon mitigation system.
When you are selling a home, it is wise to have it tested before putting it on the market so you can provide certified results to any potential buyers. With more community understanding about the risks of radon, it’s likely that prospective buyers will ask about the home’s most recent level. Even more, potential buyers may see your proactivity as a sign that the home has been well taken care of!
Once a home has been tested, you will be given a result measured in picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L). Here’s a simple breakdown of what the radon levels generally mean, but keep in mind that there is no “safe” level of radon, and your goal should always be to reduce radon levels to as low as possible.
For additional information about radon action levels, check out our blog post here.
Although high radon levels are fixable, it’s still an important consideration when buying or selling a home. Installing a radon mitigation system can generally get levels below 2.0 pCi/L quickly so you can move forward in the buying and selling process in no time!