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 What Every Buyer & Seller Needs To Know About Radon Testing

If you are buying OR selling a home, the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) says you should have it tested for radon. 

Radon Is a cancer‑causing, radioactive gas you cannot see, smell, or taste, but it still may be a problem in your home. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.

I’m Selling A Home.  What Should I Do?

If you are thinking of selling your home and you have already tested your home for radon, review the Radon Testing Checklist to make sure that the test was done correctly. If so, provide your test results to the buyer.

No matter what kind of test was done, a potential buyer may ask for a new test if your state or local government requires disclosure of radon information to buyers.

If your home has not yet been tested for Radon, have a test taken as soon as possible. If you can, test your home before putting it on the market. You should test in the lowest level that you currently live in or a lower level not currently used, but which a buyer might use as a family room or play area, etc.

I’m Buying A Home.  What Should I Do?

If you are thinking of buying a home, you may decide to accept an earlier test result from the seller or ask the seller for a new test to be conducted by a qualified radon tester. Before you accept the seller’s test, you should determine the results of previous testing; who conducted the previous test: the homeowner, a radon professional, or some other person; where in the home the previous test was taken, especially if you may plan to live in a lower level of the home; and what, if any, structural changes, alterations, or changes in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system have been made to the house since the test was done.

If you accept the seller’s test, make sure that the test followed the Radon Testing Checklist. If you decide that a new test is needed, discuss it with the seller as soon as possible. 

If the home has not yet been tested for radon, make sure that a radon test is done as soon as possible. Consider including provisions in the contract specifying:  Where the test will be located, who should conduct the test, what type of test to do, when to do the test, how the seller and buyer will share the test results and test cost (if necessary) and when radon mitigation measures will be taken and who will pay for them.

To view a complete FREE copy of Home Buyer’s and Seller’s Guide to Radon visit: https://www.epa.gov/sites/default/files/2015-05/documents/hmbuygud.pdf

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