Even if you don't fully understand it you can get a free radon test if you are a resident of Illinois.
Radon and radon tests are the source of plenty of questions and concerns in the home buying and selling process and most times for good reason. As of January 1, 2008 we've been required to have clients read and sign off on radon disclosures for home sales. This new disclosure was a bit confusing for everyone involved at first but it has become second nature for most Realtors. The only thing lacking was a good (translation: easy to read and understand) resource on what Radon is and what you are recommended to do about it. Enter IEMA (to confuse and sometimes frighten people) and The University of Illinois (too educate and inform).
The Illinois government's official site on radon provides detailed information on what radon is and their advice on how to handle it. NEWSFLASH!.... you will find radon just about everywhere, the concern is how high the level is. IEMA does recommend that you test for radon in a real estate transaction so you are aware of your risks.
The University of Illinois Extension radon website provides their version of this information, (along with helpful and nice pictures). Although you will find Radon everywhere you want your test results to be below 4 pCic/L (picocuries per liter).
Both sites provide info on radon, radon testing and radon mitigation but the UofI site does a better job of explaining. According to the site, the typically cost for radon mitigation is between $800 to $1200 dollars. In my personal experience the cost to mitigate high radon levels in Champaign and Urbana Illinois is near the top end of this range. Hopefully, as radon testing and mitigation becomes more common we will see the price drop as more 'mitigators' enter the field.
Unsure of who to hire to perform your radon test? Check this list of Champaign County home inspectors for a few quality providers.
Questions on whether you should have your home tested or how this could impact the sale or purchase of your home? Drop me a note at Mark@ChampaignExperts.com or visit www.ChampaignExperts.com for more info on the home buying process.
Mark Waldhoff -- ChampaignExperts.com
Keller Williams Realty - The Real Estate Center of Illinois