High Radon Levels Are A Serious Issue

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

I just wrote an article over at RaleighRealEstateTalk.com about the issue of radon in residential real estate.  Personally, I insist that every one of my buyer clients have a continuous monitor radon test done.  Even though high radon levels can cause death, sometimes it still takes some convincing.  It doesn't help that most of the builder contracts for new construction still do not address radon testing and the responsibility for remediation.

It's a simple $140 test for your buyers to know if they will be exposed to high levels of a deadly gas.  Seems like an easy choice to me.  Do the test, always.   Still, not everyone involved in the home selling process is quite as insistent about buyers' having a test done.

It's tough sometimes telling my buyers that they must have the $140 test done when I'm the only one that seems to think it's a big deal.  The good news is I can sleep much better at night knowing that my clients have done everything they can to protect the health of their families.

Read more about radon issues here. 

Comments (3)

Gabriele Campbell
D F Campbell Ventures Group Inc. - Saint Albert, AB
Who knew? Is radon specific to a certain geographical area? I have never heard of this risk in my area (Alberta). Working with an agent so knowledgeable about the area sure paid off for those buyers - well done! I'll bet they were grateful.
Apr 10, 2008 01:38 AM
Steve Hoffacker
Steve Hoffacker LLC - West Palm Beach, FL
Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor
Radon is a naturally occurring gas. It has only become an issue in recent years as homes are being built more air tight. If the home is well venilated (as in allows air to infiltrate) or the windows are open a considerable portion of the year, it shouldn't be an issue.
Apr 10, 2008 01:53 AM
Bob Fortner
Keller Williams Realty - Raleigh, NC
Raleigh Real Estate

@ Gabriele - I think the frequency of instances of high radon levels does vary by region.  I've heard for instance that it is very common in the New England states.  At the same time, based on what I've read about the subject, it doesn't appear any area is completely immune.  For me, here in the Raleigh NC area, about 1 in 25 homes I sell will have high levels.  The only way to know if you're the one is to do the test.

@ Steve - I agree that it seems the newer construction would be more susceptible.   The only caution I would add is that I have had a home build in 1977 test for high levels.  It is probably some combination of how much radon is entering and how air tight the building is.  Since there is no way I can be certain, I just recommend the $140 test to everyone.

Apr 10, 2008 02:17 AM