There's been a lot of discussion over the past year regarding granite countertops and some recent studies which claim that small amounts of radon gas are showing up at higher than normal levels in kitchens.
Are you the least bit concerned about it personally (in your own home) and more importantly, do you advise your buyers of this *potential* hazard? How about sellers, would you consider suggesting to them to have the kitchen tested for radon levels BEFORE listing the home so they could take steps to mitigate it if needed? It would seem to me that spending $150 on a test (which you hope comes back favorably) and placing a copy of the report on the counyter would help put buyers at ease. Sure, a buyer could have the test done as part of the inspection, but why not take a pro-active approach? The fact that a possibility for high radon levels in kitchens with granite may exist, makes me wonder if we have any obligation (ethical or legal) to have this discussion with our clients. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
The only way to know if radon levels from your granite countertops or your home in general are at safe levels is to test for them. For more info on radon gas, check out the EPA website.
Anthony Rael & Assoc.
Metro Brokers Arvada-Northwest
12191 West 64th Ave, #210
Arvada, CO 80004
Anthony Rael is a Denver Real Estate Agent specializing in relocation, first-time buyers, home property values, residential home sales, Denver Colorado Real Estate & MLS/IDX Listings, single family homes, condos, lofts, short-sale, foreclosed, bank-owned & investment properties. Providing professional & trustworthy real estate services to buyers & sellers throughout the Denver metro area including Arvada, Brighton, Broomfield, Denver, Golden, Highland/Sloan's Lake, Highlands Ranch, Lakewood, Louisville, Longmont, Thornton, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Adams County, Denver County, Douglas County & Jefferson County in Colorado.