Radon and Real Estate

Prior to a recent home inspection, a 1st time homebuyer and I discussed radon and the possibility of testing for radon along with the home inspection. So what is radon? According to the EPA, radon is a colorless, odorless gas that causes cancer. The EPA produced a great publication “ A Citizen’s Guide to Radon” with lots of information. Take some time to explore the publication. It answers questions like: “How does radon get into your home?” and addresses topics like “Radon Myths” . For home buyers and sellers the “Radon in Real Estate” section provides lots of great information. Check out the EPA site and other sources of information so you can make an informed decision on radon and radon testing when you buy or build a home. In the past I’ve had some clients who didn’t want to get the radon test (save on the cost or didn’t think radon was a concern).  Lately I’ve been advising purchasers to go ahead and get the radon test. If the test shows an unacceptable level of radon, ask the seller to mitigate and lower the level (there is some radon everywhere from what I read). If the test shows an acceptable level of radon, great (keep the report to share with potential buyers should you decided to sell in the future). That way you have taken care of the possible challenge while someone else owns the house. RE/MAX Assured Properties (my company) makes available a home inspection addendum for purchase contracts providing for radon testing and covers options depending on levels of radon found.

For new construction Karen and I found it very easy to install pipes under the basement concrete slab with a vent pipe out the roof when we built our current home in 2002.  The electrician wired an outlet near the vent pipe so a pump could be added later if needed. The piping didn’t add but a couple of hundred dollars to the construction cost while providing peace of mind. Also, the venting was done in a tasteful manner hidden inside the walls. Consider adding radon mitigation to your next new construction project. We had our home tested several months after moving in founding the radon level to be acceptable so there was no need to install the pump.

Recently I heard a national radio talk show discuss high radon levels from granite counter tops. I decided to do some research and found the EPA also had information on granite counter tops and radon. Pretty cool.  You hear lots of comments on many topics so it’s always good to varify the information.

If you have more info on radon and real estate or some other sites to share, please add as comments to this post. Thanks! If you have questions or are ready to buy a home, farm or land, I am here to help, so let’s talk!

About James Friend Dickerson

Real Estate Consultant As a native of Central Virginia and a full time REALTOR since 1991, James listens to your needs to provide information allowing you to make informed choices. In our constantly changing world, you need a REALTOR who puts you first providing rigidly flexible service. James Dickerson provides a high level of service designed to fit each individual clients needs. Having received many awards from both the local Association of REALTORS and RE/MAX International, James is recognized as an authority on the local real estate market. The highest form of recognition James receives continues to be the many repeat clients who seek out his services time after time plus sending their relatives, friends, co-workers and neighbors to James for their real estate needs. Contact James today for an interview to discuss your real estate needs. James is a licensed real estate sales person in the Commonwealth of Virginia with Charlottesville Solutions. Personal As a Central Virginia native (Born in Charlottesville and raised in Albemarle and Louisa Counties), James' youth was filled with extra-curricular activities and organizations centered around school, church and the Boy Scouts of America. A graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management, James' non-real estate activities include spending time with family & friends, traveling, stalking deer & spring gobblers, fly fishing, church and Masonic activities. James and his lovely bride Karen live between Zion Crossroads and Gordonsville in the Green Springs area of Louisa County. Their dog Sammy passed away so they'll be adopting another dog soon through www.petfinders.com.
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