Every single real estate agent should advise a buyer to have a radon test conducted on their property because radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. The test should be conducted by a local professional, and the approximate cost is $125. Radon is a colorless, odorless gas produced by decaying uranium, and it is naturally found in the environment; and unfortunately, it is a silent killer. There are areas with no radon issues and others with high levels of radon, and there is no way of knowing unless you test. Keep in mind that radon levels can change over the years, and just as one might do a periodic water test, the same can be said for radon gas. It can enter your home from the soil through pores in concrete or gaps in walls and floors.
To test for radon, a small puck-like device is put in your home for 2-7 days and most are charcoal-based or use electret ion methodology. If radon is detected and found to be “above normal”, radon mitigation is rather straight forward and a fairly “easy fix”. The cost for radon mediation is approximately $1,000-$2,000, depending on the location of the fan and tube/system used to mitigate. The US EPA has set a radon action level of 4 pCi/L. If a measurement is found to be at or above this level of radon, the EPA recommends the homeowner take corrective measures to reduce the exposure to radon gas.
As an agent, I would not let a higher radon level deter a buyer from purchasing as long as they understood the mitigation process and were comfortable with it. Also, if a home were to test above the 4 pCi/L limit, and the homeowner or seller chose not to mitigate, and a buyer walked away from the purchase, the listing agent would now need to disclose this as “material fact” for any future buyer; this is the requirement in North Carolina. Most sellers will work with a buyer to resolve a radon issue, and if they choose not to, a future buyer will want it corrected.
Call Team Anderson Realty at 919-610-5126 with any further questions or concerns regarding radon issues. We have worked with both sellers and buyers that have dealt with this in the past, and we are more than happy to ease your fears and educate you in this area.