Radon Result Came Back High - Now What?

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My house has high level of radon! Now what?

If you are the Seller, chances are the Buyer is going to want YOU to take care of the problem. Not to panic, there are companies that can help. There are professional companies that specialize in the installation of radon remediation systems. They are not outrageously expensive and are much better than the alternative of refusing to address the problem. Refusing to fix the problem could result in losing the Buyer which means you would have to put the property back on the market. If the property goes back on the market, as the Seller, you are required to DISCLOSE that radon was found and provide the results if asked.

red flag

Refuse to fix the problem,
 and your house will be back on the market (BOM)....
which may raise a "red" flag to potential buyers.


Now that the shock has subsided, this is where you need to keep your emotions in check and not let them get the better part of you. I know you might be thinking that you have already agreed to sell at a certain price, and this is an unforeseen "out of pocket" expense. Understood! However, give this serious thought before you refuse to fix the problem. It might cost you more in the long run if you do not work something out with the Buyer. Which means the following bears repeating....


red flag

Refuse to fix the problem,
 and your house will be back on the market (BOM)....
which may raise a "red" flag to potential buyers.

 


When buying or selling real estate there are "inconveniences" that may or may not come up in the home, radon, or pest inspection process. If you are a Seller and are pro-active, consider having some of these tests completed in advance so you can address problems ahead of time. At a minimum, you need to be aware that a Buyer may request that those items that show up on the "need to be repaired" side of the home inspection report either be repaired, or they may ask for a price adjustment.

Take a deep breath, and put yourself in the shoes of the opposite party. I know it is not always easy to do, but please humor me for a moment. Ask yourself, what would you want or ask for in repairs and/or monetary compensation if YOU were the Buyer? Hmmm... I thought you might feel differently.

Psst..... while you are in the pro-active mode, make sure you take care of any touch-ups such as painting and de-cluttering. The cost could be minimal but the rewards will be measurable ($ $ $). A house that is well maintained and presented in its best form will have a much better chance of standing out amongst the competition. Your first impression, might be your ONLY opportunity to capture the attention of the right Buyer. Make it a good one!

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Liz Loadholt
Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC - Mount Pleasant, SC
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Judy --- you are right on with your advice here in your post --- luckily, we don't have radon issues here in SC, but the same applies with anything.

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Aug 29, 2009 03:29 PM #1
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Richard Weisser
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Judy...

One the "cat is out of the bag" it's time to take steps to eliniate the problem. Goood advice.

Aug 29, 2009 04:11 PM #2
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Judy Jennings
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Pinehills Specialist

Thank Liz - You never really know, but there are usually tell tale signs that it might be good idea to have a radon test. For example, ledge and large boulders in the area can be warning signs. Radon is odorless and can be very dangerous to your health. Best to be safe - the tests are very inexpensive.

Aug 29, 2009 05:05 PM #3
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Judy Jennings
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Richard - Absolutely. I linked to a few pages on the EPA website where consumers can find a wealth of information about Radon. I also found an EPA Map of Radon Zones on their website.

Aug 29, 2009 05:26 PM #4
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In Waukesha County, Wisconsin we have plenty of hot zones with higher-than-acceptable radon readings. Around here, the typical radon remediation project costs under $1,000. Not too bad if it means keeping the sale moving forward.

Aug 29, 2009 07:29 PM #5
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Andrea Swiedler
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties - New Milford, CT
Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT

Judy, one year here I was the radon queen. Didn't matter if I represented the buyer or the seller, there was radon. Radon and coliform bacteria. I am not kidding, every single home had a radon and coliform issue. For the most part I was lucky, everyone did what they were supposed to do. Only a small squabble or 2. And boy was I glad the radon was only in the air.

And I agree, get a radon test and water tests.Like Pat, we are in a hot zone here. Just do it.

Great post!

Aug 29, 2009 08:47 PM #6
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Judy Jennings
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Pat - It is not that expensive here either. It is well worth taking care of the problem vs. losing the Buyer and having to start all over again.

Aug 31, 2009 08:29 AM #7
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Judy Jennings
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Andrea - Strange how it seems like things happen in bunches. It was radon and coloriform for you one year, now I see all things GREEN happening for you this year. ;-)

Aug 31, 2009 08:32 AM #8
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Your advise is very good. We don't appear to have much of a problem here in N.C. with radon.  I have only had a few homes with a radon problem over the last several years.

 

 

Betty

Nov 01, 2009 10:58 AM #9
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Linda Metallo DiBenardo
Re/max Impact, Lockport, Illinois - Lockport, IL

This is good advice Judy.  I just closed Friday on a home where the seller did put in a radon mitigation system.  The systems are installed within a day.  All buyers do not do a radon test as part of the home inspection but I would strongly recommend one to any of my buyer clients. 

Linda Metallo, Re/max Impact, Lockport, Il. ( Chicago) 

 

Nov 01, 2009 11:04 AM #10
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The Radon map was helpful.  I see that we have a low potential for radon in the Seattle area.

Nov 01, 2009 11:04 AM #11
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Betty - Thanks. Our area tends to be in a moderate zone so it is a good idea to have the test done with the home inspection.

Linda - The same thing inspired my post. I represented the Buyer, but the listing agent was very cooperative and advised her clients to do the right thing. The system was installed and the property closed on schedule.

Theodora - When I first viewed the radon map, I was quite surprised to see the potential in my area.

Nov 01, 2009 11:31 AM #12
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Claudette Millette
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Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass

Judy:

When I bought my house I had the highest radon level I had ever seen.  It was 18. I had the seller install a mitigation system and all has been fine since.  (They work!)

 

Nov 01, 2009 04:13 PM #13
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Judy Jennings
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Claudette - Wow, I have never heard of a level 18 either. Thank goodness you had it tested, otherwise you would have been exposed to extremely dangerous levels of radon exposure.

Nov 01, 2009 05:43 PM #14
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