Question about a listing.

Looking to buy a multi-family property and the last sentence of the listing is "Seller will not participate in Radon Mitigation."

Would this mean that they have already found radon in the place and refuse to pay to do anything about it? Or that if there is radon found they won't pay for it? I don't understand why they'd include that in the listing if they hadn't had a problem. Also, I went to look at the home, spoke with the realtor and he didn't mention anything. Are they required to do so? Would it be out of line to ask to preform my own test?

  • June 03 2014 - Ames
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In the central Iowa area adding "Radon testing and mitigation is at buyers expense" to a listing is becoming common practice. It does not necessarily mean anyone has knowledge of Radon - they are just trying to remove your ability to renegotiate the offer IF Radon is found. Personally I do not agree with this being part of the listing, but each to their own. Radon is a naturally occurring gas and very common in Iowa. It is believed to cause lung cancer - see this link http://www.idph.state.ia.us/Radon/

You should have the right to have a Radon test as part of your home inspection. It often costs $100 to test and approx $1300 to mitigate if Radon is found. The Sellers Disclosure of Property Condition form often has a question about Radon - ask your real estate professional to get you a copy. 

My answer is based on 12 years experience in the Des Moines area - Other markets might have slightly different practices.
  • June 04 2014
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This is something your realtor should be asking on your behalf. Do not go through the listing agent you need to find a buyers agent. :)
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First if your agent or the agent representing the seller knows of existing conditions or suspects Radon in the home then they have to disclose to you.  

Second, because Radon is naturally occurring and can be found essentially everywhere it is prudent and your right to conduct a Radon test.  You should know if there are elevated levels to calculate risks from exposure. 

For information on Radon levels and qualified licensees or test-kits, please click EPA
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RADON is a naturally occurring hazard. Always inspect for it. I bought a house with RADON coming from a Sump Pump in the basement that was not covered. We put a cover on and then re-inspection showed all was well

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