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Should you buy the house that has radon?

The house we are intesting in has tested for radon and fixed.    The price is good and it has been in the market for 2 years but no buyer.  Do people afraid to buy this house because of radon?

  • June 26 2008 - US
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Radon is everywhere....all homes have some level of radon.   It's a pretty simply and inexpensive fix.

  • June 26 2008
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its been fixed already? say 10,000 off the price to have the walls painted with killz would make you feel better about the transaction and then run away laughing and push your agent into the bushes

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There are some communities were >90% of the houses have radon or radon remediation.  If you wish to buy in those communities, you have the house tested to confirm that it meets the standards and move forward.

 

If you are unwilling to buy with a community with radon,  you might have to expand your search 1000 miles or more (and this is just a fact of the US, not a snide comment)

 

 

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No, people are not afraid of buying a home that has high radon levels because it can be easily remedied.

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I just bought a house that tested positive for Radon.  Seller reduced price to cover the cost of remediation.  The remediation is in process right now. 

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I just bought a house that tested positive for high levels of radon.  They installed the remediation.  I'm not worried because we're not sleeping in the basement.  Does your basement have bedrooms? 

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You shouldn't worry even if you have bedrooms in the basement although my point is that maybe the next owner might.

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What is radon?
Radon is a radioactive gas. It is colorless, odorless, tasteless, and chemically inert. Unless you test for it, there is no way of telling how much is present.

Radon is formed by the natural radioactive decay of uranium in rock, soil, and water. Naturally existing, low levels of uranium occur widely in Earth's crust. It can be found in all 50 states. Once produced, radon moves through the ground to the air above. Some remains below the surface and dissolves in water that collects and flows under the ground's surface.

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We bought a house last October in South Central PA that had a "passive radon" system in it. Our agent (IDIOT) recommended that we not make a radon test contingency on our offer. During the inspection, our inspector pointed out that the radon system was not properly sealed and did not have a fan in it..Well it was too late to ask for anything from the sellers so we waited until after settlement for the radon test (tested out 15) and had to fork out $1,100.00 for the radon system to be corrected.  

 

Long short, all houses have some level of radon. Have the test done and if necessary have seller pay to have it corrected. I also sent our agent an email letting her know that she shouldnt advise her buyers on matters that she has no knowledge of.

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this is an interesting and informative site.

 

radon

 

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Radon cannot be mitigated by KILLZ. It has to be dispersed outside (pumped from the basement).

 

Radon is a radioactive gas (and is a leading cause of lung cancer). It is safe so long as the mediation preocess reduces it to below 2 pCi/L (picocuries per liter).

 

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