Real Estate Term Tuesday: Radon

Real Estate Term Tuesday: RADON

If you are buying or selling a home in Wisconsin, you will undoubtedly come across the term "Radon" at least once.

As Jennifer Lindsley explains in the Real Estate Sales Course Book, "Radon is an odorless radioactive gas that can enter a home through cracks in a foundation or drains in the floor." Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, right behind smoking so this is a gas that buyers and sellers need to take seriously! When writing an offer for a home, many agents will include a radon test in addition to the standard home inspection. If the radon levels are 4 pCi/L or higher, it needs to be addressed. The good news is, there is a way to mitigate this issue- a Radon mitigation system! Radon mitigation systems can be installed in nearly every home and essentially use a fan to suck the contaminated air out of the house. It is a one time fix and once a mitigation system is installed, you are good to go! Radon mitigation systems usually run between $800-$1,200 so they are an investment but vital to the health and safety of those living in your home.

If you are buying a home, make sure that your offer to purchase includes a radon inspection. If you have already purchased a home and are unsure what the levels are, call a professional to test the air in your home!

Learn more by reading the EPA's Consumer's Guide to Radon Reduction

See you next Tuesday!

Lizzy Parker 608-422-2824

Spencer Schumacher 608-358-7622 

 

 

Lindsley, Jennifer. Real Estate Sales Pre-License On Demand Course Book. Madison: Wisconsin Realtors Association, 2015. Print.