house. (2 levels) upstairs has one bedroom, 1 full bath, and bonus room. If radon needs
to be checked who would be reliable to check for radon? Thank you.
Margaret Moore, CRS, SFR
Triangle Coast Realty
Radon is right after 2nd hand smoke as a cause of lung cancer. Especially if you plan to convert to living space and it becomes a bachelor pad for a teenager. In IL it is typical for buyer paying for test and if higher than 4 pc, the seller pays, to have a system installed and a retest after the work is completed. Test runs a couple hundred, remediation is $1200. Figure that once the seller knows they have elevated radon they should disclose it and the next buyer will run into the same concern. If a short sale youre paying for the system, or maybe go 50/50 if the seller is obstinate and you really want the house.
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Most basements in this area are walk out where you can open a door of some kind. Do you have one of these where you can circulate fresh air or do you have the rare type where the basement was actually dug? In either case, I would have the test done, but again, you may be able to remedy any radon easier with a walk out basement .
The short answer is yes, you should do the test. Radon is prevalent in North Raleigh and is more likely in a basement home. I recommend radon tests to all my buyer clients. In almost 17 years, I've never had a "bad" radon test but I do know plenty of agents who have and I'd rather be safe than sorry. I, personally, would never buy a home without having a radon test.
Hope that helps. If there is anything further I can do to help, please let me know.
Karen Johnson, GRI, CRS, SRES, CDPE, SFR
Having a home tested every few years is not a problem and a good idea.
Keeping air moving throughout a home, crawl space or basement helps more than people realize.
Sealed up homes or may lead to problems.
I always recommend a radon test when buying or selling a home. If you are concerned it's better to be safe than sorry. Hope this helps.
I also have a basement and live outsideand Rolesville
NC. They send a kit every two.years.
Or just buy one. Keeping air moving through your basement is important
Usually Radon is more common in a hilly or mountainous area. However if you have a finished basement then yes I would recommend a radon test. 4.0 pc is the government allowable level. To show you that the closer you are to the coast the less and less radon is evident is shown on the EPA map. If you follow the link it will show you the EPA map for radon areas: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pdfs/zonemapcolor.pdf
Hope this helps,
Regardless of whether or not radon is a big problem in a certain area is of less importance when buying a home and having all of the recommended inspections done before the closing....you never know!
Play it safe....
So, you may have an elevated reading while your neighbor may test out low.
And, it is more common in basement homes.
If you are uneasy about it, have it tested. The test is not terribly expensive, $100--$150.