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Annamaria, Home Buyer in New Jersey

Who typically pays for radon remediation (seller or buyer)?

Asked by Annamaria, New Jersey Sat Jun 20, 2009

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Annamaria: As in the case with all inspections, you have a contract which states what your rights are. USUALLY, the contract states that you can request remediation of any inspection items. The seller USUALLY has the right to repair or to deny repairs. If the seller denies, you usually have the right to terminate the contract.

The answer then, is that this is usually a negotiable item. Sellers most often will fix things but circumstances are unique. You'll have to see how willing the seller is to have the work done at his or her expense.

Nothing is written in stone.

By the way, this is a question that your Realtor should easily answer, if you have one and a good example of why you should.

Bill Holt
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 22, 2009
In most cases, the seller pays for the remediation. However, as with most dealings in a contract, it can be negotiated to get the deal to close.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 21, 2009
Annamaria, you - as buyer - pay for the radon test, which is generally a part of an overall home inspection. If the level is above the standard and remediation is recommended, then the request for remediation at the seller's expense is considered an appropriate request to the seller.

Incidentally, I tell my buyers that I consider it a good thing for the radon to test high - because then a remediation system can be installed and tested and you can have the peace of mind of knowing that you do not have a radon problem. Remember that you can't see it, or smell it, and its level changes - so you may test as within guidelines and down the road have a high reading - if the remediation system is in place and working well, you can rest easy.

Radon is a fact of life in most parts of NJ.

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 20, 2009
Usually it would be the seller, unless other arrangements are made
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