Asked by Pat, Edison, NJ • Mon Jun 2, 2008
We like an old house in Berkeley Heights. It has a radon remediation device (pipe from basement to roof, pump near kitchen). It may have other mitigation. The owners chose not to disclose the radon results in their discloure, as is their right in NJ. Our realtor told them that this was the only thing preventing us from making an offer. But the owners replied that they cannot find the radon test results and the company that did the testing has destroyed the results after 5 years. They bought the house 6 years ago. They didn't mention if they have their inspection report.
We got no reply to our request for the radon history of the house, i.e. a ballpark estimate of any results (e.g. less than 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 8, 8 to 16 or over 16).
They will allow us perform the test before making the offer at our expense. We like the house, otherwise we'd not be asking this question. Should we ask them to pay for the test - after all they've lost the paperwork. Any ideas?
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