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K Shaffer, Home Buyer in Silver Spring, MD

Ok ... one more, if the radon level isn't high enough for EPA action but is high enough to worry us ...

Asked by K Shaffer, Silver Spring, MD Fri Jul 4, 2008

can we ask the seller to put in the abatement system?

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You can always ask? I feel the same way. Radon is a poisonous gas!

If Asprin were up for approval today the FDA would not approve it. The govt. tries but makes mistakes.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 22, 2008
It always depends on what you put in writing in your contract of sale. EPA action level is 4.0 pCi/L or more and if the level is less than that the contingency for radon is usually deemed to be satisfied. However, the buyer has the option of inserting a level they deem is appropiate for them even if lower than EPA mandate. They also have the option of wether they can declare the contracat null and void or to ask the seller to take remedial action if that level is higher than what they deem is appropiate. So read your contract first and find out what you agreed to. Also, if you have a buyer's agent representing you, talk to him/her about this issue. If it is that important to you, you should have made it known to your agent when writing up the contract of sale so he/she could have put in those contingencies to protect you. You cannot change your agreement after-the-fact with the seller unless the seller now also agrees to the change. It doesn't hurt to ask. Good Luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 4, 2008
As Marie says, you can ask for anything. Also consider installing one yourself after the deal is closed. An abatement system are usually relatively inexpensive (essentially pipes and a fan...), and your request may result in the seller rejecting your offer. I've attached a reference about reduction systems. Best of luck!
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 4, 2008
I agree with the other answers. Contact a local realtor who can assist with these questions. Good luck http://www.lynn911.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jul 4, 2008
You can ask for anything you want. All the other party can do is accept or reject.
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