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What is the process of testing a home for radon?

There is a lot to think about when searching for and buying a new home. Along with negotiating the best possible deal, you must make sure you are getting what you expect. This means answering the following question: Does the home have radon?

Radon is a dangerous gas that you don't want to live with for an extended period of time. This is why you want to have a home inspected for radon before signing on the dotted line.

If you find that the home has an elevated level, it is not time to leave the deal in the past. You have the right to do so, but there is a solution to your problem. Here are the steps to take:

-- Determine if the home has radon by a hiring a measurement professional.

-- Ask the seller to repair the issue if the result is 4.0 pCi/L or higher.

-- Learn more about the many types of radon mitigation systems.

If the seller is not willing to pay to have a system installed, you have two options: Walk away from the deal or pay for it yourself. What you do depends on how much you want the home and whether you have the money to pay for the fix yourself.

You should never take the seller's word if you are told the home does not have radon. This is good to hear, but it doesn't mean you should avoid testing.

In the event that a seller tried to hide a positive radon test, you need to learn more about the type of action you can take against him or her.

Source: Integrity Home Inspection & Testing, LLC, "FAQ's about radon," accessed Dec. 10, 2015

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