Are you preparing to purchase or sell a home? You should know that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends radon testing services for home inspections in Des Moines, IA prior to all real estate transactions, encouraging sellers or buyers to have two short-term tests. These tests should be performed in the lowest level of the home suitable for occupancy.
Here’s a quick overview of what you should know.
For home buyers
Home buyers should ask about the indoor radon levels in any home they consider buying, and ask the seller for any radon test results they have. If there is already a radon reduction system installed in the home, you should ask the seller for any information they have on file about the system, including where and when the test was performed, who did the testing and if there have been any structural alterations or changes to the HVAC system since the test was performed, as these changes could potentially affect radon levels in the home.
If the home was not tested, you should request that a test be done before purchasing. And for new home construction, you should ask the contractors to incorporate features into the home that will reduce the dangers of radon, including proper ventilation. You should also get information about where the test will be located, who will be conducting the test, the kind of test that will be performed, when the test will be performed, who will be paying for the testing and any radon mitigation measures and how the seller will share the results of the test with you.
If you’re selling your home, you should perform radon tests before you put the home on the market, and take any necessary steps to lower the levels of radon in your home before the sale. Be sure to save copies of all test results, as well as documentation about steps you took to remediate any radon problems discovered during the testing. This information will be useful for any potential buyers.
If you’ve already tested the home for radon, you should make sure the test was done correctly, and then provide the test results to the buyer. Make sure the test was performed recently (within the last two years), and that it was done in the current configuration of your home (i.e. you did not perform any remodeling work since the testing was done). Generally speaking, these tests will be conducted in the basement. Otherwise, if you have not yet had the test done, be sure to do so as soon as possible before you put the home on the market, and follow all EPA radon testing guidelines. Make sure you work with a qualified contractor to get this testing done.
If you’re interested in learning more about the importance of radon testing services for home inspections in Des Moines, IA, we encourage you to reach out to Sir Build-a-Lot today with any questions you have about these services. We’ll be happy to help!