You did it. The sellers agreed to your offer. You have a signed contract. Now, your real estate agent says you need a home inspection, but what about a radon test?
While radon testing is optional, I highly recommend this valuable analysis for two reasons.
First, radon is a toxic gas with potentially adverse health consequences. Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer among non-smokers, according to EPA estimates. Overall, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer. (https://www.epa.gov/radon/health-risk-radon).
Additionally, our area carries some of the greatest potential in Virginia for indoor radon levels. This link contains a brochure from the Virginia Department of Health and outlines the radon zones in Virginia based on EPA data. http://www.vdh.virginia.gov/content/uploads/sites/7/2016/01/Radon-Facts-for-Virginians.pdf.
While buying a new home involves many decisions, opting for a radon test is an easy decision. Knowing those levels may be something you want to negotiate with the seller before you sign the final papers. Knowing those levels can also keep you and your family safer.
- Randy Hansen, owner and president, is a Virginia licensed home inspector and has been a licensed contractor for over 15 years. Owning Cornerstone Construction of Augusta since 2005, Randy has countless hours of experience in supervising and managing home remodeling, building, and estimating. He’s worked closely with homeowners, realtors, and investors throughout his career.