Home owners: Did you get a radon inspection

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Congrats for getting your offer accepted!  We didn’t do a radon inspection, but that was because the previous owners did it within the last year.  The last owner’s husband died of lung cancer, and they did radon testing just to be sure the house wasn’t a factor.  The results were fine and we just did the regular inspection.  Check with the owners to see if they have done one recently.  Personally, I think you’re better off paying the $150 now for peace of mind than being in a situation where you have to pay for more expensive repairs after closing.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

@QueenOfSerendip:  DEFINITELY get the inspection! If you go to sell the house in 10 years (or 30, or 50) and the buyer discovers you DO have a radon problem, then the cost shifts to you!

So get it out of the way now.

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

ABSOLUTELY do one!! We bought a model home that was built in 2012 – thus, we were the first owners. We thought there would be no way that radon would be detected, but we went ahead and did the test when they did the inspection.  Glad we did! Our levels were high, so we asked to seller (the builder) to take care of if and he did. $150 is nothing in the grand scheme of things when it gives you peace of mind. Congratulations on your offer being accepted!!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Yep we did one. Thankfully ours was fine, but a gal I work with had extremely high levels and didn’t even know it – and she was pregnant at the time.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

we had one done and we had no levels detected. The house across the street from us had high levels of Radon dected though. I would do it just to be safe

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Yes, we did. 

I know $150 seems like a lot of money, but its nothing for your peace of mind that you are safe in your new home. I would rather pay 150 than wonder if I ever got sick with something if I could have prevented it with a small cost.

And from my understanding, its not whether Radon is harmful or not, but the level of Radon. IE natural levels vs elevated levels.  Either way, if it were my house I would rather have low to no levels just in case.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Absolutely!  If you don’t do it and try to sell the house later, you will incur the cost of $800 to fix it if there is high levels of radon in it.

I’ve bought 3 houses in the last 12 years and have always gotten the radon test.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We did not get one done on our house. Typically, only homes that have a basement need to have a radon test done. But, I also agree that most sellers typically conduct a radon test of their own before putting the house on the market. You can always ask the sellers to cover the cost of the test. Since we bought a foreclosure, the bank would not pay for that test for us, and since we do not have a basement, we opted out of that test. If you have the money, and it will give you peace of mind, then go for it. This website may also help you decide: http://www.epa.gov/radon/zonemap.html 

Also, I lived in the basement of my home growing up for 8+ years. This was before anyone new of Radon or tested for it. Radon testing is fairly new in my area within the past few years. When my dad sold the house, they found elecated levels of Radon in the house. I am healthy now, and at this point in time have no side effects of living in a home with radon. I havent lived in that house in 10 years.

 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

You definitely should.  We didn’t, mostly because the highest concentrations of radon are usually found in basements, and our house is a single story.  Your hubby’s theory about the lack of evidence is not correct – radon is definitely harmful. 

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I thought the proper testing for Radon takes a long period of time, like weeks (or even more than a month)?  How do you get it inspected within the time frame to remove conditions?

We didn’t.  I might want to get it done eventually just so we know for ourselves.  I believe it’s also supposed to be done in winter?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@AB Bride:  Radon testing only takes 24 or 48 hours of monitoring in your house for the testing.

 

I had it done in my house. It was an old house, so I wanted to do it, especially since I have children.

 

 

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@rickhurst35:  Is it accurate when it’s for that short of a time frame?

I think the winter thing I heard is because windows, etc. aren’t supposed to be open.  Winter or if you’re going on a very long vacation.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Health Canada’s recommendation is to test for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of a year.

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