Blog :: 06-2018

Quick Tip! Get a (Cheap and Easy) Radon Test

If you're selling your house, here's a way to help maintain some sanity: Get a radon test done.

Most buyers are doing the testing as part of their property inspection due diligence. But you can make things WAY easier for yourself by doing it first.

The biggest issue is that the test that a buyer does requires doors and windows to be kept closed for 3-5 days (except normal comings and goings). That's fine in January. But in the summer? Ugh.

So what happens is that inspection time frames get pushed out to wait for an out of town trip or for a cold spell. Closing dates get pushed out, negotiations get stalled, and people get stressed. Who has time for all of that?

But wait! at Green Light Real Estate we always try to make things as smooth and easy and stress free!

You can get a radon test kit from the state and do your own test. It takes a few days, and you don't have to keep the windows closed. You can do it right now, before you have an offer. The state offers three different tests, with different testing periods, and at different costs. At the time of this writing, the 2-7 day test was $50, and the longer term tests were $25. Pretty cheap. Here's a link to the order form from the state. Radon is about halfway down the form.

Besides preventing your family from melting in the summer heat, getting the radon test before an offer will give you more information for negotiating. If you know your house has high radon, then plan on a mitigation system being part of the negotiation, Those start around $1600, and go up from there depending on the circumstances. Getting that curveball at the end of negotiation is no fun. (But don't worry, if you need to mitigate, just call or email and we can hook you up with a couple contractors who get the job done at a fair price.)

And if we can show the buyer that your house has been tested and it's clean, then, that's even better!

Seriously, if there's anything that can be done to make the selling (and buying) process easier, more transparent, more predictable, or just plain better, at Green Light Real Estate, we want to do it. Call, text, or email for more info.

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