A home inspection is necessary whenever you are buying, selling or living in a home. But then why radon testing becomes an essential part of the picture?
Let’s first consider from the perspective of home seller’s point of view. If an inspector or other qualified and experienced professional has tested your home for the presence of radon already, the buyer wants the assurance the whether the testing was done properly or not. They may enquire that the testing be redone if some certain conditions are not met. For example, the questions can be asked are-
- Did the testing satisfy all the needs of the EPA radon checklist or the protocols of your state?
- Was the testing done within past few years?
- Since the testing was done,have you made any kind of redecorations on your home?
- Does your prospective buyer want to live in a basement or level lower than where testing was done?
They may also ask you for a retest if local government or the authority demands the acknowledgements of radon information to the prospective buyers and that confession hasn’t been made.
If you still have not had tested your home for enquiring the presence of radon, have it done as early as possible. Testing in lowest of the level inside the home can be regularly take place. Test in the areas such as a playroom area or basement if your buyer could use that area.
If you want to perform the radon test by yourself, cautiously follow the testing protocols for EPA’s Radon Testing Checklist or your area. If you appoint a contractor to check your home, you will protect yourself by hiring an experienced company or individual.
How do you find a skilled professional to do the testing procedures? First, ask about your doubts to your home inspector. Also remember the point; your state should have particular office or department that deals with radon related issues. They may be capable to guide you with a chart of certified testers in your area. Several states needcertified, licensed or registered radon professionals.
Let’s take a glance at the other half of the coin. What if you are planning to buy a home? If you have thinking of purchasing a homethe EPA says that you can accept the previous test result provided by the seller. Or you have all the rights to question the seller for a retest to be done by a certified as well as qualified radon tester.
Always ask a these questionsbefore you agree with the seller’s test results.
- What were the results of previous tests?
- Who performed the actual testing?
- Which place in the home was the radon testing done?
- Was it in that level in which you are planning to live?
- Since it was tested,have any kind of changes been made to the home? For instance, have there been any kinds of alterations to the cooling and heating systems?
If you agree with the seller’s test results, make sure that the test obeyed the relevant state protocols or EPA checklist. If you think that a retest is required, explain the matter to the seller as early as possible.