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Answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about radon:

  1. What is radon? Should I be concerned about it in Gainesville?

  2. This house has been empty and closed-up for months. Will the radon test come back sky-high?

  3. Can a homebuyer do their own radon test for a real estate transaction with a self-test kit?

  4. How was it determined that between 15,000 and 22,000 lung cancer deaths each year are caused by radon?

  5. What are a homebuyer’s options when the radon test comes back high (4.0 pico-curies/liter or more)?

  6. What’s my chance of getting a high radon reading in Gainesville?

  7. How long does it take to get the results of a radon test?

  8. How can I tell if a house has a radon mitigation system?

  9. What is the average radon level of indoor and outdoor air in America?

  10. What is the danger of radon in well water?

  11. Do granite countertops emit radon?

  12. What does a radon mitigation contractor do to lower the radon level in a home?

  13. Do I need to test for radon when buying a condominium?

  14. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

  15. For how many years does an old radon test remain valid?

  16. Where does radon come from?

  17. Does Florida have radon?

  18. What are the symptoms of radon poisoning?

  19. How long does it take to get the results of a radon test?

  20. Can the seller tamper with a homebuyer’s radon test to change the results?

  21. Can stormy weather change the radon in a house?

  22. Do older houses have higher radon levels than new houses?

  23. Do radon mitigation systems require maintenance?

  24. What is the operating cost of a radon mitigation system?

  25. Should I buy a house with a radon mitigation system?


Radon Testing

$160

in Metro Gainesville

48-hour test, results same
day of test completion

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$120

when done at same
time as  home inspection

   The cost of the worst case scenario if you don’t do you your own test is the same as if you do the test; but there is a good possibility that it won’t be an issue that the buyers are concerned about—which is unfortunate, because they should be. So, the bottom line is this: definitely test your home if you are concerned about the radon risk to your family’s health, but it’s probably not a good idea to test for radon as part of any preparations to put your home on the market.

    A pre-listing general home inspection by a reputable local home inspector, however, is a good way to find and repair any problems with the home that you are unaware of which might hold up the closing, and assure that the buyers get a satisfactory report from their inspector. Most realtors recommend getting one, but say no to doing any further inspections or tests. “I would give the same answer for a pre-listing lead-based paint test for an older house,” says local realtor Chris Handy, of Bosshardt Realty. “If you have lived there in good faith, there’s no reason to add potential liability to your sale. Imagine the intricacies and permutations if we became obsessive, such as a pre-listing soil boring, pre-listing pollen count test in a wooded lot, and testing water samples—whether on city water or well water.”


While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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