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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

  1. 2)Ask the seller to install radon mitigation - Under Florida law, as in many states, the seller of a residential property has an obligation to disclose all known facts that materially affect the value of the property being sold and are not readily observable. Once it has been determined that the home has an elevated radon level, if it is not mitigated and the home is not sold, then the seller must disclose the problem to all future potential buyers. This is an incentive for the seller to lower the radon level in the home, either by paying the full cost of a mitigation system or splitting the cost with the homebuyer. To read more about a seller’s disclosure requirements, see our blog post “Should I trust the seller’s property disclosure statement?”

  2. 3)Install radon mitigation yourself - The typical cost in our area is between $2,500 and $5,000, depending on the size of the home. To find out what is involved in installing a radon mitigation system, go to our blog post ”What does a radon mitigation contractor do to lower the radon level in a home?”

  3. 4)Decide to live with the high radon level - If the radon level is barely above the actionable level of 4.0, you might consider ignoring the EPA safety guidelines and living with the elevated radon. This is not a great idea, and not just because of the increased risk of lung cancer.  You will be required to disclose the radon problem to any potential buyers (under the Florida’s disclosure law, as noted above) when it’s time for you to sell the house, and this will make it difficult for sell without installing a mitigation system later. So you might end up installing a radon mitigation system to sell, but not receiving the benefit of having one while you are living in the home.

    For more information about radon we recommend that you visit the Alachua County Radon Awareness website at http://radon.alachuacounty.us/ or the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s radon homepage at http://www.epa.gov/radon/. Click on any of the three report covers below to download consumer guides to radon from the EPA.

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