When selling a home, it is usually up to the seller to correct any safety issues and radon gas is certainly a safety issue.
Traverse City, MI (PRWEB) June 06, 2013
Timothy Evans, owner of Traverse City Home Inspections LLC (http://www.traversecityhomeinspections.com), a full service home inspection company that offers a wide range of inspection services for homes in Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim and Benzie Counties, reports that radon gas is becoming more of a concern for people buying and selling homes in Michigan. In the United States, one in 15 homes has high levels of radon gas. The Surgeon General recommends radon testing any time a home is purchased. And now, some banks and mortgage companies are requiring proof that a home has acceptable radon levels before they will approve a mortgage. As well, some insurance companies are also requesting radon testing before they will issue home insurance. “This is why we are advising anyone who is considering selling their home to have it inspected before they list it. That way, if any problems are found, they can be fixed before they become a liability that prevents or slows down the sale,” says Evans.
Odorless and colorless, radon gas is found right across the United States. It comes from the natural breakdown of radium, a radioactive product of uranium and is found in soil and rocks, as well as the water and air. Radon gas usually enters the home through cracks in the foundation or other openings, but it can also get in through well water. According to the EPA and Surgeon General, 21,000 Americans die each year from lung cancer attributed to radon gas exposure. It is the second most common cause of lung cancer after smoking.
Even though radon gas in Michigan is not usually found in high (active) levels compared to other parts of the U.S., the average indoor radon level in Northwest Michigan is higher than the national average of 1.3 pCi/L. For example, the average level in Traverse County is 2.1pCi/L, with 14% reporting levels of 4pCi/L or more, and 26% in the 2 to 3.9 range. Levels of 4pCi/L and higher pose a significant health risk and must be remedied. Homes with lower levels may also pose a health risk and should also be addressed.
“When selling a home, it is usually up to the seller to correct any safety issues and radon gas is certainly a safety issue,” says Timothy Evans. “Today, most home buyers include a home inspection condition in their offer to purchase. If the home inspection reveals elevated radon levels, the buyer will expect the seller to fix the problem, or they could walk away from the sale. Even if the buyer does not request a home inspection, their mortgage company or insurance company might, and if high radon levels are found, it could delay or even prevent the sale. As well, once radon is detected, the seller is required by law to disclose to any potential buyer that there is a radon problem in the home. Fortunately, there are simple, low cost solutions to correct radon problems, and even high levels of radon gas can be reduced to acceptable levels. The average cost of lowering a home’s radon level is usually less than $1,000. We believe that it’s a really good idea for homeowners to hire a home inspector prior to listing. That way there will be no nasty surprises, like radon gas, to deal with. All reported problems can be corrected, eliminating potential issues that could turn off buyers or delay the home sale,” advises Evans.
Timothy Evans, Owner
Traverse City Home Inspections
1133 West Long Lake Rd
Traverse City MI 49685
About Traverse City Home Inspections:
Offering prompt and professional home inspections seven days a week, Traverse City Home Inspections, provides customers with all the information they need to know when selling or buying a home in Northwest Michigan. Serving Traverse City, Grand Traverse, Leelanau, Antrim and Benzie Counties, Traverse City Home Inspections is certified by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI) and the American Home Inspectors Training Institute (AHIT). Traverse City Home Inspections carries errors and omissions insurance as well as liability insurance and are fully bonded up to $10,000 through InterNACHi's "Honor Guarantee." With an experienced and highly qualified team of professional home inspectors, with top credentials through extensive training and continuing education, Traverse City Home Inspections provides the best home inspection and specialty inspection services in Michigan. For more details about Traverse City Home Inspections and the inspection services they provide, call 231-929-3525 or visit their website at http://www.traversecityhomeinspections.com.