10 years ago I bought my previous house and laughed off the chance to do a radon test after studying up on it. Fast forward 8 years and I was forced to install a system when the new buyers were convinced by the realtor to get it tested and it barely failed. Of course that system install was on my dime. Hindsight says I should have had it tested when I originally bought and forced the previous owners to pay the install price. Only needed to learn the lesson once. The next house I had tested and forced the previous owners to pay for the install. It's a money maker for sure but it's just the way it is. Might as well do it because there is a high likelihood you will be forced to eventually.
You're correct Dave, many of the home buyer are starting to request that the home is tested for radon. My daughter and her husband recently purchased a home in the Germantown, WI. area that had elevated radon; they demanded the mitigation system be installed before closing the deal. It's not a law yet, but it may very well soon become one.
Mooselegs.. probably only a matter of time before local laws and regulations are passed requiring it to be done before you can sell, part of a home inspection. Some inspectors already are doing the test and make it an issue and condition for sale. Colorado makes a big deal out of it proof or not.
I just noticed this thread. I recently tested the radon level in my house and it's 16.4 pCi/L. Local contractor quoted quoted $850 - $950.00 for a mitigation system. Haven't pulled the trigger yet.
Spoke with a neighbor about the radon thing and he said it's a bunch of hyped up talk and there is no basis for concern.....not sure what to think about that........
Probably won't be done until late Spring.. We have had a couple very good offers to sell it and may never move into it. I have a feeling my wife wants to come back to Wisconsin. The builder we used is a friend, we are not in any hurry. He has other projects as well.