Here at A1 Radon, we get lots of requests daily from house sellers and buyers in all sorts of predicaments. I am not a solicitor in the slightest! But I find myself speaking to cautious sellers and buyers regularly to ask what to say to the hierarchy.
We get the concerned buyer who is asking whether they should even buy a house with radon. More often than not the buyer has been looking at houses for a while. Then this thing (radon) that they never heard of is putting a spanner in the works. The buyer then starts asking if I would buy a house with radon? Should they pull out? Will our house be radioactive and our family safe? But most importantly what can be done?
We then also get the other side of the story the house seller. This person can be best described in two ways. Firstly, we get this, this thing called RADON is jeopardising my house sale, is it real, and what a load of rubbish. The seller then goes onto say they have lived in the house a number of years with no problems to them. We then get the concerned seller who wants the quickest remedy going and wants action now to not only protect their family if necessary before they move but to do the right thing.
- Firstly has the property been tested with passive monitors?
- Has a simple postcode search on the radon map been conducted hence the phone call and the issue been flagged up? (I don’t trust the map in the slightest I must add but that’s another blog)
- Has a radon bond been discussed and does your solicitor know how to put one into the conveyancing documents?
Following this, we can then advise what to do.
From here there and numerous ways the process goes.
Sometimes the seller put some short term 10-day detectors in place. We are always cautious on this approach as they can be tampered with and we have experience of this in the past.
More often than not though A1 radon will conduct a survey of the property desktop / physically and advise on wort case mitigation costings.
Following this, a sum of money (BOND) is held back on sale completion to allow 6 months for testing and mitigation work to be completed.
Once agreed by all parties involved testing is 90% of the time conducted by the new purchasers for 12 weeks. If readings are above the action level, then the sum of money put aside is used to pay for mitigation works. If the readings come back below the action level the sum of money is returned to the seller from the get-go.
The most important thing to understand when buying or selling a property that could well have radon ingress is not to panic. As we always say in the industry the only way to truly know a properties radon levels is to test.
We are here to help and ensure people live happily in homes that are safe for them and their families.
Any questions and you wish to talk to an expert please call: 02476 920920