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Radon and Real Estate in Nashville Tennessee
Buying a home can be stressful. It can be a challenge to find a property in a good neighborhood, within your price range, that appeals to all the family. When you finally find your ideal home in Nashville, Tennessee, it can be tempting to rush to agree the contract. However, there are certain checks you must be sure to carry out before the contract is finalized. One of those is radon testing.
Radon is a naturally-occurring, radioactive gas which is found in homes throughout the United States. A number of areas in Nashville, Tennessee have been identified as having high levels of radon. The Environmental Protection agency considers radon levels to be high if they exceed 4pCi/L. However, radon levels cannot be predicted by district, city, or state. Even homes in the same street can have different levels of radon. The only way to find out if a property has high levels of radon is to carry out a test.
There are no specific laws in Tennessee relating to radon testing or mitigation as part of a real estate transaction. As a property buyer, it is important for you to know how radon can affect a real estate transaction in Nashville.
Are You Buying a Radon Infested Home?
When you are negotiating the purchase of a residential property in Nashville, Tennessee, you should find out from the seller whether or not they have previously conducted a radon test at the property. If they have, ask them when it was carried out and who conducted the test. For your own peace of mind, the test should be less than two years old and professionally-conducted. The results from a radon test carried out by the current homeowner may be unreliable, as they may have conducted the test incorrectly.
For example, it is essential that radon testing is carried out in the lowest level of the home that is used on a regular basis. If the current owner has carried out the test on the first floor, but you intend to use the basement on a regular basis, the existing test will not be sufficient. A new test should be conducted at basement level.
Purchase Agreements Can Negotiate Radon Testing
If no previous test has been carried out, you should include a provision in the contract stating that a test is to be carried out. The contract should clearly state who will carry out the test, a due date, and who will pay for the test.
The contract should also set out what will happen if the test reveals that the property has elevated levels of radon. Radon mitigation measures can be implemented by professional radon mitigation contractors to reduce radon levels within residential properties. You should agree in the contract who will meet the cost of radon mitigation, should it be required.
Getting the right advice on radon before you purchase your new home in Nashville, Tennessee will ensure that you protect your health and the health of your family.
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