A red flag

redflagI recently heard a story where a home buyer told me that his agent stated that he did not need a radon inspection because according to the agent there had never been any reports of radon in the area.

For on thing an agent should never recommend against any kind of inspection and for another radon tests have been few and far between over the last century or so and no one really knows where all of the pockets of radon gas on the planet are or how many homes may have high levels of radon in the basement.

Home buyers should not let anyone talk them out of any kind of inspection. Sure inspections may slow down the sale process but they protect the buyer and the seller and any agents involved in the transaction.

Even with inspections it is possible to buy a home and find out about some problem after the fact. There is risk involved in buying almost anything.

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2 Replies to “A red flag”

  1. I suspect that agent was employing “plausible deniability” — if you test for radon and find it, you pretty much have to do *something* about it (report it, at least). If you *don’t* test, you don’t know and don’t have to do anything about it.

    Much of the same thinking seems to extend to lead paint and old wells and tanks. I don’t condone the behavior, but I understand it.

    1. Teresa Boardman says:

      The buyer doesn’t have to do a thing if a Radon test comes up positive. The seller would have to disclose test results if the home remained on the market after the testing. . . but yes I think I understand what you mean. Sometimes ignorance really is bliss.

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