Effective January 1, 2014, all residential housing transactions (existing homes sales and new construction) in Minnesota will be required to adhere to the Radon Awareness Act.  What does this mean?

Sellers must disclose all knowledge they have of radon levels in the home in writing pertaining to the following criteria:

  1. whether a radon test or tests have occurred on the real property;
  2. the most current records and reports pertaining to radon concentrations within
    the dwelling;
  3. a description of any radon concentrations, mitigation, or remediation;
  4. information regarding the radon mitigation system, including system description
    and documentation, if such system has been installed in the dwelling; and
  5. a radon warning statement as follows:

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What should a buyer do?

Ask if any radon testing has been done. If not, relax.  The test is easy to perform and, if the results are elevated, the mitigation system can be installed for under $2,000. Please keep in mind the timing and duration of the test, as these can affect the results.

What can a seller do?

Be proactive. If you’re thinking about listing your home, perform the test yourself.  Consider a mitigation system if the results necessitate not only for a smooth real estate transaction, but for your own health and safety.

What is a high level?

The state of MN deems that radon levels higher than 4 pCi/L may be dangerous to your health.  In Blue Earth and Nicollet County, the average indoor level is 6.7 and 6.8 pCi/l, respectively.

Radon can be a cause for concern, but all of our JBeal agents are well-versed and experienced in handling radon mitigation and can help you navigate your way to a smooth housing transaction! For more information, ask one of us or visit any of the following websites:house_hp_radon2

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/eh/indoorair/radon/

https://www.revisor.mn.gov/laws/?id=43&year=2013&type=0

http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html