Real estate professionals play a critical role in helping customers navigate the home buying and selling process. An important part of the process is ensuring that buyers are fully aware of any hazards in the home, including radon. By learning radon basics, real estate professionals can avoid potential delays liability problems.
Encourage Early Disclosure
The Environmental Conditions portion of the Colorado Seller’s Property Disclosure Form specifically lists radon as a hazard that must be disclosed if known by the seller to exist or ever have existed. This is true even if previous test results were less than 4.0 pCi/L.
- Sellers should provide copies of any test results.
- Existence of a radon mitigation system must be disclosed. (It is presumed that radon existed previously, and that if the system were to fail, the radon level would return to its original level.)
Encourage Testing of ALL Homes
The source for radon entering a building is generally just beneath the building. Soil can vary from building to building, even within the same neighborhood. Therefore, the decision to test should not be based on test results from adjacent homes, zone maps, or survey maps. Instead, it’s best to encourage every buyer to test for radon.