When you decide to have the home you are purchasing tested for Radon – and you should – please hire a home inspector that also performs Radon tests. They have no interest whether it tests low or high. They will just report what level was found. Accepting a “free” Radon test from a company that also installs the system is just not right. They are taking money away from good inspectors who rely on testing for Radon as part of their income. Plus, what is the motivation of the company offering a free Radon test. Will it be done right? Will it be fair to the home seller? I think it just opens the door for someone who might be desperate for business to do something unethical.
You DO Have a Choice!
Choose A Safety-Minded Radon Mitigation Company
For many years our customer mix was 70% real estate systems, 20% average homeowners, and 10% new construction systems. Now it is 80% average homeowner, 10% real estate and 10% new construction. Why the big change? Well, as we all know the housing market nose-dived a few years ago and is still hurting. Sellers are losing money when they sell, or making very little. I feel bad for their situation, I really do. As a result, when it comes time for a Radon system for real estate, the number one thing I am asked by sellers is, “how cheap can you put a system in for?”
Let me say this again, the first thing I am asked by the seller is “what is the lowest price or how cheap can we install a system?”
We have always tried to give the best price on Radon systems, but we have to do it right, and we have to stand behind our work. Because we average about 800 systems per year I am able to purchase Radon fans, piping, fittings, and everything else we use in bulk. And then, because we run an honest business I have to cover the cost of insurance for our vehicles, shop, and employees. With everything that is involved to run this business, down to the last item figured in, we have priced our systems at the lowest possible point to be able to cover costs and still earn a living.
When a seller asks me “the question” as I like to say, I normally tell them that we are not the company for them, unless they are concerned about the quality of the system and having the installing company guarantee and properly warranty the system for the new owners.
Sometimes that statement will work and we will end up with the job. Most of the time the seller says, “I don’t care who installs it, how the system looks, where it’s placed or how noisy it is, I just want the cheapest system and a passing test.” In most cases the other company is $50 to $150 less. Is that enough of a price break to gamble with the health of your family? I hope the seller of the home they are moving into didn’t have that attitude.
Less expensive systems are cheaper because of how they are installed. If you go to our “improperly installed systems” page you will see what I am talking about. A certified company installed every system on that page. When you cut corners, and don’t include all the necessary items for a system, you can install it cheaper.
For example: We use Lexan to seal sump pits. It is clear as glass, strong and flexible. I have been to houses where the lid was wood, a plastic bag, or a very thin cheap plastic lid. Right there you would save $25 in costs. No fire collars on the piping in the garage can save $50. But you may lose your home if there is a fire in the garage. Installing the cheapest submersible plastic sump pump, if one is needed, that was just on sale might save $75 versus our price. Would you want that pump to protect your basement? I always tell customers I can’t do it right for what other companies are charging and I’m not willing to do it wrong.
Here is the solution: If you want the best Radon system for your family, if you want the best looking, best placed, quietest system – if you want the company to be there if something goes wrong with your system – if you want the best warranty and guarantee for your family, offer to pay the difference.
You may only have to pay $50 to $200 to have it done right, and have peace of mind. The seller and agent will not have any objections if you request our company to install the system and offer to pay the difference on what we would charge and what another company is willing to do it for.
So, there is no need to get stuck with what the seller was willing to pay for, or with a company that is willing to do it wrong.