Home buyer’s Beware!
This has happened more that past month or so, so I thought I should address it. The Realty market is hot, and contingencies are being thrown out the window, Radon testing being one of them.
For those buyers that do get a test please, please stipulate in the offer what Radon removal company you want to install the system if the Radon test should come in elevated. And just a side note, my wife is a Realty Agent. Like all agents she works on commission.
Most agents out there I believe do a good job. What the listing agent is dealing with, and they work for the seller, is someone who doesn’t want to have to pay for any repairs, especially a Radon system. They are getting no benefit out of it, except they will be able to sell the home.
I have always told home sellers to get a good system so the buyer is happy with what they end up with. Most sellers don’t do that. We lost a job recently, well it happens all the time, based strictly on price. The other company gave a very low price, which means corners will be cut as much as possible.
To do it right and make a profit you can’t possibly offer the cheapest price. I wish I could. A good, fair price can be offered based on volume.
Anyway, a few weeks ago a seller hired a company who offered a much lower price. Once the buyer saw what was done, they told their agent I am not going to buy the house with the way the Radon system was installed.
Long story short we were called to rip out the first system and install a new one from scratch. We were able to use the existing fan though. I guess I should have titled this differently because the seller had to pay for a Radon System twice, and almost lost the sale of the home.
Ask your agent to be able to chose the Radon Company, and don’t let the sellers counter out of it. If they counter and you accept be prepared to get the lowest quality system money can buy.