Who pays for radon mitigation?

akkwJune 18, 2007

The radon test in the house we're buying came back at 10 (4 is the top level of "acceptable" per EPA standards). Does the seller usually pay to get this mitigated, or does the buyer pay some of it also?

Upon accepting our original purchase offer (prior to any of this) the seller commented that he would take care of "big/safety issues" certainly but was respectfully requesting that the inspection "fix" list not contain "nickel and dime" type stuff (which we would never do). So far the sellers have been very pleasant and easy to work with.

Thanks for any info!

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qdognj

this is a seller's expense...and it falls under "big/safety issue"

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 4:24PM
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akkw

Thanks... I read somewhere that it should be split between buyer and seller, which didn't really make sense to me.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 4:27PM
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sue36

There is no hard and fast rule. Like anything, it's a negotiation. If you had a stubborn seller you'd have to decide if you wanted to lose the house over this. Radon mitigation is not terribly expensive.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 5:07PM
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berniek

It's totally negotiable between buyer and seller where I am, as is any part of the inspection items.
Mitigation can cost between $800 - $1,300 here.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 6:30PM
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cordovamom

It usually is negotiable, in our case several years ago the seller paid for the mitigation.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 6:52PM
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mfbenson

I suppose its negotiable, but normally it is an issue that scares away buyers and sellers pay for it just to be able to sell the house. I guess in a truly irrational sellers market some buyers would pay for it.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2007 at 11:06PM
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huggle002

The sellers paid for ours in the house we purchased in December.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 2:19AM
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mom2sethc

Hi!

We're paying for ours on the house that we are selling. It will be done on Friday, and cost us $750 in NE Ohio. This includes the post 48 hour re-test. In this area it is typically paid for by the seller.

Elaine

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 9:26AM
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terrig_2007

We are buying a house that tested high for radon. Our sellers are paying the entire cost of the mitigation. I think it's about $1200. We are in eastern Iowa. In our area, radon mitigation is typically paid for by the seller.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 9:38AM
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akkw

Thanks everyone! We are going to ask them to pay it but for some reason I think they are going to ask us to split it. Not sure if it will be worth it to us to lose the house, but it probably depends on what else comes up in the inspection report, which we'll be getting today.

    Bookmark   June 19, 2007 at 1:58PM
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terrig_2007

We just had our radon mitigation system installed and the radon retested. It came back at 0.9 pCI/L, way below the EPA standard. It had been at 6.2, so this is a relief. We're to get it retested in two years or if we incur any foundational changes/damage. The sellers paid for the entire cost.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2007 at 9:57AM
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prosperity

You're lucky your seller is pleasant to work with. Ours is incredibly belligerent and doesn't want to pay for anything including a mitigation system for a 5.1 reading. He did his own test (opened the basement door, no doubt) and came back at 3.0 and somehow thinks this overrides the first test even though the average is still in our favor. He's moving to a far cheaper, Southern state, so I hope he'll wise up and realize that $1000 isn't a big deal since he's making a tax-free profit of at least $300K. Closing is next week Tuesday and I have to be out of my current home by Wed, so I'm not enjoying this game of chicken.

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 3:18PM
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terrig_2007

Prosperity: Yes, our sellers have been great! We made the offer in late March, and they accepted our price. They've given us three months to sell our house, which is now sale pending. (They did have a 72-hour kickout clause, but never imposed it.) They paid for everything from the inspection that we asked them too. Obviously, they are motivated!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2007 at 4:39PM
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blueheron

We are selling our house and will be paying for radon mediation. They paid for the radon test and the home inspection. The radon mediation will be about $810. We are also paying for some electrical updates that will come to about $1400. I'm glad the buyer offered above the asking price!

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 4:50PM
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jojoco

I am the listing agent on a house under contract. The house is new and is built with a grave tile bed under the foundation. The radon was high. The buzz in the builders circles was that you either have a dry basement (gravel tile provides great drainage) with higher radon levels, or a wet basement (no gravel) with acceptable radon levels. My seller is realistic enough to know that a high radon level will kill potential sales, and now that he knows it, we have to disclose it. He paid for it and the deal looks very solid. Remediation here was about $1300.
Jo

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 10:31PM
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arizonarose

When we sold our Michigan house the cost was split between the buyers and us. It was figured in the closing. But, our realtor also represented the buyers....maybe that made a difference.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 10:49PM
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sewwhatsnew

We are the buyers and we did split the cost of radon mitigation with the sellers ( aprx 950 )I felt they should have paid for it all, but we did not argue with them.
We are not using a realtor, we have lawyers doing the paper work for us, perhaps a realtor would have made sure we wrote the agreement up beforehand stating the seller would pay for it if mitigation was needed. Our mistake.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 10:54PM
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sue36

"The buzz in the builders circles was that you either have a dry basement (gravel tile provides great drainage) with higher radon levels, or a wet basement (no gravel) with acceptable radon levels."

I've never heard of that. Are they saying the gravel/stone is the cause of the radon issue? Around here it is standard practice to use stone under the basement floor. Many builders seem to skip the necessary step of using plastic between the stone and concrete floor, which is part of the problem. We have stone, plastic and a vent pipe around the entire basement under the plastic that then runs up through the house and through the attic, a passive radon system. We can add a fan to it if we need to. Radon is often high where we are.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2008 at 11:20PM
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brickeyee

Anything done by the seller will be done at the lowest cost.

A typcal radon mitigation system has a fan running 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The seller will have ZERO concern for the operating costs.
Cheap motors wear out, fail, an in the mean time have higher operating costs.

Get some money held in escrow and have YOUR contractor perform the work.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2008 at 7:05PM
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