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Minnesota home buyers/sellers - radon test results to be disclosed

All real estate transactions in Minnesota must add one more disclosure to the list – a radon test and results must be performed. Under the Minnesota Radon Awareness Act, a new law pushed through the 2013 Legislature, disclosure of a test for the existence of radon and results must be available. But wait, there’s more. Sellers who do a radon test, and the test reveals the existence of radon, must also disclose possible remedies.

“Radon is a cancer-causing radioactive gas. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, but it may be a problem in your home,” according to the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA). “The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States today. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, you’re at high risk for developing lung cancer. Some scientific studies of radon exposure indicate that children may be more sensitive to radon. This may be due to their higher respiration rate and their rapidly dividing cells, which may be more vulnerable to radiation damage.”

Radon is a naturally occurring, radioactive gas that is the result of decaying uranium in the Earth’s crust. The radon gas can permeate soils and enter a home through cracks and openings in a home’s basement.

What happens if one tests for radon gas and results show a home is positive?

First, it’s an easy test to perform. Most hardware or home centers offer radon test kits. Kits cost from $10 to $40.

Bottom line? Whether one is selling or buying, it’s a good idea to test for the poisonous gas.

Read the article online: http://brainerddispatch.com/opinion/our-opinion/2013-12-29/minnesota-home-buyerssellers-radon-test-results-be-disclosed