A question that is sure to come up during your home-buying journey in the Triangle: Do you need radon inspections in Raleigh? Is it just an unnecessary upcharge or is it something you should prioritize in your budget?
Radon Inspections in Raleigh: Necessary or Waste of Money?
This topic is one that is brought up often in our Relocating to Raleigh Facebook group. Most discussions between members have many varying points of view. Not this one posted by a new member. They posed the question “Is a radon gas inspection necessary or a waste of money?” The group came together to offer their advice and all had the same underlying answer: Radon inspection in Raleigh is NECESSARY.
Here are some of the thoughts that were shared. To protect our users’ privacy, we’ve left names off of the responses.
Radon is a radioactive gas that is naturally occurring and absent of color and odor, making it undetectable without proper testing. Radon is able to disperse in large open spaces but can get trapped in heavy amounts within buildings and homes due to tiny cracks and holes in the foundation. With nowhere to go and no room to spread out, the festering gas becomes dangerous.
Yes! In fact, radon levels can be high anywhere, regardless of the age of the home or its location. As one member reminded the group, “always get it [radon inspection] done! Not super common here but radon isn’t necessarily a regional thing…could be in one home and not the next.” Another newcomer to the Raleigh area added, “radon is a potential problem everywhere. I wouldn’t skip the test.”
Inspection is a decision that could save your life.
According to the EPA, radon-related lung cancer claims the lives of more than 20,000 people each year in the United States. “Radon is the second most common cause of lung cancer behind smoking,” one group member shared, “I would not skip over a radon test, ever. In any location.”
Considering the potentially life-threatening danger that radon poses, the cost to get the test done, which averages between $100 and $300), is worth it to many of our group members. One commenter, “I personally think it’s worth it. It’s not terribly expensive and could save you on some serious health issues in the future.” Another newcomer agreed, saying “ It is worth that $120 to know radon gas is not an issue for the house you will be living in for years to come.”
There are a lot of decisions to make in the home-buying process. Choices and costs add up and it can be unclear which ones are truly worth the time and money. According to our group members and the EPA, radon inspections should absolutely be on your “must-do” list!
What else should be on your to-do list? Browse our Real-Tour Experience for other common questions. You’re sure to learn something new.