Soft sales continue in AprilPrices steady, but struggles in Alberta economy weighs on housingChanges to the lending industry and a challenging economic recovery are weighing on sales activity in
RADON GAS And YOUR HOME
RADON GAS and YOUR HOME
Almost all homes have some radon gas in them. One in eight Alberta homes test over Health Canada‚Äôs maximum acceptable radon limit.
Breathing in radon damages your DNA, which can lead to lung cancer. Children and teens are particularly at risk.
Information for home owners:
Clients who may be selling their home in the next couple of years may consider radon testing and any necessary mitigation as a selling feature. Here‚Äôs some information on radon testing you can provide to your clients:
Homes built in the past 25 years may contain more than 30 per cent more radon versus older properties;
Major changes to a home, such as renovations, can change radon readings. It may not be necessary or relevant to conduct a radon test if a property is purchased with plans for a major renovation or a tear down;
Changes to building codes in 2015 made it mandatory for new buildings to have a roughed in radon mitigation option; and
Radon levels are easy to test for and properties with high radon levels can be mitigated down to safe levels by professionals.
A proper radon test takes 90 days and should be conducted between Oct. to April;
After major renovations or a new build, home owners should wait 2 years before testing;
Rural properties could have possible radon contamination in water wells; and
It is now mandatory by Alberta law that new landlords complete radon testing on their properties.
For more information on radon, check out these additional resources:
Latest Blog Posts
How to take advantage of the 2018 Calgary spring house market: Lot/house orientation As we head into Calgary‚Äôs spring housing market we are faced with an abundance of choices in all property