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Is Your Chicagoland Home Safe from Radon?

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Today, we're going to discuss radon, the second leading cause of cancer. 

What does this gas have to do with real estate? A lot, actually. Radon is a clear, odorless gas that is present in many houses in the Chicagoland area. When I got my real estate license in 2000, no one taught me about it. Nowadays, however, it's a very well-known topic in Illinois among Realtors and homeowners alike

Many people don't know that about half the homes in our area have elevated radon levels. Elevated radon is considered 4.0 and above and can cause some serious health problems. But how can you measure if your home has high levels of this dangerous gas?

It's easy - all you have to do is go to Home Depot and buy a test kit. Store-bought kits will give you a general idea and are easy to use, but for an accurate test we recommend calling a professional. It only costs around $150, but they will do a thorough analysis to ensure you and your family are protected. 

When I bought my home in 2004, I didn't get a test done because no one thought about it then. However, a few years ago, when we were planning to have kids, I had the home tested because I wanted to create a safe environment for them. Testing for radon is the smart thing to do for your family, especially because Illinois has high radon levels. 

Unfortunately, the presence of radon can be a deal breaker. Recently, I was selling a $1.75 million home. The buyer had a radon test done, found that the home had a radon level of 5.5, and the buyer backed out because of it. I've had properties with high levels of radon before; the best way to lower levels is to install a radon mitigation system, which will cost you around $1,500. They guarantee to keep your home's radon levels under 4.0, so it's a pretty solid investment to make.

If you're living in a home that hasn't had a radon test, I highly recommend you get one done soon. If you have any questions about this topic, or have any real estate questions of any kind, don't hesitate to give me a call or shoot me an email. I would love to hear from you!


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