In this section you will find information on radon as a buyer or a seller of a home or property.
Homes in some parts of the country are more likely to have a radon problem. These parts of the country are called High Radon Areas. If you are buying a home you can check our interactive map to see whether it is in a High Radon Area, but the only way to know for sure is to test because each house is different.
When you are buying a home, the seller's solicitor will ask him/ her some questions about radon. This information will then be passed on to your solicitor. If you have any concerns your solicitor will advise you to contact the EPA for further advice. You can also contact the EPA directly if you have queries that are not answered on this website. It is important to note that there is no requirement for a homeowner to test or remediate their home for radon before selling it.
Radon levels can vary in a home depending on how the house is lived in. You may heat and ventilate the house differently to the previous occupiers. For this reason, you may wish to have your home retested once you have moved in.
If your new home has never been tested, we recommend that you test it after you have moved into the home. The test should be done after you move in as radon levels can be significantly higher when a house is closed up and unoccupied.
When you are in the process of selling your home, your solicitor will ask you the following questions:
This information will then be passed on to the buyer's solicitor. If the buyer has any concerns their solicitor will advise that they contact the EPA for further advice. However, it should be noted that there is no requirement for a homeowner to test or remediate their home for radon before selling it.
Testing for radon is very straightforward, however, the test takes 3 months. Therefore, we recommend that you test your home for radon well in advance of putting your home on the market. In the event that your radon levels are above the reference level of 200 Bq/m3, reducing the levels of radon in your home is also straightforward. There is lots of information on this website about how to test for radon and how to reduce high radon levels.
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