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Those Radon Blues
Radon gas can be a worry for homeowners. This naturally occurring substance has been found in homes throughout the country. It is odorless, colorless and undetectable without sophisticated testing. Radon has been linked to many diseases, and environmental experts caution that it should be tested. Remember that if radon gas is detected, it can usually be removed at a relatively low cost with simple ventilation systems. If you are concerned about radon in your home, you can have it tested. You can contact your nearest branch of the Environmental Protection Agency for information about how to find a reputable company qualified to perform the tests. If you are buying a new home in an area where radon has been a problem, you might consider including a radon test as part of the structural contingency clause. And if you are planning to sell your home, you can test it for radon before placing it on the market. If there is no problem, your fears will be put to rest, and even if radon is detected, it is not difficult nor costly to correct.
When you are faced with multiple offers on your home, how do you choose the right one? Your Real Estate Agent can help you compare and contrast the terms of each proposal. First, there is the price. Consider the closing costs you may be asked to pay, and be sure that you understand any other terms that might reduce your net profit. Can you work out a mutually agreeable date for you to move out and for the buyers to move in? How "clean" is each offer? Do the buyers have another property to sell before they can close on yours? Can you get reasonable assurances that the buyers will be able to qualify for the financing they will need? Your Real Estate Agent can help you weigh the relative merits of each offer, so that you can accept--or counter--the best one, and line up one as an alternative.