Radon Gas Testing – Should it be a Condition of Sale?

Tue, 20 Jun by Ken MacAulay

Radon- Is a gas formed by the breakdown of uranium , a natural radioactive material found in soil & rock .

Long Term exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after after smoking and the leading cause of lung cancer for people who had never smoked , according to Health Canada  booklet titled , Radon -Reduction Guide for Canadians

I have spoke about Radon Testing in a previous blog . The more I dig into this the more we in Alberta should be doing Radon testing in our homes no matter what the age . The most recent addition to the Building Code has the rough-in for a Radon Mitigation system as mandatory.

If you are like me and spend a lot of time in the lower levels of our homes ( basement ) as this is where I spend most of my day ( in my office )  I thought  it is a good reason to get it tested , so I got as much info as I could and now have a digital Radon Detector sitting on the edge of my desk and the cost was  $250 .00 inc. postage

I  recently Sold a Home in the Inner City Calgary that had a Radon Mitigation System installed. It as quite the conversation piece with Buyers & Realtors previous to the home being sold .

The public should have  more education about Radon as well as  the numbers of their homes readily available if the are going to Sell their home , if it has not been completed you may see in the not so distant future if a test has not been completed by the Sellers   a hold back of the cost of a mitigation system may be in place until the home has been tested, to determine if a system is needed or not .

If you are looking for some more info on Radon Testing there are a few reputable companies  out there that have the  necessary certification one is Radon Controls Inc . Both Pat & Len are NRPP certified their website is  www.radoncontrols.com  or  w- 403-475-0303

Until next time … Be safe ..Get Tested !

Great Turnout today for …”Elbow Valley Realtor Caravan “

Fri, 09 Jun by Ken MacAulay

Today we had the pleasure to view 13 listings in the Elbow Valley area this morning .It is great to see Realtors getting out to look at other Realtors listings & get each others feedback on how the property shows , what kind of feedback we are getting from other agents  that view theses properties with their clients as well as the amount of showings we are getting .

We usually do this every other month to keep updated on what we have for inventory in the area, as well as see first hand what you don’t see through pics or video on the listing info or by talking to the individual Realtors whom you may call to ask a question about their listing or with something going on within the community.If they are calling me it is usually on the latest & greatest info I have on the sewer situation in EVW ??

After the tour is over we usually talk about what listings we saw and what we think was the standout of the day .. this is quite interesting as we have an array of homes usually from 700,000 – 3m ans not necessarily is the highest priced home gets the most attention . The info we can pass onto our clients from these events is often very useful to both our Buyers & Sellers .

You know over the last 15 years of selling Real Estate in the Calgary area , I can always count on learning something valuable from another Realtor whom I have a lot of time for .. such as today …

Thanks to all who showed up ..looking forward to  our next EV Caravan ..

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