Myth #5 –You only need to worry about radon if you live in certain areas of the countryIt’s true, some regions of the country have more or less concentrations of radon but,

Fact: Radon levels are very local, and depend on soil composition, atmospheric conditions, home construction, etc. (University of Minnesota). Because radon levels don’t depend upon broad ranges, and it cannot be stressed strongly enough, every home should be individually tested for radon concentrations in order to be sure.

 Top 10 Myths

HB1001, which I previously reported on (here), is being brought up by the Senate Labor and Industry Committee next Tuesday, January 23. The intention is to consider the bill as drafted without amendment. In as much as regulations can slow things down, this bill appears to be a good step forward in protecting Pennsylvania home buyers and by setting quality standards for home inspectors.

“In the near future, we plan to re-introduce legislation that will require licensure for all home inspectors in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Previously introduced as HB 1421)

A home is most likely the largest, most valuable asset a person purchases in their lifetime, but can quickly turn into the largest nightmare if a home inspection is not conducted completely or properly. Not reporting vital information to a homeowner or prospective homeowner can lead to costly repairs, health issues, and burdens that nobody should have to bear.

Currently, home inspectors are not held to any specific professional standard. This means that although the home inspection report is heavily relied upo, if a home inspector failed to report an issue to a homeowner or prospective homeowner, there is little or no recourse available. This legislation will set statewide standards for the profession of home inspecting and standards for the home inspection report.”     – Bill and Amendments

Myth #4 –Only some types of home need to worry about radon. Some may think that a farmhouse with full basement is more susceptible to radon than say a ranch home on a slab.

Fact: Radon is not a respecter of homes. The fact of the matter is radon comes up from the ground. Its presence depends on variable factors like “soil and atmospheric conditions” (University of Minnesota), or other factors such as construction materials and structural integrity.

Myth #3 – You can’t solve radon problems in all homes. Let’s begin by noting that only 6% of homes in the US even have radon problems.

Fact: The National Radon Program Services says that almost any home with a radon problem can be fixed. Some with as simple a solution as caulking and filling holes in the foundation.

 

Myth #2 – Radon tests are expensive and take a long time. This myth is easily dispelled with the facts.

Fact: Do it yourself tests can be as little as $15. A professionally run test by a certified radon technician will only cost about $150. These take 2-7 days and are normally done in association with a real estate transaction. So the facts conclude, they are relatively inexpensive and short-term!

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The topic of radon is controversial. Over the next several weeks I’ll share 10 myths about radon and attempt to balance those myths with 10 facts. So, let’s begin.

Myth #1 – Radon isn’t dangerous. The science is in.

Fact: Scientists on both sides of the issue disagree on this point. While it is important to listen to all arguments, it is also important to note that, independently, the Center for Disease ControlAmerican Lung Association, and American Medical Association all agree that radon has a harmful effect on human health.

Yesterday’s home inspection was a lot of fun. I got to help a young couple move forward in their decision to purchase their first house. I hope my effort is successful for them. They thanked me by giving me my first review. (Click photo above)

 

 

Looking at a home inspection report can be downright scary. It may cause you to think you’ve just purchased the dreaded “money pit”.

Rest assured that every home (even new builds) will have plenty of defects. It’s your home inspector’s job to point out anything that requires correction, upgrading or repair.

To ease your mind, here are 7 common items seen on a home inspection report and the approximate cost to remedy them….. Continue reading

HB 1001 passed the House on October 17, and was sent to the Senate. On November 1st it was referred to the Senate Labor and Industry Committee. If enacted, the bill will regulate home inspectors by establishing the Home Inspection Licensing Board.

The board will be made up of six home inspectors, three members of the general public, one real estate agent and one engineer. Some of the responsibilities of the new board include:

  • Defining the standards of practice for a home inspection.
  • Creating a licensure program with fees.
  • Enacting and enforcing safety standards.
  • Provide for disciplinary action for non compliance.
  • Providing for remedies and for penalties.

Two items of significance are being proposed.

  1. If a home inspector identifies an immediate threat to safety he will be required to post a notice on the front door of the home noting the specific safety issue, before completing his inspection.
  2. A requirement to report on the visible evidence of mold, mildew or fungi and to disclose these findings in the report.

The overall effect of the bill should provide for safer and more professional real estate transactions. Once the bill clears Labor and Industry, it will go to the Senate for a vote.