How to sell a house with radon

If you’re the owner of a house with high levels of radon you may want to sell it quickly, but it’s a good idea to know the steps involved before you try selling.

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Your leading questions when selling a property with radon

✅ What is radon and why are some buyers concerned about it?

It’s a naturally occurring radioactive gas, and levels of radon vary throughout the UK. If you own a home in an area with high levels of radon, some buyers might be wary about making an offer on the property. That’s because increased exposure to radon has been associated with a greater risk of developing lung cancer, although this is not a pre-determined outcome.

✅ Am I obligated to disclose to buyers that my home has high radon levels?

You should be prepared to honestly answer any questions that buyers might have about radon, especially if your home is located in an area highlighted by the UK Health Security Agency as having increased levels of the radioactive gas. If you try to hide elevated radon levels in your home, the buyer could sue you if they purchase your home and find out about it later.

✅ Should I invest in remediating radon levels before selling my home?

This will depend on the time and money that you can spend when selling your property. Remediation could be quick and cost just a few hundred pounds, or might take a long time and cost a lot of money. Assess your honest budget of time and money and decide whether investing in remediation work is a viable option before trying to find a buyer for your home.

✅ How can I find out whether my home has elevated levels of radon?

The UK Health Security Agency has produced a very useful series of maps that depict radon levels in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland so that homeowners can find out whether their properties are in areas with increased radon levels. On the maps, locations with greater levels of radon are darker in colour and those with lower levels are coloured lighter.

✅ Will I have to pay fees regardless of the method I use to sell my property?

No. When you sell through an estate agent or at a property auction then you will be expected to pay commission that you’ll have to subtract from your sale proceeds before getting your net profit. But if you try to sell your home on your own, or if you use a trustworthy no-fee quick home buyer like LDN Properties, then you’ll be able to count on receiving the full sale proceeds.

✅ What's the average timeline for selling my property with radon?

If you use an estate agent or try to sell on your own, it might be many months or even more than a full year before you sell the property. An auction will take at least a couple of months to complete all of the necessary steps. But a fast buyer could complete the process of buying your home in a handful of weeks, including paying you the proceeds and exchanging contracts.

✅ How do I know that fast home buyers are trustworthy when selling my home?

Because the legitimate quick buyers, such as LDN Properties, belong to a third-party entity called The Property Ombudsman (TPO) which writes policies that are designed to shield owners from fraud in the speedy home buying industry. Only sell your home to a quick buyer that can prove it belongs to TPO, because any other business could potentially be fraudulent.

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