Today one of my buyers called me to see if she should pay extra on her home inspection for a radon test. She also asked me what is radon and how dangerous is it.

According to the EPA radon is a colorless, odorless, tasteless gas. Radon forms naturally from radioactive decay of uranium deposits within the soils of the earth crust. It then rises and seeps upward through the soil and into your home through spaces and cracks in the foundation or walls. No home is completely air-tight, which means radon can be in any home at any time.

According to the research that I read, radon has been conclusively been proven to be the second cause of lung cancer, second only to smoking. Radon is considered the number 1 cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon kills thousands of Americans each year and is responsible for 15% of all lung cancers worldwide.

Should you get a radon test if you’re buying a Boston condo? To me the extra money on the home inspection is well worth it and more so it you are buying a garden level condo.

Source: EPA and Custom Home Inpection

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