There’s nothing like selling your house to find out how many rackets there are.
Take the radon racket.
I know what you’re going to say. Radon kills. It seems that the number is 20,000 a year. Statistically insignificant (unless it’s me).
We have not required radon mitigation when we bought a house and I actually refused to do it once when I sold a house, something I wouldn’t get away with today. But as I said at the time, the couple we bought the house from nearly a decade before were still alive and well in a retirement community and she did all of the laundry in the basement. What's to fear?
The people buying our current house wanted radon mitigation and even though we have a walkout basement with windows, what could I say?
My real estate agent pointed out that the house was already piped for mitigation so not to worry.
The radon mitigator shows up and he’s making a mess. I ask him how it’s going and he reveals that he must replace all of the piping because the original piping is cheap and won’t do.
I don’t know if that’s going to increase my cost but I’m now kicking myself for standing on my principle and not demanding a radon check from the previous owner. He bought the house brand new so he wouldn’t have had a radon check done.
And our next house is being built as we speak. Maybe I should do a radon check.
(Next: The illegal connection to the sewer line)