Here’s a bit of important advice: If you’re in the process of buying a home with elevated levels of radon, try to be the one to choose who installs the radon mitigation system. Request a contractor that YOU trust. Often times, the seller of the home just wants the quickest and cheapest solution to get the home sold.
If you maintain the power of who does the work, you can ensure you get a high-quality radon mitigation system that will work for a long time and maintain low levels well after you purchase the home AND be pleased with the placement of the system and how it looks on your home. Here are some tips to know when choosing a radon mitigation company:
- Use a licensed Radon contractor. IEMA (Illinois Emergency Management Agency) is the licensing body for Radon Mitigation in Illinois. IEMA is the only agency that can license a radon professional/technician.
- Experience. How long has the company been around installing radon mitigation systems? Ask who your installer will be? Inquire how long they have been licensed and how many jobs has that installer completed. You can NEVER beat experience. It will be the difference between a mediocre system and a great system.
- Is your contractor insured? Does your contractor carry workers comp insurance?
- Check out their reviews or ask for references from previous clients
- Does the contractor offer a guarantee?
- Choose local (i.e. surrounding areas). Each municipality has their own radon code compliance that can and will often contain State code PLUS local code.
- Insist on an onsite evaluation prior to installation day
- Discuss and ask to see Warranty coverage. What is covered? What is not?
- What will it look like? How long can you expect the system to perform?
Lastly, decisions shouldn’t only come down to price. Inexperience, lack of or no insurance, part time installers can and will often lead to underperforming systems, low quality installs and out of business contractors. Remember this….Are you comfortable with the company and their representatives, have they taken the time to explain the system specific to your home? Have you received a firm price and disclosures? And finally, do you LIKE them and want them in YOUR home?? Price is what you pay….Value is what you received – Warren Buffet