You’re about to be a new homeowner! It’s an exciting time. It’s also time to start thinking about how to test for radon during. During the home buying process, home inspectors will test for lots of things but radon is not usually on their list. You may need to schedule a radon test in addition to your home inspection.

Testing for radon takes about 48 hours using special electronic equipment. Some radon inspectors may have continuous radon monitors or activated charcoal radon test kits. With a calibrated device, inspectors receive accurate radon results that help you plan for remediation if necessary.

As long as you hire a certified radon professional, you will have someone that follows the correct procedures and delivers the correct results. In some states, you even have to have your provider licensed when buying a home with radon.