Joined: 05/12/2023 11:56 AM EDT
Location: Indiana, SW Michigan
Closing up a house that has no air conditioning for two days seems cruel. One can argue testing should be done under normal living conditions and for most having windows open in the summer would be normal for summer cottages for example. However, closed house conditions is required whether there's air conditioning or not. So a few things can be done in this situation.
#1 If the home is not occupied, you could test anyway under closed house conditions. Keep in mind though protocol also says to keep inside temps between 65 and 80 degrees which may be difficult in the heat of summer.
#2 Buyer pays for the test now and the seller puts $$ into escrow if mitigation is needed. Testing is done at a later time (fall) when weather has cooled down and is probably now occupied by the new owner. Bonus -the new owner probably won't be cheating on their own test at this point so you know results are accurate.
#3 While it is an option to have closed house condition testing in a non A/C house in the summer, it would be unrealistic for occupants to comply with protocol. So probably scratch that.
The #2 escrow solution provides a cool way to tackle the challenge. Sellers avoid the heat, and buyers maintain testing control. Sure, there are a few hiccups, but with careful planning and communication, you'll BREEZE through it.