If you own a home built before 1978, it probably contained lead based paint, and you were given a lead paint brochure and disclosure when you bought the home. This disclosed the presence of lead paint in the home if the seller was aware of it. When you sell, you will disclose any knowledge you may have of lead based paint in your home.
Now there are additional rules to follow if your home was built before 1978.
After April 22, anyone who is compensated for the renovation of a home where lead is present must be EPA – certified. The NARI recommends that home owners assume lead is present if their home was built before ’78 unless they’ve had it tested and found it to be lead-free.
Contractors, by law, must be trained in lead-safe practices. These remodelers must display their training certificate to you when you interview them. Further, they must provide you with the Renovate Right Brochure and get a signed statement from you stating that you received it.
Certified Renovators are trained to use lead-safe practices, which means:
• Containing the work area
• Minimizing the generation of lead paint dust
• Thoroughly cleaning up
• Passing a cleaning or “white glove” test
Lead based paint was used in over 38 million US homes before it was banned in 1978. Lead has been found to cause damage to developing brains and nervous systems in children under 6. It also has been linked to learning disabilities and behavior problems. Exposure most often occurs with paint dust, which can be invisible.To find historic homes to purchase and rehab, contact Anne Rossley at Prudential Rubloff.