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Each month AR runs numerous contests as a way for our members to engage in activities
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These state pages or hyper-local pages provide content directly related to a specific geographical location.
State, County, City and Neighborhood pages make it easy for consumers to find what they're looking for.
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Consumers peruse these pages for information
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One of the things that attracts so many people to our community is the lovely older homes. Many were built around the turn of the century, and some even earlier. We decided to purchase our Westfield home (built in 1927) because we love its character and architectural style. But trust me...when your home is this old, one thing is certain: repairs and renovations!
EPA Issues New Lead Paint Renovation Compliance Rules
If your home was built prior to 1978, chances are pretty good that they used lead paint somewhere. It was in this year that there was ban placed on using leaded paint, because of the damaging health effects on children. (In New Jersey, if you purchase a home built in or before this year, you'll need to sign a lead paint disclosure form acknowledging the risks.)
Since the ban on lead paint was put into effect, the number of children poisoned by the dangerous metal as declined significantly. But the EPA still estimates that a millions (with an "M") children are still impacted annually. And that's waaayyyy too many!
When we think of homes that present a lead paint hazard, we often think of decaying urban structures with peeling paint and falling walls. And while these do present a problem, that's not the whole picture. Re-modeling and renovation projects to upscale suburban homes can also present a significant risk.
Remember...the danger is in disturbing the lead paint and sending the dust into the air where it can be inhaled.
To address these risks, the EPA has now issued new rules for re-modeling projects. These rules went into effect on April 22, 2010. These rules don't apply to individual homeowners doing minor repairs. But if you're paying someone to do the job, your contractor will need to be properly certified to do the job safely. Failure to comply with these rules will lead to big fines, and possible health risks to you and your family.
To learn more about what these rules say and how they might impact you and your re-modeling project, check out this video:
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.