Facts about Lead Paint that both buyers and sellers need to know

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

All sellers with homes built prior to 1978 are required to fill out a lead-based paint disclosure form and provide you, the buyer, with a lead-based paint educational booklet in any sale. Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products found in and around our homes.

Facts about lead

FACT: Lead exposure can harm young children and babies even before they are born.

FACT: Even children who seem healthy can have high levels of lead in their bodies.

FACT: You can get lead in your body by breathing or swallowing lead dust, or by eating soil or paint chips containing lead.

FACT: You have many options for reducing lead hazards. In most cases, lead-based paint that is in good condition is not a hazard.

FACT: Removing lead-based paint improperly can increase the danger to your family.

Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.
The EPA Site contains all the facts and gives you detailed information about lead paint, the law and what you can do to protect your family.


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Carole Helwig
Keller Williams Realty
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Comments (4)

Carole Helwig
Keller Williams Realty - Concord, MA
Servicing Acton, Sudbury and Hudson, MA

Have you ever owned a home with lead paint?

Have you withdrawn an offer on a property after having a lead test done that showed the presence of lead paint?

Tell us what your experience has been.

Dec 08, 2010 12:02 PM
Cynthia Grimes
eXp Realty, LLC - Westminster, MD
"With You Every Step Home!"

I also let sellers know about making renovations on their homes.  See the link to the brochure Renovate Right - www.epa.gov/leads/pubs/renovation.htm   Environmental issues are very much a concern.

Dec 08, 2010 12:04 PM
Carole Helwig
Keller Williams Realty - Concord, MA
Servicing Acton, Sudbury and Hudson, MA

That's a great idea, Cynthia.  Thanks for the added information.

Dec 08, 2010 12:47 PM
Vickie Slade
Colorado Landmark, Realtors - Boulder, CO
Service You Can Trust ~ Someone You Can Depend On

Carole, great post.  The implications of lead based paint are serious. 

Dec 08, 2010 02:20 PM