Some important considerations when remodeling a California home built before 1978

Real Estate Agent with Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group DRE # 00770113

 New Lead-Safe Law for remodeling a home built prior to 1978

  • As home sales increase and contractors see improving business conditions ahead, remodeling activity in the U.S. is expected to grow by the end of this year and into 2013, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released today by Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
  • Homeowners planning to renovate a home built before 1978 need to be aware that there are regulations concerning dust and other materials containing lead, a toxic substance formerly used in paint. 
  • A contractor hired to remodel more than 6 square feet indoors in homes, schools, or child-care facilities built before 1978 must be, by law, trained and certified in proper practices.
  • The EPA recommends that a contract with a renovator spell out how dust will be handled and prevented from spreading.  The contract also should specify that the contractor will clean up the work area, verify that it was cleaned adequately, and clean it again if necessary.
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Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
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Curtis - Your first bullet point is good news and I hope it rings true going forward.  Have a great week, amigo!

Jul 29, 2012 05:15 AM #1
Robert Bob Gilbert
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Anderson Properties - Katy, TX
Your Katy TX ( West of Houston) Real Estate Expert


Thank you as you just atught me something new and if I haave a client or friend who is renovating a pre 1978 home I will be able to guide them or at least remeber to find your blog.. Cheers my friend and it looks like your IT change this weekend worked just fine.

Jul 29, 2012 05:17 AM #2
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale
Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Curtis -  This is great information for everyone to be aware of.  New rules and regulations are in place, and homeowners need to be aware of them!

Jul 29, 2012 05:30 AM #3
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


Thanks for stopping by and imparting your wisdom.

Bob, yes the site switch is done and the faster speed is very noticeable. As I said, I will post about the need for doing this at everyone's site about every two years.

cheers cvc

Jul 30, 2012 01:48 AM #4
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