Was your home built before 1978? What to know if the answer is YES!

Reblogger Debbie Cook
Real Estate Agent with Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc MD 82788

In Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Washington, DC and all other "close-in" Metro suburbs, MOST of the homes WERE built before 1978.

Important Information about Lead - When buying and selling a Silver Spring, Takoma Park or other Washington, DC area Home:

Original content by Bob Ratliff 492107

Was your home built  before 1978? What to know if the answer is YES!

Search homes for sale by clicking hereIf a home was built-in 1978 or before it may contain high levels of lead (called lead-based paint). If not taken seriously homes built before 1978 could pose serious health hazards from lead paint chips and dust inhaled from being in or around the property where lead based paints were used. Texas requires all homeowners who are selling or renting their home to disclose Lead Base Paint Addendum stating to the best of their knowledge there is NO known lead base paint in the home. Many homeowner have no idea if the answer is yes, so it is important to understand the important of disclosing lead based paint or lead base hazards. The disclosure states known hazards, homeowner has stated to their known knowledge the home doesn't have any lead base paint or lead hazards; which means the buyer or tenant should have a lead inspector test for levels  lead base hazards if the home was built on or before 1978.

If you're considering buying, renting or renovating a home-built before 1978 "the federal government banned lead-based paint from housing in 1978". Lead can still be found in city homes, country homes, suburbs and apartment buildings both inside and outside the home.

Hiring a licensed lead inspector to evaluate levels of lead will help comfort your fears, the federal government defines lead base paint not a hazard if it is in good condition? It is defined if lead levels are greater than or equal to 1.0 milligrams per square centimeter, or more than 0.5% by weight.

Seeing peeling, chipping, chalking, cracking are sings that the home might need immediate attention if built before 1978. When renovating a home-built in 1978 or older take precautions to test an area before construction begins not to cause dust particle unseen by the naked eye to be inhaled. Hiring a certified contractor and checking with your state or local agency will offer a referral list of professionals in your area.

Lead Based Paint XRF DetectorFacts to know about lead exposure:

  • Lead is more dangerous to children under age 6:
    due to brain and nervous system being more sensitive, they absorb more at this age, and put their hands and other objects in their mouths; it can cause speech and behavior problems, hearing damage and bone density causing decrease growth.
  • People get lead in their body by:
    breathing in lead dust usually during renovation, eating paint chips believe it or not....and putting their hands in their mouth unknowingly.
  • Dangerous to Women:
    exposure to their fetus through the placenta during fetal development by breathing in lead dust.

Was your home-built before 1978? What you should know if the answer is YES.

  1. Landlords: have to disclose known information about lead based paint and lead based hazards before leasing their property to a tenant. Tenant leases must include a disclosure about lead based paint before occupancy.
  2. Sellers: have to disclose known information about lead hazards and allow the buyer to conduct a ten-day inspection for lead base contaminants.
  3. Renovations: knowing local and state laws before removing lead based hazards on homes built before 1978 giving parties disclosures about lead based hazards.

The fact that lead base paint can harm young children and babies even before they are born. Breathing or swallowing lead dust or eating soil or paint chips containing lead is hazardous and because we can't see the fumes or dust with the naked eye we assume there is no harm.....wrong.

Many older homes today have lead pipes which may or may not cause hazards, it's best to always hire a professional if you think your residents might have lead hazards. Checking with your city, or state own rules for lead based paint can help to find lead abatement firm in your area to assist. Contact the Environmental Agency at www.epa.gov/lead or call them at 1-800-424-lead.

Knowing what you should know about lead based paint hazards if your home was built before 1978 is being brought to you by Bob Ratliff your Cedar Park and Northwest Austin real estate professional. Would you like to know more about disclosure a homeowner must present to possible buyers or tenants? Call Bob today 512-587-5689

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Bob Ratliff
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Hi Debbie, thanks for the re-blog getting the word out about lead based paint is very important for homeowner, landlords, tenants and buyers.

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