The risks of lead based paint are real, and some older neighborhoods in Louisville have a higher likelihood of harboring the problem.
Picturesque neighborhoods such as Clifton, Crescent Hill, Germantown, Highlands, Old Louisville all have houses built in the early 1900's. Portland, the West End, Downtown, NuLu, Limerick, Churchill Downs area, all have the risk of lead based paint.
You don't even have to have lead based paint in your home to be susceptible. If your neighbor's home, or nearby homes, have, for example, wood siding with chipping paint, you and your family are at-risk. The paint chips or lead dust can be tracked into your home. Children can be playing in the yard that may have paint chips and lead in the soil.
When buying older homes, always have a Realtor on your side who is experienced with pre-1978 homes.
Photo by Dave Halpern, Realtor