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Macky, Home Buyer in 08844

looking at a 1968 home, needs renovations for doors, baths and kitchen. should i test for lead hazard( have young kids)! thx.

Asked by Macky, 08844 Mon Mar 12, 2012

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If you are doing substantial renovation, even if the lead paint is covered now, you'll be disturbing it with the renovation. Testing is recommended.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Lead can be dangerous. It is most dangerous in much older homes. The condition is the CRITICAL QUESTION. Are the windows painted wood are they replacement windows. Is there chipping paint or is everything maintained? It the exterior painted? A lead paint test is not cheap. And guess what. It is show lead in the paint in this home, most likely. So I just saved you the fee for the test.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Maky for any home built before 1978 there will be lead in the home. usually in the form of paint. As long as the paint is not peeling or chipping it is not a hazard. Since you need to have renovations done and you have young children it may be best to have those renovations done before you move into the house. If you need to move into the house before the renovations are done then the contractor should use Lead Safe Work Practices
Any testing for lead should ONLY done AFTER the work is completed. You wouldn't get an Air Quality test for this. Lead Paint is a wipe test, becuase the dust will settle soon after it is disturbed I'm a trained EPA Dust Wipe Sampling technician in NJ, The website attached will have more information for you Maky
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Yes, you should contact a specialist for lead based paint and try and arrange the appointment to coincide with the home inspection. The lead inspector will do a thorough inspection of all of the windows, doors and walls throughout the home. The results are typically released within a week and you will feel comfortable having those answers.

Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
Hi, anything built before 1978 most likely had lead based paint. Many will say that as long as there is no peeling paint you should be fine. The walls have ,most likely been painted many times, the windows sills, frames, and door frames are areas of concern. These areas in particular are common for peeling paint. If you decide to renovate and do any sanding you need to be aware that lead paint can be released into the air. Its best to have air quality tests done after the work is completed.

Chris
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
You most likely do have lead based paint in the home as the regulation regarding no lead in paint was enacted in 1978 (although paint was allowed to be used up so you could have lead in a newer home as well). If you are getting an FHA loan and you have kids age 6 or under they will require there be no peelling paint or deteriorated paint inside and outside. Here is a link to an article that gives you links to some sources for more information: http://www.kcha.org/landlords/LeadBasedPaintRegulations.aspx
Of course anyone over the age of 40 or so grew up with lead based paint.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Mar 12, 2012
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