Do I need to delead a 2-family before trying to sell? Never been tested, so I assume it contains lead paint.

Asked by Ann, Belmont, MA Sat May 31, 2008

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CJ Brasiel, Agent, San Jose, CA
Sat May 31, 2008
Ann -

Lead is normally an issue if there is peeling or chipping paint. For many homes built between 1940 and 1960 lead paint was used. You can have a section of paint tested by using a test kit or take it to a lab. Here is one online site that sells the test kits.

If there is lead in the sample hire a professional to scrape,sand, remove the existing paint and then repaint. The key is removing chips or peeling areas and then fresh paint. You don't want to inhale the dust or ingest the old paint. Particularly, do not have children in the house while the work is being done.

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Robert Apple…, Agent, San Carlos, CA
Mon Jun 2, 2008
Houses built before 1978 may contain lead, and all home sales require a disclosure stating that fact. You do not need to test or know if the house actually does have lead paint. Most homes sold in this area have lead based paint but the only requirement is to provide a disclosure stating wheather or not you know if it actually has lead paint. Please call If you have other questions or would like more information about this or other concerns selling your home.
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