Buying a Home - Lead Based Paint Hazards
Although a non-issue for newer homes, there are a lot of buyers out there who's price range fall into some of the older homes with lead based paint or simply want one of those "charming older homes". Some of the concerns buyers have about the subject range from how it impacts the home buying process to mitigating or remedying it, to what exactly is the hazard of lead based paint for children and adults. Needless to say, lead issues can also drastically effect a seller's situation.
Homes built before 1978, upon being listed, must have a lead based paint disclosure forewarning potential buyers about the hazard. Homes built after that period don't require it, due to changes in law and use of safer paint. Let's take a closer look at when it's a problem concerning health and dealing with it to protect your family.
Lead Based Paint - Health Hazards
Lead, a highly toxic metal that produce a range of health problems, especially in younger children. Lead can be easily absorbed causing wide ranging damage to the brain and other vital organs including kidneys, nerves and blood.
Lead poisoning has the potential to cause behavioral problems, learning disabilities, seizures and in extreme cases, death. Some symptoms of lead poisoning may include headaches, stomachaches, nausea, tiredness and irritability, however, children with lead poisoning may not exhibit obvious symptoms.
Inside or outside the home, deteriorated lead-paint mixes with household dust and with soil and becomes tracked in. Children may become lead poisoned by:
- Placing their hands and lead-contaminated object in their mouth
- Eating lead based paint chips
- Playing in soil that is contaminated with lead.
Lead Based Paint - Impact on Buyers and Sellers
Buyers and sellers alike have to deal with lead based paint issues when they arise. Some sellers may want to deal with it before listing, for a more attractive listing. Buyers may want to ask for the cost of mitigating lead based paint to paid for by the seller, and may pass over the home if untreated prior to listing. It must be remedied, and that begins with inspections, unless of course it's grossly obvious and an individual wants to get straight to the clean up part. Chipping and flaking, particularly on areas that rub together are where one looks first, such as windows and doors, but also on the outside of the house. Windows are a common lead dust hazard. Do you see paint chips in the soil? Again, this applies to homes built before 1978. Spotting and diagnosing a lead based paint problem should be fairly easy.
It is wise to have lead based paint professionally removed to lead dust and particles in the house and soil are minimized. Any local Realtor would be happy to provide you with a lead based paint disclosure form with similar and additional information and precautions.
There are Lead Based Paint PDF brochures below you can print out and save . They contain more information to help keep your family safe.