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Should I worry about lead paint in Crofton area homes?

Crofton Real Estate Q&A

Q.  So many homes in the greater Crofton area were built before 1978… Should I worry about lead-based paint?

A.  In Crofton, Gambrills, Odenton, Bowie and across Maryland and the United States, there are many homes built before 1978, when lead-based paint was banned in residential property. 

Federal and State regulations exist to protect occupants of homes where lead-based paint may have been used before 1978.  For example, sellers and landlords across America are required to provide home buyers and tenants with a booklet produced by the Environmental Protection Agency titled Protect Your Family From Lead in Your Home.  All parties to a sale or lease of any home built before 1978 must sign the Disclosure of Information on Lead-Based Paint and Lead-Based Paint Hazards.  

Home inspector flippedIn Maryland, buyers of homes built before 1978 have 10–day window to obtain an assessment or inspection by someone certified by the Maryland Department of the Environment. Maryland REALTORS use a Lead Based Paint Inspection Addendum and a disclosure regarding the Maryland Lead Poisoning Prevention Program in transactions for these homes.

When a client asks me whether they should be concerned about lead in a Crofton area home built before 1978, it would be foolish for me to do anything other than refer them to these official documents and suggest that they obtain a lead inspection. 

Apparently, most home buyers are satisfied with the results of their inspection, since older homes change hands every day, but that alone is not adequate justification for waiving the opportunity to have an inspection.

Better to be safe than sorry!

The publications mentioned in this post are available for download on my website, MargaretWoda.com

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