Lead Based Paint (LBP)

In real estate, there are a LOT of disclosures, forms, and cya materials to, well frankly make sure that one party doesn’t sue another later in life (aka. make sure everyone is in compliance). One of the disclosures that Sellers of homes built before 1978 are required to fill out is a LBP disclosure. Lead based paint has caused significant health issues for some people so I am not about to make light of it by saying that I think the gov’t should be more concerned about limiting trans fats and high fructose corn syrup from our diets or revamping school lunch programs rather than making sure that REALTORS, Sellers, and Buyers all sign disclosures (that pretty much all disclose that the Seller has no knowledge of whether lead based paint exists in the house they’re selling) regarding a paint that was outlawed 34 years ago. Proactive v reactive. Aren’t you glad I didn’t go into it ;]. Instead, I will share with you some exciting news that I found while doing some research for a client today.

There is a product that works well to avoid having to remove LBP in a hazardous (and expensive) manner. It creates a barrier between the toxic paint and the environment. Here’s a lot of good info on the product. Or, if you prefer video…watch and learn -

If you’re going to buy or rent a house that was built before 1978, you should read about the potential health risks and make a decision on how you would like to handle the potential risks of this paint. It can be very hazardous. Here’s a LBP pamphlet for your info because knowledge is power.

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