Before You Buy A Home, Test for Lead

lead testing home rentalWe get a lot of inquiries from people in the market to purchase a new home about whether or not they should have the home tested for lead. Our answer? Absolutely. Then we are hit with the follow-up question – “But the seller says there is no lead. Should we still have it tested?” The answer is still yes. Here’s why: Lead lawsThe way the EPA rules are written, sellers and landlords must disclose known lead-based paint hazards. “Known” being the key word.

Does Your Pediatrician Screen for Lead Poisoning?

lead-screeningWe recently heard from a mom in the DC area, who lives in a home with deteriorating paint built in the 1950's, questioning the necessity of testing her two young children for lead poisoning. She thought doctors did it automatically, but was concerned and confused when her pediatrician said that she didn't have to worry about lead poisoning "unless her children were allergic to lead" - even though he knew she lived in an older home that was not in good condition. Yes, we are serious. The doctor actually said this! EVERYONE CAN.