Your general rule of thumb is: the older your home, the more likely you are to find lead-based paint. In the Alpharetta area, most homes were built after 1978. The EPA and HUD recommend that you test for the presence of lead-based paint if you are purchasing a home built prior to 1978.There are several methods to test for lead-based paint. The least reliable, but easiest and cheapest method, is a “do-it-yourself” home testing kit.
A professional onsite evaluation can be performed using x-ray fluorescence equipment. The equipment is not 100% accurate and this option can be costly. The best method is to send paint samples to a lab for analysis. The cost for this lead test is $25 to $50 per sample.
HUD recommends corrective action if x-ray fluorescence reveals a lead concentration greater than 1.0 milligram per square centimeter or any lab test indicates lead content greater than 0.5%.
Jeff’s Note: The Seller’s Property Disclosure Statement includes an option to allow the Buyer to test for lead-based paint. This standard contract language is not enough to protect you. As a Buyer, you should request that your real estate professional add additional protective language.
Few homes in Alpharetta, Georgia have this problem since most of the current homes on the market were built after 1978.
If you have a concern, the safest approach is to hire a professional. Locate a certified risk assessment specialist to evaluate and prepare a report on the extent of the issue.
The EPA has prepared a document to help you select a specialist. Visit their site for a brochure.
A risk assessment will detail any lead-based hazard and will recommend corrective actions to reduce any risk. Lead-based paint removal and/or abatement can be costly.
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