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Home Owner's Beware! New Law for Home's 1978 or Older? Contractor's Beware!

Updated on January 23, 2011

These Wonderful Vintage Homes, What Will Become of Them?

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photo provided from flickr by: bluemountain10

Did you hear about the new requirements from EPA?

A few weeks ago, I received an e-mail about how the standards of our homes would have to be modified, if they did not meet up to energy efficient standards. It informed homeowners that the cost of bringing up their home efficiency to the set law, would be quite substantial. If you did not bring up your home to the energy and water standards that were set, you would not be able to sell your home until the improvements were made. The article went on to say, that the cost anywhere between 6,800 dollars up to as much as 200,000 dollars. If the homeowner did not abide to these new laws of efficiency, their home would be flagged. Literally a notice would be posted outside the home, showing if did not meet up to the EPA requirements. Note...that these requirements could be changed every year, to meet a higher standard set.

I shared this e-mail with someone, they said that will never happen. The people will not allow it, and the voter's will not let anything like this pass. Well, I have to say, within days, this person is now a believer as to what is to come!

There was a law passed on April 22, 2010 that basically says, that if you own a home that was built in 1978 or older, you may have a home with lead based paint! Because of this new law, there are certain requirements you have to abide by, if you remodel, replace and or repair any areas in or on your home.

The first thing that has to happen, is a certified person has to physically come to your home and test the areas which may be considered for improvements. There is a form for the inspector to fill out, which will include the address and pictures of the tested area.

If the test results come back negative, the homeowner is free to move forward with modifications or repairs. Although if the test results are positive, the homeowner can deal with this problem on their own, or hire a contractor who has been certified to deal with lead based paint.

Dealing with the lead based paint removal is quite involved. It costs thousands of dollars for the contractor to have the right equipment to remove the paint at the standards set. Once the contractor has taken on a project like this, it is as if responsibility of the problem has been transferred to the shoulders of the contractor. At this time the EPA, makes it sound like it is not a big deal, not much of an extra cost to the homeowner. Yet the contractor can not incur these extra costs and time, without passing it on to the homeowner.

If the flakes of lead based paint get into another area of the house, even if transferred by a pet or a breeze...the contractor is to take care of it. Then there is the situation of the led based paint settling at a neighbors home?

What is crazy about this so far, is that they haven't got their rules set in stone. The standards are still changing, as they are trying to work out the kinks.

Even the plumbing and electrical contractors, have to know the area they have to work in is lead free. They are also required, to take this class to get certified of the facts about led based paint.

As mentioned above, if the homeowner deals with the repairs, and upgrades on their own, the requirements at this time don't apply. Yet I wouldn't be so sure that, that is the way it is going to stay.

I can almost guarantee that there will be contractors that will stay away from remodels, additions and repair work to homes that have lead based paint...the liability is too high!

There could be another problem, people who have lead based paint in their homes, may have a problem selling their home, if the need comes. This may be...just be the beginning of problems to surface for homeowners and contractors.

Listed below this article, you will also see some links to check out for yourself the above information. What also is listed for you to check out is the fact, that they are going to require a person to license their home. Just like some have to license their mobile homes on their own properties.

See what the news was, before the law was passed.

Another side of the effects of E.P.A. requirements!

Health Concerns of Lead Paint for Children!

New information since this hub was written:

 There have been some test done...on these older homes, and there were tests that came back negative.  This my surprise!  All of this information made me think,  that every older home may come up positive with lead based paint.  All the you tube videos, and links and training the contractors and sub-contractors have to go through to be informed about the lead based paint, makes people think it is a huge problem! 

The Lead Based Paint Concerns for Children!

So of course there is an issue of a lead based paint problem.  The problem not only effects the homeowners, the contractors, but most of all the children. 

What does society do, about this problem?  Every one wants to pass the buck to someone to be resposible to take care of the problem of lead based paint being released into the environment as well as ingested by our children.

The paint company, is where the problem started.  Just as cigarettes caused cancer, how do you go back in time to fix the damage that was done.  It seems impossible to fix this problem completely.  Is it the responisbility of someone to demo all house built prior to 1978, and then replace each person home with a new home?

With all the supplies and advances in technology, isn't there a product that will adhere to the surfaces, to bond and seal the existing paint, rather than removing the product and exposing it into the air?

I don't think anyone has the answers, so the homeowners and the contractors are faced with an epidemic on their hands.

Another thought, for the health of our to look into what we need to do as parents for our children that have been exposed to lead based paint.  By finding ways to cleanse the toxins out of their bodies through herbs, fresh air and water...even exercise.

You may check with your local Naturepath for alternative aptions, for the health of your children. 


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      ED Kassner 

      7 years ago

      Well PILGRAMS meby if our elected officals got the LED OUT""==and delt with the important affairs of state they could quit nit pickin on us peasant tax payers.They live in a MAGIC KINGDOM of there own.However WE happen to live in the KINGDOM of the real world,subject to different MICKEY MOUSE rules.ED

    • sherrylou57 profile image


      7 years ago from Riverside

      Wow, thank you for this information! Happy New Year!

    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from hub

      Stacie, thank you for mentioning about that disclosure. I had forgotten about that. A good thing to make sure is checked before buying a home:) Thanks for stopping by! Appreciate you all, have read each of your comments...thanks again:)

    • Stacie L profile image

      Stacie L 

      8 years ago

      I know that there is a lead paint disclosure that has to be signed whenever I buy or sell a home.This seems like another unnecessary expense when people are having a very hard time financially.

      good info!

    • TheListLady profile image


      8 years ago from New York City

      Great information and something few of us would even be aware of - but once we are - wow! The costs. The lead paint was a major issue here in NYC and as a result it is illegal - it was having a devastating effect on children. What is horrible now is that toxic paint is perfectly acceptable - paint with all the VOC (volatile organic compounds) which out-gas and make you sick. I only use No VOC. I suppose the reasoning is - you'll only be sick for awhile - how horrible. We need to do better with the toxins in our environment.

      Thanks for a very useful and timely hub. Rated up. (Great photo at the top)

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      8 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

      fascinating! Now you have me wondering....what about paints in cars....Really, I truly wonder. What are they painting with nowadays? What about antique cars? Hummmm.Good thought provoking hub!

    • samiaali profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi heart4theword, Thank you for a very informative hubpage. This is very good info for all of us. I had not heard of this. Thanks!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for such a great information.

    • heart4theword profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from hub

      Thank you for reading and responding:) Always nice to have some feed back.

    • ReuVera profile image


      8 years ago from USA

      I wonder if a homeowner of an old home can sue the government or whoever, for that his home has all these problems. Sure before 1978 the homeowners were using materials sold in the market, not mixing and producing their own paints.

      Great information. I know about it because a Realtor told me that they have to test the houses older than 1978 for lead paints. Maybe it would be more reasonable to put it up to a buyer to decide if he wants to buy and fix the house, not make the seller to make renovations.

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      William Kovacic 

      8 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Thanks for the info, Heart. I haven't heard much about that, but I'll be listening!

    • Tamarajo profile image


      8 years ago

      We own rental properties that are older than 1978. City ordinances have been created in our community addressing these very issues. Home inspections are done and updating is required. Landlords must now be licensed.

      The lead based paint is quite a problem especially considering my granddaughter recently tested on the low end of high for lead in her blood and she lives in one of our rentals. It is a perplexing situation. Needs to be dealt with but how do so without going bankrupt I am not sure.

      I don't know if I like all the governmental involvement but there are issues that get dealt with that might otherwise be ignored.

      Informative Hub thank you.


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