We’ve been wondering how radically this will affect the resale value of older homes. Anyone considering purchasing a pre-1978 built home with the idea of repairs or renovation will need to factor in the added cost of Lead Based Paint safety compliance and testing.
Lead is a bigger problem in older cities in the East. Much of our local Shasta County home construction took place later. Still, the rules apply here. Chances are, your contractor is now well aware of the rules, and the steep fines. You can learn more at the EPA informational website.
I would certainly be considering this factor in the purchase of an older home, or the impact on value if you are a seller. If the rules seem overly broad or harsh, you need to consider the victims of lead pollution inside the home are children, unable to manage their own risk of exposure. Failure to address the threat would be irresponsible by any measure.