All sellers with homes built prior to 1978 are required to fill out a lead-based
paint disclosure form and provide you, the buyer, with a lead-based paint
educational booklet in any sale. Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for
many years in products found in and around our homes.
Lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and
learning disabilities, to seizures and death. Children 6 years old and under
are most at risk, because their bodies are growing quickly.
On the other hand, there are millions of homes with lead paint out there,
and many have been painted and repainted several times so the lead paint is well
covered up. If in doubt, have the paint tested and evaluated either at a local
laboratory, or with one of the home test kits available at your local hardware store.
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