As you’ll see in this vignette, if the house you’re considering was built before 1978 and you have children under the age of seven you will want to have an inspection for lead-based paint. Prior to 1978, oil-based house paint contained lead.
It’s important to know that lead flakes from paint can be present in both the home and in the soil surrounding the house. The problem can be fixed temporarily by repairing damaged paint surfaces or planting grass over affected soil.
A lead abatement contractor can be hired to remove lead-based paint chips and seal damaged areas to fix the problem permanently. Watch this vignette and it’ll make sense.