At the end of April the EPA issued new regulations for contractors who work in homes built before 1978. Before 1978 paint was made with lead as a base ingredient, and therefore the EPA has issued a mandate that all contractors receive proper training on how to safely work in homes that may have Lead based paint in them.
If you have been thinking about doing a bathroom renovation, or possibly have dreams of a new kitchen it is important for you to now make sure that your contractor is certified by the EPA to work in an environment with Lead based paint. The contractor must take a course and pass an exam to be certified, or be supervised by someone who is certified in order to do the work.
In real estate transactions bank underwriters are requiring bids come from EPA certified contractors before they will approve home loans. Currently the contractors I work with are all signing up for the EPA course, but it will take time for all of the local Cincinnati contractors to get this certification. This is slowing down a number of the transactions that are in process thanks to the tax credit.
The best advice I have for my clients is to be patient. The contracting, real estate, and lending communities are all aware of the regulations and we are all cooperating to serve our clients as best we can. Please watch the video above for more information about the EPA rules and how it is designed to protect you.