specifically 40 CFR Part 745 on bids. I have been able to avoid any conflicts so far, through denying bids on older houses, and a bit of luck. But, sooner or later it's going to hit the fan. I am a RRP certified renovator, and I have a firm cert also. but, how do you handle the bid. Do you charge for testing up front, or do you add all the cost of compliance right on. It seems like a crappy situation all around. I would like to give them the option for up front testing, but that likely won't fly. Any ideas or experience would be appreciated.
I'm also certified. Actually took my refresher course 3 weeks ago.
DISCLAIMER: WI is a non EPA lead state. Our regulations are handled through the WI department of health and safety. As such, this may or may not apply to you.
Any way, with that being said, I can not test for lead unless I am specifically asked to do so. I have to assume it is present on all pre1978 homes and follow protocols.
This was put in place for all future disclosures as it could potentially negatively impact the property value. If you test for lead, and it comes back positive, that must be disclosed on the sale of the property every time going forward, unless it has been completely abated and passed a clearance test.
Everyone around here doesn't want to know. Then they can use the disclaimer "This house was constructed prior to 1978 and the seller has no
knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead based paint hazards." People tend to feel better about that than the other disclaimer "This house was constructed prior to 1978 and the seller has
knowledge of lead-based paint and/or lead based paint hazards are present."
I have three rentals built before 1978, that I won't test myself. All repairs are done with RRP protocols. That way when I sell them, I don't really know if lead exists and don't have to disclose anything.
I'd personally like to see regulation that requires all homes built prior to 1978 be tested when they are sold or when a building permit is pulled for renovation. It'd make my job a lot easier (and more profitable) as a contractor. I think it would also make enforcement easier.
Can you imagine how much the value on these shacks would drop if the banks, HUD, FNMA, etc. had to disclose the lead, mold or asbestos is present? Hence ignoring lead and asbestos and calling mold discoloration.