(Closed) Would You Buy a Home with Lead-Based Paint?

posted 8 years ago in Home
  • poll: Would you buy a home with lead-based paint

    No, I would never buy a home with lead-based paint.

    Yes, I would buy a home with lead-based paint.

    I might. It would depend on... (explain below)

    Other. Ramble away below.

  • Post # 3
    5949 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2018

    We’ve been surrounded by this stuff for years already.  That being said, it’s bad and if you are interested in purchasing the home, find a contractor qualified and insured to remediate the paint and include that expense in your figures for your final offer….

    Post # 5
    1828 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    No, we would not.

    The paint can be dealt with, as another PP suggested. But frankly, if the house was built when lead based paint was still in use, it’s probably older than we want our house to be.

    This is why we will probably build…

    Post # 7
    15198 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Yes.  There are tons of old homes in my area, I’m sure many have lead paint.  As long as it is undisturbed, and you’re not eating it, there’s no risk in having it.  It’s fine to paint over it and from what I have read, that is safer than trying to remove it.  Lead paint wasnt even a consideration when I was looking at homes.

    Post # 8
    11735 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I wouldn’t if I was planning to have children in it. It may also make it difficult to sell later.

    Post # 9
    5842 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2011

    Pretty sure I just did. As long as you paint over it and no one eats the walls you’re ok.

    Post # 11
    2104 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    No way. My high school had lead paint. We all saw what a pain it is to remove. Not to mention any house with lead paint was wayyy older than what we wanted. 

    Post # 12
    9124 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @inky_1:  Hey there, my Fiance owns a house-painting company so he/we know quite a lot about this.  We also just bought a house this past spring. 

    Here’s the deal, lead paint isn’t a giant health hazard unless you’re a) literally eating paint chips or b) exposed to a LOT of paint dust, like a career’s worth of sanding paint for a living.  That said, due to new EPA rules that were enacted a couple years ago, it is very difficult and time-consuming for house painters to sand/remove lead paint in order to repaint.  Most companies just flat out refuse to do it, at least in our small town, and if they do, it’s very costly.  This could vary in different areas, of course.

    Like other posters have said, you can just paint over it.  That’s fine as long as it’s not chipping.  But lead paint is pretty chippy in general.

    So I wouldn’t be too too concerned about the health hazards but more the cost of repainting (which you will have to do at some point), if the paint is chipping.

    I should note that I agree with everything the EPA can do to keep harmful substances out of the environment, but the side effect is that it suddenly sucks for anyone with chipping lead paint…

    Post # 13
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011
    Post # 15
    3941 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011


    Post # 16
    458 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I don’t see the big deal. There aren’t any new homes here (unless you’re looking in the millions at houses that were torn down and rebuilt) and most of the homes are very old. So most likely if I got a new home it would be with lead. My condo was built in the 80’s and it’s the newest thing in my city.

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