Because you're a first time buyer of Hoboken homes for sale, you possibly are not too familiar concerning lead, particularly the rules about it that are related to homeownership. Lead can be awfully precarious. How much someone gets exposed may lead to one of the following:
- Brain damage as well as negative effects to someone's nervous system
- Trouble with behavior
- Slowed growth
- Complications throughout pregnancy
- High blood pressure
- Digestive problems
- Pain in the joints and muscles
Any person is prone to the threats of lead; however, those who are very much in danger are children, most especially very young kids who put almost anything in their little mouths, like, chips of paint that may possibly have lead.
There are various means wherein someone may get exposed to lead. One of the usual ways is through lead based paint. Due to the threat, the government banned the utilization of such paints in structures in the year 1978, but earlier that year, numerous residential houses use lead paint. To look after homebuyers, regulations were submitted that oblige sellers to present lead disclosures for houses that were constructed prior to 1978.
In the rules regarding lead paint disclosures, sellers of properties are required to disclose in writing all the known particulars that is concerned with lead in the residential structure. If there are investigations done, the outcomes must be disclosed. Real estate agents or sellers are supposed to also give buyers a copy of the pamphlet "Protect Your Family from Lead in Your Home" from the Environmental Protection Agency or EPA.
Moreover, it is mandatory that sales agreements give home buyers a time period, maximum of 10 days, to inspect for any lead hazards in the property. Although home buyers are not commanded to look for lead, they need to be given a chance to execute such an inspection.
Intact lead-based paint, which means there's no wear, flaking, or cracking, does not cause any dangers to the health. So if you are buying a residential structure that contains lead paint, it is advisable to thoroughly watch out for the following:
- Paint that is cracking, peeling, or cheeping
- Places in the property that are at risk to deterioration that can cause chipping or exposure to underlying paint layers on fences, terraces, door frames, window sills, stair railings, and banisters
- Lead dust resulting from scraped or sanded paint
- Lead found in the soil of the home throughout the house that is caused by cracking lead-based paint on the outside of the house (this may be very unsafe for children who play outside and also in a main spot to be carried inside through shoes)
When buying a residence in Hoboken real estate, you are supposed to be familiar with the other potential sources of lead aside from lead paint:
- Lead may be discovered in water if the water pipes have lead or lead solder (lead cannot be recognized by odor or taste so see to it that you have the water examined)
- Old painted furniture or even toys
- Plants releasing lead in the sky
- Leisure pursuits using items that contain lead, such as furniture refinishing, pottery, and stained glass work