Should homebuyers get a lead paint inspection? Lead paint was commonly used in homes built before 1978. Lead is highly toxic, and poses a particular risk to children and pets. Lead also complicates remodeling and renovation, as it can be spread through dust and paint chips. Because of these risks, homeowners are obligated to disclose the presence of any known lead based paint in the home. However, many homes do have lead paint that the seller is unaware of. Therefore, cautious homebuyers may make a lead based paint inspection part of their purchase offer, typically performed within ten days of the contract. If lead is detected in levels unsatisfactory to the buyer, they can choose not to buy the home, and keep shopping. If you have questions about your current or future home in Middle Tennessee, let’s connect today!