Renovation, Repair and Painting Program: Real Estate Agents
Homes built before 1978 are much more likely to have lead-based paint. To protect families from exposure to harmful lead dust from lead-based paint, EPA requires that firms performing renovation, repair,and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes have their firm certified by EPA (or an EPA-authorized state), use certified renovators who are trained by EPA-approved training providers and follow lead-safe work practices.
As a real estate agent, you play an important role in protecting the health of families purchasing and moving into homes. If your buyer or seller is considering renovations or repairs on their pre-1978 home, you should recommend that they hire a lead-safe certified renovator.
Below are helpful resources and information for you and your clients on EPA's requirements:
- Use this search tool to find an EPA or state lead-safe certified renovation contractor.
- Outreach Materials for homeowners:
- Flyer on why homeowners should hire a lead-safe certified renovator.
- Educate your homeowners on why they should to Look for the Logo when hiring renovation contractors.
- EPA's guide on why homeowners should hire a lead-safe certified renovator.
Real Estate Disclosure
As real estate agents, you also play an important role in another area for families purchasing and moving into a home. Federal law requires you to provide certain important information about lead paint before a prospective buyer is obligated under a contract to purchase a home. Learn more about your real estate disclosure responsibilities.