Preparing for Lead Paint
Generally, you can choose any one of a number of methods to control lead paint hazards, except for those that are prohibited, as long as the property is found to be safe when it is inspected and tested after the work and cleanup are completed. In a few states and localities, the law requires certain measures for rental property. Less stringent standards may be set for owner-occupied housing. Check your state lead program and local board of health to see if there are any specific requirements in your area.
Your choice of lead hazard control method depends on a number of factors, including the condition and age of the home and the complexity of its components, your financial resources, and whether the work can be done when the home is empty.
Although well worth it in health benefits IF done properly, controlling lead hazards in your home can be expensive. Estimates for removing the lead paint from a medium-sized house range from $2500 to as much as $60,000, or even higher, for example in the case of a historic building. 1