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VA Appraisal - Lead Based Paint

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WarEagleFL

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I have a one-off situation with a VA inspection. House is built in 1989 and is in C3- condition. One of the "updates" included installing vintage single hung wood windows in an opening between two interior rooms. The issue I have is there is peeling paint on the windows which are obviously pre 1978.

I realize that any defective paint is an MPR, but would you require that the repair be to the same level as the lead-based paint standard? "If the house was built prior to 1978, assume the paint is lead-based and require corrective action to include thoroughly cleaning the surface before applying two coats of paint or completely removing the paint or covering the surface with a suitable material before painting"



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CindyR

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i say it's art - not a part of the building structure.
 

Proactive

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Shabby Chic. Sometimes I hate HGTV. :cautious:

If it were me, I'd describe it as an interior decorating feature and not condition for repair.

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KYLECODY

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It could be argued either way I'm sure. I agree with both of the above generally. I would mention it but not condition it. I'm sure the VA police won't knock down the door on that one. Looks silly imho.
 

WarEagleFL

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While I agree that a case could be made for a decorative feature, when it is installed and nailed in place would it not then become part of the building structure?
Shabby Chic is right, and it is totally out of place in this Spanish Villa.

Not too worried about the VA police, I have already received my annual nasty gram slap on the hand :nono:
 

jay trotta

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It would appear the floor height to window may fall within the limits of what is questionable, (VA or Other) IMO I would call for an inspection. If a kids mouth can reach the height (check your State requirements for floor to window height) it's a problem.

Short/Long story; back in the 80's I remember an agent that Sold a property to a Dr and their kid nibbled on a window sill (got lead poisoning) and the lawsuits were flying all over the place. Your choice, but I tend to lean away from possible problems. A stroke of the keyboard is a simple solution.

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RSW

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I think I would call the RLC and get their guidance on it. Have them post a comment in the portal about the conversation.
 

Don Clark

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I have a one-off situation with a VA inspection. House is built in 1989 and is in C3- condition. One of the "updates" included installing vintage single hung wood windows in an opening between two interior rooms. The issue I have is there is peeling paint on the windows which are obviously pre 1978.

I realize that any defective paint is an MPR, but would you require that the repair be to the same level as the lead-based paint standard? "If the house was built prior to 1978, assume the paint is lead-based and require corrective action to include thoroughly cleaning the surface before applying two coats of paint or completely removing the paint or covering the surface with a suitable material before painting"



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Require as per the Lead Based Standard. If VA decides otherwise then the condition is on their dime, not yours. The lead based standard is a federal standard.
 

glenn walker

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Scrape-Paint and be done : )
 

WarEagleFL

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Thanks for all of the input. I decided to err on the side of caution and have the repair completed per the lead-based paint standard.
 
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