DC LEAD BASED PAINT

DETECTION AND REMEDIATION OF LEAD BASED PAINT

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DC Metro Lead Based Paint

Locating Lead Based Paint
There are tests available to DC  lead based paint content in your home at Testingforlead.comEPA or Fire.Nist. If results are positive, you’ll need to take special steps to remove or remediate, and you’ll have to disclose your knowledge of the presence of lead based paint in any DC real estate or Northern Virginia real estate transaction.
DC Lead Based Paint Removal and Remediation
Encapsulation of DC lead based paint is favored as the least expensive option for lead based paint remediation in Washington DC, and the one requiring the smallest investment of time and effort. Many DC Metro rehabbers use the encapsulation method and you’ll notice examples of this in period homes throughout the region when you see overpainted baseboards and other trim, window frames and doors carrying multiple layers of paint with old drips and flaws glossed over by a new coat of paint rather than being stripped and sanded. This is likely because the rehabber didn’t want to deal with the expense of lead paint removal. Encapsulation is simply coating the paint with a special sealant that you can roll or brush on. The downside? Sealant can be worn or chipped off over time. There is also an aesthetic downside. You’ll be unable to remove the layers of paint beneath the sealant. Often we see trim and moldings that have many layers of paint built up, some less than perfect (drips, gouges, uneven layers, etc.) and you won’t be able to correct those imperfections. Encapsulation sealants start at about $35 per gallon. The amount you’ll need will depend on the amount of woodwork in the home. Enclosure is also a popular method of dealing with lead-based paint associated with DC real estate. Enclosure involves covering the old material with new, whether drywall or cladding. The downsides to this method are that you’ll lose some small increment of space to the addition of a new surface, curved and ornate surfaces will be difficult or impossible to cover (the encapsulation method can be used for these) and if you remove the new surface, you’ll have to deal with the problem all over again. Cost will depend on the surfaces requiring enclosure in your DC Metro home and the enclosure product you choose. Removal and replacement are the best way to deal with lead based paint, but are also the most expensive options in the short term. In the long term, they become more cost effective since you’ll have to do it only once and removal/replacement will enhance the resale value of your DC real estate. Removal should be performed by a licensed, certified professional familiar with DC real estate. The contractor may employ a variety of methods including wet scraping and wet sanding (which requires specialized sanding equipment), wire brushing and the use of liquid stripping products and tools. There are prohibited methods of removing lead-based paint, such as machine sanding without the proper HEPA sanding equipment, power washing or sand blasting without the appropriate containment equipment and strategies, burning and torching. There are laws that apply to lead-based paint removal and you’ll be required to adhere to them. Replacement involves removal of the contaminated surfaces and installing new ones. There are prescribed methods of doing this, as well.
Monitoring DC Lead Based Paint
What about DC lead based paint that isn’t chipping, peeling or flaking? Experts say if the lead-based paint surfaces in your home are in good condition, and if there are no children under the age of 6 in the home, you may be able to leave things as they are and monitor the surfaces for changes. If you put your home on the market, you’ll be required to disclose the existence of DC lead-based paint if you know it exists, and lead based paint disclosures are required when selling real estate in the DC Metro region. Learn more about lead-based paint regulations at your regional DC Metro EPA office or online at: EPA Virginia EPA DC EPA “Renovate Right” brochure EPA’s “Protect Your Family From Lead” brochure

SELLING DC REAL ESTATE?

Choosing the right Realtor

Selection of the agent representing your property is crucial to success. Your agent will apply market knowledge, strategies, experience and skills towards making your DC real estate transaction the most successful possible. With nearly 25 combined years of experience in residential real estate, consistently as top producers, The Isaacs Team’s expertise and reputation are well established. Outstanding service is our hallmark so we first pose the question, “What’s important to you?” Let’s meet and talk it over.

The Isaacs Team at Evers & Company

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Why work with The Isaacs Team? Our clients will tell you!
In today’s market in this area, you cannot rely on luck to get you that perfect place or a great deal – you need to have an agent who knows the market cold, is aggressive, and effective – Susan is all of those things and more.
In today’s market in this area, you cannot rely on luck to get you that perfect place or a great deal – you need to have an agent who knows the market cold, is aggressive, and effective – Susan is all of those things and more.
My husband and I loved working with Susan and Alex. This was my 9th real estate purchase but the first time that I have used The Isaacs Team. They were the best agents I have worked with and I can not accurately describe how impressed we were! They were amazing and extremely detailed. They went over and above for us in neighborhood research, service, and contract negotiations. I found them to be extremely responsive, always available, and 100% competitent in their knowledge of the markets they serve. I was really impreseed by their extensive knowledge of the real estate contract. I must say that I was incredibly impressed. They made the process easy and held our hands through difficult negotiations. I will be their client for life!
Susan is sooo responsive–pretty much 24-7. She made what could have been a difficult situation very easy to navigate. I couldn’t have bought my property without her, I’m sure. I recommend Susan VERY HIGHLY. She is a delight to work with.
Susan is knowledgeable, friendly and very responsive–she got back to us immediately to answer any of our questions at any hour. Even as first-time homebuyers who could be somewhat indecisive at times, she understood what we were looking for in a home, didn’t hesitate to answer our questions and always had our best interests in mind. Her warm, welcoming attitude and confident guidance really took the stress out of a process that, before we met Susan, we had assumed would be overwhelming and beyond our reach.
We expected an extremely stressful experience when we decided to sell our home of over 25 years and buy a condo, especially because we live nearly 3000 miles away, yet the Isaacs Team was beyond exceptional in their competent guidance, attention to detail, follow through, and simply doing what they said they would do. While other realtors said, "this is what you need to do;" this team said, "we can do this for you!" Our process was smooth and quick, and they designed a strategy and negotiated a sale well above our asking price; and a purchase price below asking - both in the same market. They are also a pleasure to work with in every respect. Please know that you can turn this difficult personal event over to true professionals and emerge with happy results and fast friends. We highly recommend this team in every regard.
Susan not only worked hard to help my wife and me find the perfect place, she was a dogged (and effective) negotiator on our behalf once we zeroed-in. She knows the market and knows the area, but best of all she knows how to play hardball and get things done—exactly what we needed in an agent.
Susan and Alex are superstar agents. There is no one else I’d want on my side of a real estate transaction. My wife and I first met Susan in 2010 when she helped us buy our first home, a condo. We were so impressed by her deep local knowledge, tenacious negotiating, 24/7 efforts on our behalf, and clear guidance on the home-buying process that we didn’t consider going with anyone else when we decided to buy a 3-BR in our dream neighborhood. We were not disappointed. After a few weeks, we found the perfect house at the perfect listing price. We knew it would be competitive, but Susan and Alex provided expert advice on how to make the offer, and in the end, we provided terms just attractive enough to end the process in our favor, but no higher than final appraisal and just above what their agent later admitted was their line. They also did a fabulous job of staging and selling our condo, which netted $30K over selling price after six strong offers during just two-days of being on the market. They get amazing results and are a blast to work with. 
Susan and Alex are superstar agents. There is no one else I’d want on my side of a real estate transaction. My wife and I first met Susan in 2010 when she helped us buy our first home, a condo. We were so impressed by her deep local knowledge, tenacious negotiating, 24/7 efforts on our behalf, and clear guidance on the home-buying process that we didn’t consider going with anyone else when we decided to buy a 3-BR in our dream neighborhood. We were not disappointed. After a few weeks, we found the perfect house at the perfect listing price. We knew it would be competitive, but Susan and Alex provided expert advice on how to make the offer, and in the end, we provided terms just attractive enough to end the process in our favor, but no higher than final appraisal and just above what their agent later admitted was their line. They also did a fabulous job of staging and selling our condo, which netted $30K over selling price after six strong offers during just two-days of being on the market. They get amazing results and are a blast to work with.
Susan is a true client advocate who worked tirelessly on my behalf to ensure my purchasing goals were met. We hit some seller stumbling blocks along the way, and Susan used her experience and knowledge to ensure every box was checked on my behalf – She was my personal Bulldog. Her experience in the builder realm proved extremely valuable during the entire process.
When a property popped up in a neighborhood that she and I had scouted, Susan was there within the hour and insisted it was worth us leaving work to check out. If we had a less responsive Realtor, I am convinced that we would not have our amazing house now. Susan’s advice is invaluable. You need a Realtor that knows her stuff. And Susan does!
Susan responded immediately and impressed me with her patience and almost supernatural ability to find the perfect place for me despite some significant constraints (time, location, finances). I was not an easy case, but she never made me feel like I was a ‘burden’ or ‘not her first priority’. Above all, she treated me with respect and honesty.
Susan not only worked hard to help my wife and me find the perfect place, she was a dogged (and effective) negotiator on our behalf once we zeroed-in. She knows the market and knows the area, but best of all she knows how to play hardball and get things done—exactly what we needed in an agent.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that Susan did the work of both the buyer’s and seller’s agent, spotting and solving problems using a powerful combination of intuition and experience. She brought her impressive professional network to bear on one problem to such great effect that the buyer’s lender gave me–the seller–a closing cost credit. When does that ever happen? 
Susan was an invaluable part of my new home purchase from beginning to end. She quickly understood what I liked, previewed properties and showed me homes that fit our criteria. She made herself extremely available through the process and worked with us through every aspect of the transaction. Susan was so much fun as an agent that she took the anxiety out of the home buying process. I would work with Susan again in a heartbeat.

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