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House, Unknown Lead Paint, Renovations
The wife and I had an offer accepted on a house (yay us!). We have a regular inspection (plus radon) scheduled for this week. However, the house was built prior to 1978, which in MA means potential lead paint. Just about every window in the house has been replaced, and it looks like many of the doors have, too. The sills still appear painted, but just about everything in the house looks like there has been at least one fresh coat (I only noticed cracked paint in two areas, both of which were above 5ft on door frames). The current owner has never tested, nor do they have any knowledge of the status of lead paint.
If we didn't have the house tested, but wanted to have some renovations done down the road, would a contractor even take the job without knowing the lead status? If they did, would we need to ensure they were deleading certified to ensure they take the proper precautions just in case? Even if they had those credentials, would they do it without knowing the status? There are a few things we'd like to have done down the road (removing some closets and knocking down the wall behind them to expand rooms).
I understand the risks of not getting the house lead inspected, so my question isn't about whether or not I should. It's more about whether or not contractors would be willing to take a job on such a house and if asking them to do the work as if there was lead is something that is plausible.