Well, our lead inspection is half done (he'll come back for the exterior tomorrow), and, lo and behold, our 100 year old house has lead on all the trim and all the old windows.
I am so frustrated, mostly because I CHOSE to do this inspection under no compulsion except that I want to protect my children better, but I am now still bound by the same laws that tell negligent landlords what they must do.
: Basically, the law says I have 60 days to correct our lead hazards. Um, yeah, 'cuz I have $20,000 sitting around... But, "happily" (
) enough, there is no enforcement for this, so, really, I can take as long as I take to find the money. I did the testing because I wanted to know what was the most important/urgent stuff to do. Now I can hire lead abatement professionals, or take a short class to get certified to do some work myself (!!!)
But it really bothers me that I went out of my way to do the right thing, but I feel penalized for that and am now limited to choose only certain contractors, etc.
Anyway, I'm all worked up. I'm having a cognac.
My little vice. (They always gave brandy to the person in the mystery novels who found the body, so that's what I drink. :roflmao)
If nothing else, I've discovered that the lead abatement service most highly rated by Angie's List takes MasterCard, so I can protect my children right away if I want to acquire some foolish, unsecured debt.
Okay, I think the cognac is talking more than just the usual willo. Pardon me everyone...