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Landlords: Maryland

Maryland landlords can complete two separate types of inspections for lead-based paint. LeadProbe always starts by conducting a small survey of the property to determine which inspection is most appropriate for the home or apartment. 

Lead Free Lead Paint Inspection

This inspection uses an XRF tool to shoot an X-ray and see if there is lead-based paint present. If there is not any lead-based paint detected, we can issue a Lead Free report, and you have satisfied your legal obligations. 

Full Risk Reduction Report

This inspection is also known as a dust swipe inspection or lead safe inspection. The inspection is two parts. The first part is a visual inspection, and we will look for any defective paint inside of the property, on the exterior and in the basement. Then we can collect dust swipes to ensure that no lead-containing dust is present. After passing this inspection, you will be issued a certificate that is valid only for the current tenant. Each tenant change requires a new inspection. 

What to Expect

First, you can expect an email listing out everything that needs to be done to the property. Once the property passes inspection and we have received your MDE tracking number, you will receive a digital certificate by email and a hard copy by mail. Every inspection we conduct includes a follow-up inspection, so if anything fails, we will inspect the property again without a labor charge.

Multi-Unit Buildings

Depending on the regulations in your area, we might not need to inspect each apartment in your complex. Units are required to be selected using a random number generator, and if the inspected units are free of lead-based paint, the whole building will be considered lead free. 

In multi-unit buildings, common areas are grouped in with the exterior, so if lead paint is present, you will be eligible for a Limited Lead Free certificate instead of a Lead Free certificate as long as there is no defective paint anywhere on the exterior.

Landlords: Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. landlords have three separate types of lead-based paint inspections, depending on the presence or absence of lead paint. All of our inspections always begin with a brief survey of the property with an XRF gun to determine which of the three inspections is most appropriate. 

Lead Free Lead Paint Inspection

This inspection uses an XRF gun to shoot an X-ray and see if there is lead-based paint present. If there is not any lead-based paint detected, we will issue a Lead Free report, and you have satisfied your legal obligations. 

Clearance Report

This inspection is also known as a dust swipe inspection or lead safe inspection. The clearance inspection is two parts. The first part is a visual inspection, and we will check for any defective paint inside of the property, on the exterior and in the basement. Then we collect dust swipes to ensure that no lead-containing dust is present. After passing this inspection, you will be issued a Clearance Report. This inspection is required for all pre-1978 dwelling units that are or will be occupied or regularly visited by a child under 6 years old or by a pregnant woman.

Clearance Sampling Inspection

A Clearance Sampling inspection is completed after a lead abatement project to see whether or not lead-based paint or lead dust is still present on the property. A visual inspection will check for any defective paint, and dust swipes will be taken and tested for the presence of lead dust.

What to Expect

First, you can expect an email from LeadProbe listing everything that needs to be done to the property. Once the property passes inspection, you will receive a certificate by email and a hard copy by mail. Every inspection we conduct includes a follow-up inspection, so if anything fails, we will inspect the property again without a labor charge. 

Multi-Unit Buildings (10+ Units)

LeadProbe may not need to inspect each apartment or unit in your complex. Units are required to be selected using a random number generator. If the inspected units are free of lead-based paint, the whole building will be considered lead free. 

In multi-unit buildings, common areas are grouped in with the exterior, so if lead paint is present, you will be eligible for a Limited Lead Free certificate instead of a Lead Free certificate

Homeowners & Buyers

Are you an individual or real estate investor looking to purchase a Maryland or District of Columbia home built before 1978? Investing in a lead-based paint inspection for your peace of mind, or to satisfy local requirements, is a good idea.

Inspection Types

There are two types of inspections available for Maryland and Washington, D.C. homebuyers:

  1. XRF Lead Inspection: This inspection utilizes an XRF gun and X-rays to determine if the paint on the walls contains lead. We provide you with results on-site and follow up with a written report via email. This inspection is relatively brief, and a report can be created to give to a contractor to fulfill the EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting requirements. 
  2. Dust Swipe Inspection: Dust swipe inspections check for the presence of lead dust in a property. Samples will be taken and tested for lead levels higher than what HUD, MDE, EPA and DDOE recommend for residential properties.
Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)

The EPA requires all residential properties constructed before 1978 to have renovations completed by an RRP-certified contractor or have painted areas of the home tested for the presence of lead. Painted areas of the house that will be disturbed need to be free from lead-based paint, or the contractor must use lead-safe work practices. This inspection utilizes an XRF tool that checks walls for the presence of lead-based paint. We give verbal results as we inspect and follow up with a written report via email. 

Risk Reduction

Lead-based paint is not dangerous unless it is chipping, cracking or flaking and creating lead dust that could be inhaled or ingested. Risk reduction is essential if you are purchasing a property with lead-based paint present on the interior or exterior of the home.

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Property Managers

What sets LeadProbe apart from other Lead Paint Inspection Companies?
  • We can handle your business! 
    We have 7 inspectors accredited to perform both Lead Free (XRF) and Dust Swipe (Lead Safe) inspections.
  • We service the entire state of Maryland and Washington, DC.
    • We have been in business for 16 years and have performed over 50,000 inspections
    • We have professional liability and general liability insurance
    • We are licensed in Maryland and DC
  • Can’t get a hold of your current inspector?  
    We answer the phone 7 days a week.  If we don’t answer, we’ll return your phone call within 2 hours during normal business hours. 
  • Tired of waiting for info/certificates/reports from your inspector?  We have 4 administrative personnel to get your certs/reports to you in a timely manner
  • Can’t find your old certs?  
    We back up digital copies of your cert, multiple different ways. 
  • We perform inspections 6 days a week. 
    We get most of your inspections done within 48 hours. 
  • Do you have properties in Baltimore City or Baltimore County? 
    We can perform your City/County rental inspections at the same time as your lead paint inspection or at separate times. 
  • Have trouble getting communication from your current inspector? 
    We do the following:
    • Email you the day we perform the inspection with if it passes or what needs to be done
    • Email you an invoice the next day
    • Email you when it passes inspection
    • Email the Certificate or Report
  • Don’t know which type of inspection you need? 
    When we get to the property, we will spot check with the XRF gun. We’ll know within 5 minutes if there is lead paint or not.  If we can get you lead free, we will.  If we can’t, we’ll put the XRF gun down and do the dust swipes.   Either way, you’ll get the best inspection given the property’s circumstances.

Baltimore City Rental Inspections

A new law went into effect January 1, 2019, dictating that all rental properties are required to be licensed by the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD). All Pre-1978 rental properties also need a valid lead paint certificate. 

Baltimore County Rental Inspections

Baltimore County landlords must have rental inspections completed to keep property registration current. All properties built before 1978 must have an additional lead inspection conducted. 

Pricing

*could be higher based on size of house
Landlord/HomeownerBaltimore AreaOther Areas (Washington, D.C.)
 Book Your Inspection NowBook Your Inspection Now
Lead Free XRF Inspection$295*
(call for multi unit pricing)
$345*
Base Cost for Dust Swipe Inspection$65$75
Per-Swipe Cost$13$15
Baltimore City/County Rental Inspection
$150 for the first inspection,
$95 for each additional inspection
at the same time
(call for multi unit pricing)

Landlord/
Homeowner
Baltimore
Area
Other Areas
(Washington, D.C.)
 
Book Your Inspection Now


Book Your Inspection Now

Lead Free XRF Inspection$295$345
Base Cost for Dust Swipe Inspection$65$75
Per-Swipe Cost$13$15

 

Landlord/
Homeowner
Baltimore
Area
Other AreasFF
(Washington, D.C.)
 
Book Your Inspection Now


Book Your Inspection Now

Lead Free XRF Inspection$295$345
Base Cost for Dust Swipe Inspection$65$75
Per-Swipe Cost$13$15