Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Calm Before a HUGE Storm
In the Tulsa World newspaper this morning on the front page was the article, "Certification scramble New rule on lead paint starts Thursday". There was another short story last week or so but it is basically new laws by the EPA that will effect everyone, TRUST ME! This will be a paperwork nightmare for all involved and will cost everyone more than they are willing to pay for remodeling. The article states, "The new regulations stipulate that every home, child-care facility and school built before 1978 be tested for lead paint by a certified contractor before renovations are performed, including painting, plumbing, and window and electrical work." First, there is only one certified contractor in the STATE! Second, the painting, plumbing, window and electrical contractors did not know this was coming. This was a blindside and failure to comply can cost $37,500 per incident for the contractor and licensing will not be approved until certified. This will obviously trickle down to the homeowners and can possibly hurt any remodeler. The construction industry has been hit very hard this past year this will only cause more problems. We/everyone is now scrambling to comply and a lot of jobs may be shut down because of the new rules. This could the like the fiasco that was asbestos some years ago. We will have to see how it all goes. Hang on all as this is going to be a bumpy ride!