Maryland Lead Paint Inspection Checklist
The following should be done before the Lead Paint Inspector comes to perform the inspection:

1. MDE Registration Application & MDE Tracking Number

The owner/property management company should print out the MDE RENTAL PROPERTY REGISTRATION, fill it out and mail it back to the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE). There will be a fee of $15.00 (per unit) required when submitting this form. Then contact MDE for a MDE Tracking Number. You can call (410) 537-3825 to obtain the tracking number.

2. Perform all maintenance to the property

All maintenance should be performed prior to the Lead Paint Inspection. When our inspectors come to your property, we are looking for pealing, chipping and flaking paint on the interior and exterior of the property. If any of these are found, the inspection will fail the visual review and no dust samples can be taken until these problems are fixed.

3. Clean the property

The property should be cleaned thoroughly. The inspector will be collecting lead dust samples. Please place extra emphasis to all floors, window wells and sills. These are the places our inspectors collect their samples and often people fail because they didn’t clean thoroughly.

4. Schedule your Lead Paint Inspection

Call or visit Advance Home Inspection website to schedule your Lead Paint Inspection. We do require a 48 hour notice because MDE requires that they are notified 24 hours prior to the inspection.

If the following steps are taken prior to scheduling your inspection, it will ensure that Advance Home Inspection can provide prompt service to your clients.

Suggestions To Help Prepare For Your Lead Paint Inspection
Make sure that no painted surfaces are chipping, pealing or flaking. Painted surfaces should be intact.

Remove all construction-related debris from the site.

Ensure that the area 24”-48” surrounding the foundation is clear of paint chips.

Thoroughly vacuum the interior of the property, ideally with a HEPA vacuum or high quality vacuum.

After vacuuming, clean all surfaces in the unit with standard household detergent (Palmolive, Simple Green, etc). Change the wash water frequently to reduce cross contamination.

Pay special attention to all window sills, window wells, door casings, and floors.

After wet cleaning vacuum the entire area using a HEPA or high quality vacuum.

Visually inspect the unit and the soil outside the unit to ensure that all areas are free of debris and dust

Maryland Lead Paint Inspection Laws
Why do we need a Lead Paint Inspection?

Maryland’s Reduction of Lead Risk in Housing law requires owners of rental properties built before 1950 to register their units with Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE), distribute specific educational materials, and meet specific lead paint risk reduction standards at certain triggering events. Owners who are in compliance with this Maryland law are eligible for limited liability protection. This protection is also available for owners of rental units built after 1950 through 1978 if they choose to participate and meet the same requirements (“opt-in”).

The law provides liability relief to property owners who meet minimum risk reduction standards through a qualified offer. Compensation is capped at $17,000: up to $9,500 for relocation benefits and up to $7,500 for uncovered, medically necessary expenses. Insurance companies are required to include liability coverage for registered and certified properties.

Where Lead Paint is Found?

In general, the older your home, the more likely it has lead-based paint. Many homes in Maryland built before 1978 have lead based paint. In 1978, the federal government banned lead-based paint from housing. Lead can be found in any home, inside and outside the house, in soil around a home. (Soil can pick up lead from exterior paint, or other sources such as past use of leaded gas in cars.)

Lead is most likely to be a hazard in paint chips, which you can see, and lead dust, which you can’t always see. Lead-based paint that is in good condition is usually not a hazard. Peeling, chipping, chalking, or cracking lead-based paint is a hazard and needs immediate attention. Lead-based paint may also be a hazard when found on surfaces that children can chew or that gets a lot of wear and tear, These areas includes: windows and window sills, doors and door frames, stairs, railings and banisters, and porches and fences.

Lead dust can form when lead-based paint is dry scraped, dry sanded, or heated. Dust also forms when painted surfaces bump or rub together. Lead chips and dust can get on surfaces and objects that people touch. Settled lead dust can reenter the air when people vacuum, sweep, or walk through it. Lead in soil can be a hazard when children play in bare soil or when people bring soil into the house on their shoes.

What should we do to protect ourselves?

Allow Advance Home Inspections to perform your Lead Paint Inspection. Call (410) 297-7000, e-mail (, or click here today to schedule your appointment.