PROTECTING KIDS - HELPING LANDLORDS
Preparation tips for Dust Wipe Inspection
The Lucas County (Toledo) Health district has produced a great one page guide to cleaning your property prior to your inspection.
Trying to cram your test into a tight time frame once you have filed eviction on a tenant is difficult and expensive. There are scheduling concerns, lab and report timing and above all tenant difficulties during a difficult time in the relationship. Landlords are advised to get their certificate long before an eviction is filed while the landlord-tenant relationship is pleasant.
PbFreeOhio offers pre-exam consultations for $150 per hour. We will review the property and advise of concerns that could be a red flag during the exam. While not a guarantee of exam passage, it will give the owner the knowledge of what will be looked for during the exam.
Once any recommendations from the Assessor are complete, the exam itself can be scheduled.
When there are wooden windows in the property we are required by law to take two swipes per room, one from the floor and one from the window well. The window well is NOT the same as the window sill. The sill you can reach without opening the window. To get to the window well, you will need to open the window. The window well is the area that the window closes down on top of. It is the spot where the sash hits bottom when the window closes.
The window wells can be very challenging to get passed. Please do the following:
Preparing Basement Floors
Basement floors of unfinished concrete are very difficult to get passed as any lead dust that has been down there for the last 50 years is probably still there and even if you clean it really well, it can still fail. If the swipe only fails by a little bit, then cleaning is fine. If the swipe fails by a lot, then our recommendation is to paint the basement floor (I can give you a recommendation). Painting the basement floor seals in the lead dust and makes the floor easier to clean for future inspections, but if the paint starts to peel you’ll need to paint again. Some clients cover the paint with a sealer which works well but is also more expense.