A complete list of all State of Michigan certified Lead Inspectors/Risk Assessors can be viewed at Michigan.gov/leadsafe. Only Risk Assessors/Lead Inspectors in the following area codes were screened by the Detroit Enforcement Work Group: 313, 810, 586, 248 and 734.
Lead Inspector/Risk Assessors Recommended by the Detroit Enforcement Work Group
*Disclaimer: This is not an official list. Neither CLEARCorps/Detroit or the Detroit Enforcement Work Group is a governing body that is authorized to regulate or officially recommend Lead Inspector/Risk Assessors or firms in any way. Use at own discretion.
**List last updated on 10/1/2013**
Arch Environmental Group…..248-426-0165
Beaster Lead Inspection and Risk Assessment…..734-439-8558
The DAC, LLC…..586-291-1616
Environmental Testing Consultants…..734-955-6600
GS Group…..313-279-0449 Ext. 11
J. Watson & Associates…..313-516-4542
MJ Environmental Inc…..586-465-8126
Nova Environmental, Inc…..734-930-0995
RSM Lead Inspections…..248-595-2528
This is not a comprehensive list; as a customer you may want to pursue your own referrals. If so, we encourage you to ask the questions below when considering any Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor.
5 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor
1. Will you use an XRF to test paint?
Answer: an XRF is an essential tool for evaluating lead in paint. If they say “no” then avoid this Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor.
2 . Do you use a written contract?
Answer: A written contract is an important business document establishing the agreement between both parties. If the Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor says they do not use a contract, it is absolutely acceptable for you to ask the LI/RA to create one for you before you hire them.
3. How much will you charge me?
Answer: prices may vary greatly depending on the size and condition of the property to be inspected. Normally, each rental unit is priced separately. For a typical City of Detroit single family two story home with up to 2000 square feet prices will range from $400 -$650. A price much less than $400 is not likely to produce a quality report and probably won’t meet the requirements of the City of Detroit.
4 . Are you currently certified and in good standing with the State of Michigan?
Answer: any person performing Lead Inspections/Risk Assessments must be annually certified by the State Of Michigan, Lead and Healthy Homes Section. Do not use any person not certified by the State Of Michigan. For a list of certified lead professionals go to Michigan.gov/leadsafe.
5. Are you familiar with the City of Detroit Property Maintenance Code and its additional required paperwork?
Answer: In addition to laws and regulations set forth by of the State of Michigan, the City of Detroit has a Property Maintenance Code. As part of the Property Maintenance Code, rental property owners are required to get a Lead Inspection/Risk Assessment and a Lead Clearance in order to rent out their property. It would be best if your LI/RA was familiar with this code and the paperwork involved (reference the sample documents below).
Sample Documents and Additional Resources
These documents will give you a good idea of what a written contract and a final Lead Inspection/Risk assessment should include:
ADDITIONALLY, The City of Detroit requires the two documents below:
Make a complaint about a Lead Inspector/Risk Assessor or firm:
If you are unhappy with a LI/RA please make a complaint here. A staff member at the Michigan Department of Community Health will review your complaint.
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