Old Houses, Lead and Young Kids - What should we do?
We're looking for some feedback about our situation.
We live in an historic home, have very young children and have been dealing with lead issues for both of them (despite extensive testing we're not really sure exactly what the source is - windows are all original and this seems to be the main concern). We love our home, thought we would live here for a very long time, approached everything up to this point that way and had many plans to continue restorations.
However, when our second child's levels were double what our first child's were, we came to a screeching halt and put plans on hold. We put it up for sale and started to look for a different home.
We now have a written offer on our home and have another home that we've been negotiating on (10 year old home that is what I would call a "reproduction victorian" - has things our home doesn't have like a masterbath, attached garage, safe quiet neighborhood but the layout is not what we desire and we haven't found anything else that would be a better fit).
All signs point to us moving on and everything is falling into place. Except that we are having a difficult time seeing ourselves living somewhere else. It would be a big change in who we have become and of course it's different and unknown. The few people we talk to are encouraging us to move on mainly because of the lead issue. This is our biggest concern as well. Others are shocked and think we're crazy for selling our property.
Is there any way we can continue to live in the historic home with peace of mind?
If not, how do we readjust our purist, old home love to accept the new home?
Is there anyone who's been in this situation and moved or figured out a way to make their home safe?
Any other feedback would be appreciated.
This has been very emotional for us in so many ways.