Textured Paint over Plaster
My husband and I are considering buying a 1926 tudor-style home in a fantastic neighborhood with great schools. The house is a little bit expensive for the area and it doesn't appear at first glance to have been updated in a while. Of course, we will know more when we ask the realtor for specific information and when the inspector gives us a report.
However, I did notice something right away that is making me pause. The walls on the entire first floor, staircase and upstairs hallway of the house are textured with paint (see photo of ceiling in upstairs hallway). When I asked the realtor about this, she said she thought it was textured paint over the original plaster. Immediately, I'm wondering what is under that textured paint and what will happen if I want to someday remove that texture.
I have been reading lately about lead paint as I am pregnant at the moment. It's scary literature! I think the traditional method of removing textured paint is to sand down the texture, skim coat, sand again. But with lead paint probably under that texture, sanding is out of the question for a DIY-er. Also, I read it costs around $7K per room to have professionals remove paint from leaded walls. We do not have the budget for this.
As we consider whether we want to make an offer on this house or not, does anyone have some insight as to how to deal with the removal of texture paint in leaded plaster walls? Also, what might this paint be hiding?