To check on whether you need to refinish or just thoroughly clean older wood furniture, first try cleaning the piece a few times using a good furniture cleaner on a cotton cloth. Let it dry between tries. If the wood finish begins to clear, proceed with cleaning. If it remains dark, marred or alligatored, then refinish.
Federal law requires that individuals receive certain information before renting, buying, or renovating pre-1978 housing. Landords have to disclose known information on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before leases take place. Leases must include a disclosure form about lead-based paint. Sellers have to disclosure known informaion on lead-based paint and lead-based paint hazards before selling a house. Sales contracts must include a disclosure for about lead-based paint. Buyers have up to 10 days to check for lead.