Cut Above Inspections and Testing LLC is a lead paint inspection services company founded by Keri-Dean Scarlett.

After several years and hundreds of lead-based paint inspections varying from paint chip sampling, post-abatement/renovation lead paint clearance sampling, and Portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) inspections of residential, public, and commercial buildings, Keri-Dean Scarlett founded Cut Above Inspections and Testing LLC and takes great pride in the journey and expertise we have acquired over the years. 


Cut Above Inspections and Testing LLC was derived from a necessity to address the growing demand for comprehensive lead paint inspection and testing services in New Jersey. With a strong background in the environmental industry and over seven years of experience, specifically in lead paint testing, we have built a solid reputation for delivering top-notch services.

Our primary goal is to cater to the needs of the local real estate industry, specifically real estate agents involved in buying, selling, and renting properties, property owners/managers, and homeowners. While we are not limited to these clients, they represent our most frequent and valued partners. We understand the importance of creating a safe environment for both occupants and residents, and we are here to support you every step of the way.


At Cut Above Inspections and Testing LLC, we offer an extensive range of lead paint inspection services tailored to meet the unique requirements of our clients. Our team of experts excels in the following areas:

  1. Lead-Safe Inspections: When it comes to Lead-Safe Inspections, our certified inspectors conduct thorough assessments of rental properties throughout New Jersey. We meticulously examine the condition of the unit’s paint, identifying any potential damage. In certain towns or cities, additional dust wipe samples may be required before a Lead-Safe Certificate can be issued. These samples are sent to a National Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP) certified lab for accurate analysis.

During Lead Safe Inspection After Lead Safe Inspection

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2. Post Lead Abatement/Renovation Clearance Sampling: Compliance with safety regulations is of utmost importance, which is why we offer post-abatement/renovation lead paint clearance sampling. Through the collection of dust, wipe samples from floors, windowsills, and sometimes window wells. We ensure that the area has been effectively remediated and is safe for habitation.

3. Paint Chip Sampling: Our expertise extends to paint chip sampling, a meticulous and comprehensive method used to collect paint samples. We carefully select inconspicuous areas and remove approximately 2 square inches of paint, sampling all layers down to the substrate. These samples are then sent to an accredited lab for thorough testing. This process allows us to identify potential hazards and provide appropriate recommendations for remediation.

When you choose Cut Above Inspections and Testing LLC, you can trust that you are partnering with a team of professionals who are committed to excellence. Our company boasts EPA/NJDOH-certified inspectors and risk assessors who possess extensive knowledge and experience in the field of lead paint testing. We adhere strictly to industry standards and regulations to ensure that our clients receive accurate and reliable results. Additionally, we are licensed by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (NJ DCA), further reinforcing our commitment to delivering exceptional service and maintaining compliance.

We are proud to be certified by the State of New Jersey as a Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Small Business Enterprise (SBE) company. These certifications validate our dedication to diversity, inclusivity, and service excellence. By choosing to work with us, you not only benefit from our expertise but also contribute to supporting minority-owned businesses within the local community.

Cut Above Inspections and Testing LLC is your trusted partner for certified lead paint inspections in the State of New Jersey. We are passionate about prioritizing the safety and well-being of our clients and are dedicated to delivering the highest level of service. Our team of EPA/NJDOH-certified licensed inspectors is available seven days a week for your convenience. To schedule an inspection or inquire about our services, please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 908-845-3353. 

Connect with us on Instagram and Facebook at @cutaboveiandt and visit our Facebook page at for the latest updates and valuable information on creating safer environments. We look forward to partnering with you to ensure the well-being of your properties and the people within them.

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