Sometimes I wonder if the inventor of form stone was related to the inventor of fake wood paneling? Lol. It never fails when showing clients row homes in Canton, Fells Point, Brewers Hill, Butchers Hill, Patterson Park, Federal Hill and Locust Point, if the facade form stone or brick is painted, the first thing my Baltimore City buyers ask is “how much is it to remove the form stone and repoint the brick”. Most Baltimore city investors don’t even consider leaving the form stone and little by little home owners are doing the same. But what’s the process and what does it cost?
I purchased my own house in 2001. I renovated the entire house EXCEPT the rear exterior brick. Until just recently it was all painted power blue. Last fall I decided that it was time to get the entire back repointed. I knew it wouldn’t be a cheap job but knew it needed to be done. Since last November I’ve probably called 15 masonries for quotes. I probably got return calls from 10 and about 8 showed and gave quotes. A couple of the masons told me that they wouldn’t touch it because of the lead paint. I didn’t argue it because I didn’t want to hire someone for a large job and they not want the work. The quotes that I did get came in as low as $5500 on up to over $24k!
In February I hired Detailz Construction Corporation. My point of contact through the entire process was Ilan Goldberg. Goldberg was quick to respond to phone calls, text messages, and emails. His crew started on a Monday and finished the following Monday, due to a little mid week rain delay. Detailz required 1/3 payment to start the job, 1/3 mid way through, and final payment once complete. Goldberg’s crew was friendly. It was so cold and rainy but they worked full days on the house. After the first day, I could start seeing the results. Every evening when the crew was done they cleaned up their tools and the back of my house as best as the job would allow.
It’s a very dusty job. I have 5 windows and 3 doors at the rear exterior surrounded by brick, it was no surprise that the red brick dust was going to come into the house. A neighbor that shares my rear exterior wall also felt the dust of the construction. She was upset, so I contacted Goldberg right away to see if there was anything his crew could do for her. His response was immediate. In fact, he called my neighbor right away to assure her that they would clear the brick dust that had gone onto her property.
I tried to keep track of the process so that I could share this with clients.
Process for Removing Stone Form in Baltimore
First couple of days:
If you are looking at buying a house with form stone or have a home you are getting ready to sell with form stone, please don’t hesitate to contact me, Suzie Coronel.
When Maryland home buyers hire me as their agent in the search for their
“Forever” home, I know that there will be other factors that will be important other than just the house.
1. Location, zip code, neighborhood
The not-so obvious:
1. Are school districts important?
2. How large is the family or expected family?
3. Any special needs? For ex. will there be an In-law that frequents or will be living there also?
4. Location of office and the preferred commute?
5. Do you prefer land or hoping for neighborhood playmates?
Frederick County is attractive for many reasons. I just listed a single-family brick colonial at 7019 Allington Manor E, Frederick, MD 21703, for $424,900.00.
2 car garage
New deck off the back
Home backs up to the woods
The not-so obvious:
Elementary & Middle School districts: Ballenger Creek
High School district: Tuscarora High
All 5 bedrooms are on the second level
In-law suit in the basement complete with kitchen, laundry, & full bath
Convenient to 270
Convenient to Fort Detrick
Neighborhood HOA includes a community pool
If you’d like to request more info on this house or to schedule a personal tour, contact Suzie Coronel.
Even as a full-time, 13+ year Maryland Realtor it’s tough to know all of the neighborhoods across the state. Throughout the years I’ve come across some rather nice pockets. As I take buyers around to showings, without going into each home, you can’t help but notice neighborhood details. Are the other homeowners taking care of their yards? Do all the houses look the same? If my clients have small children, are there other children around? Does the neighborhood offer easy access to major beltways? Can you hear the traffic from the outside?
When I have clients interested in the Pikesville area, Sudbrook Park is one of the neighborhoods that always pops into my mind. Situated in a residential area Sudbrook Park is quite pocket convenient to 695 and shopping centers. As you drive around, it’s typical to see folks tending to their properties as well as some renovations in the works.
This single-family home located at 913 Olmstead Road, Pikesville, MD 21208 is new to the market and offers a
lot to a buyer for under $250k:
- 4 bedrooms
- 2 full baths
- large sunroom addition
- renovated kitchen
- hard wood floors
- wide open basement
Located in the desirable SUDBROOK PARK neighborhood, this cape cod offers additional living space with an added sun room off the kitchen as well as added dormers in the 2nd level bedrooms. The kitchen and upper level bath were also redone. The basement of this home is a wide open blank canvas. The sun room addition spills out into a back deck and surrounding yard, excellent for entertaining.
If you are more intersted in seeing what this home has to offer, please don’t hesitate to contact Suzie Coronel for a private showing.
Nothing is ever easy when you have to deal with your state and local governments.
The Homestead Tax Credit is no exception, but is worth the hassle and frustration. This credit was issued to help homeowners deal with large assessment increases on their principal residence. You only need to submit your application once.
The biggest condition on getting the credit is this:
Dwelling must be the owner’s principal residence and the owner must have lived in it for at least six months of the year, including July 1 of the year for which the credit is applicable, unless the owner was temporarily unable to do so by reason of illness or need of special care. An owner can receive a credit only on one property—the principal residence.
What does this mean?
It’s now 2018. If you purchased your home July 2, 2017 OR AFTER, your credit will be able to go into effect July 1, 2018. I tell my Maryland home buyers to apply when you purchase but also check again at the begin of the next year and to sure your application went through.
What you need to apply:
1. Find your Identification/Real Property Account Number on the sdat search
2. Find your county code below:
County Code (2 digits):
Anne Arundel – 02
Baltimore City – 03
Baltimore Co. – 04
Calvert – 05
Caroline – 06
Carroll – 07
Cecil – 08
Charles – 09
Dorchester – 10
Frederick – 11
Garrett – 12
Howard – 14
Kent – 15
Montgomery – 16
Prince George’s – 17
Queen Anne’s – 18
Somerset – 20
St. Mary’s – 19
Talbot – 21
Washington – 22
Wicomico – 23
Worcester – 24
If you are mailing in your application this is all you need.
If you are applying online, you’ll need a “Access Number”. You can’t get this online. You can to call 410-767-2165. Tell them you are applying online and need your Access Number.
Once you have this number, go thru the prompts online and submit.
*****Tricks to the Real Property Account Numbers:
The number is based on County Code _ _, Assessment District _ _, Account Number _ _ _ _ _ _
BUT if you are in Anne Arundel County the code is:
County Code _ _, District _ _, Subdivision then Account Number _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
BUT if you are in Baltimore City the code is:
County Code _ _, Ward _ _, Section _ _, Block _ _ _ _, Lot _ _ _
Like most applications, the process looks more complex than it really is, reach out to me if you need some help!
There are so many worthwhile charities, but we can’t contribute to them all. This year I’ve decided to focus on a local one. With all of the political controversy over the National Anthem combined with my military family, I’ve decided to put my volunteer efforts and donations to From House To Home: Furniture Drive for Veterans. This is a locally run non-profit that provides affordable housing in/around the Baltimore community, but they focus mainly on veterans and first responders. Here I can be sure that my community is directly benefiting.
When members of this community get placed, in most cases they don’t have any furniture or cookware. This is where we can assist. The first Saturday of every month we’ll pick up items for anyone who cannot bring donations to us; then when someone is in need, the team will put together a truck load and deliver!
As a Realtor in the Baltimore and surrounding areas, so many seller(s) have acquired a ton of furniture and kitchen items over the years. This is a perfect way for clients to donate without really having to leave the house. When listing your house, decluttering a key. Do you need 4 pots, 3 pans, and 2 coffee makers? And that barely used couch in the basement that you want to replace in the new house, we’ll pick that up too!
Looking to donate? CLICK HERE
Looking to volenteer? CLICK HERE
What items are we looking for? CLICK HERE
Need more information on the From House To Home can help you or want to get involoved helping out, contact Suzie Coronel.