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.
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.
1740 Albermarle Drive, Crofton, MD 21114 was recently listed within the Lake Louise neighborhood, just off the Crofton Parkway.
2 full baths, 2 half baths
3 finished levels
Large deck off the back
Located in the popular community of Lake Louise, this townhouse at the end of a circle off Crofton Parkway. With 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, 2 half baths, a fully finished basement and a large deck off the back- this home suits a wide range of buyers. Freshly painted throughout. Community has a lovely clubhouse w/ pool. This house is convenient for DC, Annapolis, Baltimore and Ft Meade commuters.
Aside from the great real estate the Crofton has to offer there are several attributes that bring buyers to the area. Here are a few that stick out:
1. Many home owners that commute to DC, Annapolis, Baltimore, and Ft. Meade daily choose to live in Crofton for the obvious. Look at the area map to the right. The red location drop is on Crofton.
2. Whether you are in the early stages of family planning or have a thriving family, schools are always a topic of discussion. In most cases, my home buyers with families put school districts on the top of their research. Private schooling can be expensive. Check out the ratings of the public schools in Crofton.
3. Along with school districts come sports leagues, right? Crofton has plenty around and at all sorts of competitive levels. Lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball, karate, rugby, etc- they are all here.
4. Not all perks are about work and family. The shopping in Crofton is ONLY getting better. With so many shops and restaurants to choose from, there’s something here for everyone. Gourmet grocery stores, upscale movie theaters, women’s specialty shops, athletic shops, housewares, and more, all within a central location.
For more infomation on 1740 Albermarle or other listings in the Crofton area, contact Suzie Coronel at 410.336.2569
Home buyers are paying attention to Catonsville, MD. It’s getting to be know for the best of both worlds. While the neighborhoods are considered Baltimore County, you are still in close proximity to the fun happenings in Baltimore city as well as Ellicott City. On top of the prime location, the Catonsville area of Westchester has well ranked school districts across the board with Westchester Elementary and Catonsville Middle and High.
609 Meyers Drive, Catonsville, MD 21228 is located in this perfected location.
2 full baths
Additional Sun room
Newly refinished hardwood floors & freshly painted
Huge fenced in back yard with large shed and playset
Immaculate home located on a fenced in corner lot. Come see this freshly painted, ready to move in home. The wood floors have been refinished and new carpet installed. Master bedroom has unique wooden beams across the ceiling and a newly updated master bath with duel sinks. Home has a lot of extras including a finished basement, wood burning fp, sun room, and a large play set in the back yard!
For the entire listing of 609 Meyer Dr click here. If you’d like more information please contact Suzie Coronel at 410-336-2569.