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Help Sell Your Katy TX Home with These 7 Tips

Katy Texas is a great place to call “home” as it boasts a vibrant community, mild winters,  year round events, great schools, and plenty of wonderful restaurants, shops and area attractions.  As a Katy TX Real Estate agent, I thrive on introducing those relocating to the area, all that Katy TX has to offer.

As we approach spring, we’ll begin to see the Katy TX Real Estate market become more lively, and interested buyers will find their way to open houses and showings of their favorite homes on the market.  And, while there are a large number of buyers, there are also those that find themselves looking to sell their Katy TX home.  Whether due to a job transfer, other extenuating circumstances, or the opportunity to move into their dream home in Katy TX; sellers find the spring to be a great time to jump into the real estate market.

If you are planning on taking the next step in putting your home on the Katy TX Real Estate market, I wanted to point out some of the things you’ll want to do to get your home ready to sell.  Take a look!

1. Examine your Front Door:  Wear and tear from use, can leave front doors looking dingy and weak. Replacing doors with a more energy efficient door looks great and saves money on heating and air. Don’t want to spend a lot? A simple paint job will give your old door an updated and refreshed look.

2. Check the Foundation: Inspect the foundation of your Katy TX home for large cracks and shifts in the blocks. Seal large cracks and gaps between the foundation and concrete/earth and directly on the concrete.

3. De-Clutter: It’s easy to collect things in your home during the winter months, but spring is all about having a fresh start!  Take time to evaluate the things you really need to keep and those things that you can part with.  Then, establish an organization system.  Hardware stores offer a range of affordable shelving solutions.

4. Clean the Deck: Katy TX residents like to spend time outdoors in the milder seasons so having an outdoor space, whether it’s a patio or deck, acts as an extension of your home! You want this area of your home to really shine and reflect how you care for your home’s interior.  Remove grime, pollen, fungus and mildew by scrubbing the surface with a deck or patio cleanser.  Of course you’ll also want to brush off your outdoor furniture and create the living space that is attractive to buyers!

5. Get Rid of Mold: Examine your ceilings, attic, walls and bathrooms. If you do notice mold, you must identify the source of the mold before repainting. Ask a local contractor for help. When you are ready to repaint, use mold growth inhibitor paint made for high moisture areas.

6. Exterior Paint: Carefully scrape, prime and paint peeling spots on trim or woodwork. You’ll protect wood against summer’s heat and moisture and prevent a more difficult paint job come fall.

7. Add some green: The first thing guests notice when approaching your Katy TX home is color, light and symmetry. When adding new shrubbery, keep it symmetrical. Change outdoor light bulbs to energy efficient bulbs. It is amazing what some flowers, light and fresh paint can accomplish for the first impression of your Katy TX home!

I hope these tips will help you as you prepare to sell your Katy TX home!  I know it can seem overwhelming at first, but getting your home ready now will ensure a smoother process when it comes to putting your home on the market.

If you have questions about the Katy TX Real Estate market, or you’d like to learn more about selling your home; I would be happy to talk with you!

Mickie Cioccia
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Six Ways to Spruce Up Your Katy, TX Home Using Staging!

Numerous studies have shown that staging techniques make a home sell faster, and in my experience as a Katy, TX real estate agent, I’ve seen similar results. I encourage my seller clients to utilize staging in their Katy, TX real estate transaction in order to showcase their home in the best possible light as a buyer walks through it. If you use this tactic the right way, the home buyer should be able to insert themselves and their possessions into your home during the initial showing. If you can achieve this, you will have more offers coming in the door early-on in the process.

Throughout my many years of experience in selling homes in the Katy, TX real estate market, I’ve noticed that there are a few staging secrets that will make your property stand out from the competition. Here are the six most effective:

1.    Neutral paint. Some rooms in your home might be in dire need of a paint job, and re-painting is a relatively inexpensive upgrade. You will, however, want to stick with neutral colors in order to draw attention to other distinguishing features of the room, such as how spacious it is, the various things that it can be used for, the gorgeous fireplace or stainless steel appliances, and other amenities. This is what will reel the buyer in, not the paint color of the room. If you go with a color that is too bright, it can actually be distracting and draw attention away from these distinguishing qualities, so you’d be wise to stay more neutral if you repaint.

2.    Have every room be furnished, but don’t over-do it. Leaving a room empty is unwise because it’s difficult for a buyer to imagine what they can do with a large, empty space. Having too much furniture won’t work either because it will take the buyer’s imagination away, and all they’ll be able to see is what you’ve done with it. The solution is to have neutral, nice-looking furniture in each room that doesn’t overcrowd the space.

3.    Utilize your TV for something other than your favorite shows. If you have a mounted, flat-screen television, use it! Play slideshows of photos of nature or your home to add something a little extra to the buyer’s showing experience. Many others in the area may not think to do this, so it’d be a great way to truly stand out from your competition.

4.    Fill in the walls a bit. You don’t want over-the-top artwork or large family portraits hanging on the walls, because that can over-personalize the home and keep the buyer from visualizing themselves as your property’s new owner. You should, however, utilize soothing artwork, mirrors and small family photos to fill up the wall space. This will make your property look more inviting as a whole. Once again, you don’t want to over-do it, but some small touches here and there will make your home look nice.

5.    Fresh cut flowers will make the place feel more inviting. Not only will they make your home smell delicious, but they will also make a room look complete and comforting. Strategically place these floral arrangements throughout the home for a more tied-together look. They would make great centerpieces for prominent tables and countertops throughout your home.

6.    Keep the bedrooms gender-neutral. Some buyers may not have children, or may have kids of different genders than yours. The more gender-neutral each bedroom, the easier it is for a buyer to envision it being used for their family’s needs. Décor that is too gender-specific can be distracting and will actually turn a lot of buyers off.

As a Katy, TX real estate agent, I make these staging suggestions to my seller clients in order to ensure that their home gets sold quickly and for the best possible value. These insider secrets will take your staging efforts to a new level, and they’ll be instrumental to you standing out from your competition. Make sure you stage during your Katy, TX real estate transaction.

If you have any questions about staging your home on the Katy, TX real estate market, or would like to know more about the home selling process, don’t hesitate to contact me and ask. I’d be thrilled to help you! I hope to hear from you soon.

Mickie Cioccia
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realized they had found the perfect place for their clients to raise a family...and for their clients parents to enjoy the Grandchildren! Katy boasts great Active Senior options like Heritage Grand (a 55+ section of Cinco Ranch) and The Solana at Cinco Ranch, wonderful family amenities like parks, playgrounds, golf courses, lakes, fishing, boating, nature walks, and short drives to the beach and Hill Country. the Katy area is a great place to enjoy the weekend. Simply put Katy has it all! Area Tour" with you and show you why they feel Katy Real Estate is the best place in the Houston area to live, work. and play! You will see schools, great luxury family subdivisions, shopping facilities, highway options, and wonderful restaurants! Cross Creek Ranch: Cross Creek Ranch is the newest Master Planned Community in the Katy Real Estate area but is quickly catching on with those looking for a little slower pace

While still having lots of amenities and wonderful school options. Developed by the same people who brought us Grand Lakes, Cross Creek Ranch has a wide variety of homes and prices. This community is an easy commute to I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Kelliwood: Kelliwood is a beautiful group of subdivisions off S. Fry Rd. A wide range of homes and home prices can be found here. From Custom Gated sections like LakeForest that are comprised of all estate homes...to smaller patio homes that border the Willow Fork Country Club. The short commute times appeal to a wide range of buyers! Green Trails: Green Trails is a large Master Planned Community that borders I-10, S. Fry Rd, and Baker Rd. It is full of amenities for the family, is close to I-10 and the Houston Energy Corridor, and has a variety of styles and price ranges from small one story homes up to Custom Estates...no matter what you are looking for it will be easy for you to carve out your slice of Green Trails! Silver Ranch: A fairly new master planned community located in area that some folks believe is the best part of all of Katy Real Estate.

Silver Ranch is only a short drive away from Katy Mills Mall and is located in the highly acclaimed Katy Independent School District. The community is approximately 3 miles from both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Lavish homes ranging from the $140's to $300's make the community very affordable for growing famililies or empty nesters. Silver Ranch is conveniently located for access to major employers in the energy corridor and has easy entree to South West Houston, Sugarland, West Park Tollway along with numerous park and ride bus lots that have express service to downtown Houston. When this community is completed it will be home to about 1,500 families. Amenities include Six Lane Jr Olympic Pool , Stone Grill Children's Splash Pad, Tennis Court, Playground and Swing Set, Outdoor BBQ Pavilion and numerous Walking Trails.

Seven Meadows: Seven Meadows is a Master Planned Community that was developed by the same people who put Cinco Ranch on the map! It is located right off HWY 99 (the Grand Parkway) with short commutes to both I-10 and the Westpark Tollway. Pools, parks, a movie theater, work out facilities, and nature trails are all part of this great community!


Katy is a city located in Harris, Fort Bend and Waller Counties in the U.S. state of Texas, within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. The population was 11,775 at the 2000 census.

Katy, suburb of Houston, Texas, is named for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad (commonly referred to as the "K-T Railroad", now a part of Union Pacific) that ran through Katy in the 19th century. Katy was once known as Cane Island. The name is derived from Cane Island Creek which runs just west of downtown. Cane Creek is a branch of Buffalo Bayou. The origins of the name Cane Island are believed to be from the fact that Katy was once a major sugar cane producer and rice producer. To commermorate the importance of rice to the Katy community, the Chamber of Commerce holds the Rice Harvest Festival every second weekend of October.

Katy was recently the location of one of the ten large red balloons in the DARPA Network Challenge on December 5, 2009. The balloon was stationed in Katy Park.

In 2009 the Gadberry Group named Katy as one of nine "9 from 2009" most notable high growth areas in the United States.
After a low income apartment complex was proposed for development in an adjacent unincorporated area, in 2010 the Katy City Council passed a resolution stating that the development would decrease property values.[5] The plans for the complex were canceled.