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How To Make Your Katy TX Home More Tranquil

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Katy TX Tranquil Home Space

Are you sick of your Katy TX home yet? With adults working from home, and kids schooling from home, a lot of homeowners are experiencing more time and stress in their home environment. Now is a great time to determine how to make your home more tranquil, a place where people want to hang out, and a place where you can melt your stress away!

As your Katy real estate agent, I’ve put together a few suggestions. Realtor Magazine shared that 32 percent of homeowners said they already had taken on both big and small DIY house projects during the pandemic, and 15 percent said they plan to soon. So, now is as good a time as any to make your house the home you prefer!

1.  Decide what relaxes you. Before you can create a nook to zen out in, you have to decide what your corner of paradise would look like. How do you like to decompress? Do you love to read? Do you love to take baths? Do you love to end the work day with a cocktail? Do you love spending time outdoors? This will help you plan your next move.

2.  Set aside space in your home. Decide where your tranquil nook will go. If you have a spare room, you can deck it out with whatever make you happy – Bookshelves, a comfy chair or couch, houseplants, etc. If you don’t have that much space to work with, what corner of what room could you move things around in? You put a desk in a closet to make a private-ish office, create a mini bar with a TV stand, make a spa in the bathroom with some candles and soft music, or hang a hammock outside.

3.  Create an atmosphere. Think about what will bring you the most joy, or relaxation, or whatever it is you’re going for. Think color schemes, such as bright colors to bring you a vacation-like feel, calm colors to feel zen, or neutral colors to help you focus. Add pops of color, such as flowers or plants, or throw pillows or rugs, to make the space feel homier.

4.  Organize. Clutter is shown to stress homeowners out, so find ways to organize. If your kids are spreading toys around, have color-coordinated bins for each type of toy, so it’s easier to put them away. Create a toy room, so the toys stay in one space. Dedicate a time of day, or a day of the week, to clean up clutter, so it remains manageable while our homes are ‘lived in’ more than usual.

More ideas: Create separations between your work space and living space, so the two don’t blend together and it still feels like you’re leaving work. Create space outside to enjoy, even if it’s just foldout chairs or a chair and table. Any type of sitting space outdoors can help lead you there. Create an inspiration board you can hang wherever need be, full of your favorite quotes, photos, etc.

How have you made your home more tranquil during the pandemic? Share a tip in the comments! If you’re ready to buy or sell in the Katy real estate market, give me a call. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to help guide you through the home-selling and/or home-buying process. Real estate never stops, so why should you put your goals on hold? Contact me, let’s discuss your options!

Mickie Cioccia | Broker Associate

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Prepare Your Katy TX Home for Holiday Hosting

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Holiday Hosting Tips for Katy TX Homeowners

Are you hosting the holidays at your Katy home this year? As your Katy real estate agent, I’m here to help you prepare! Here is a list to guide you along. You’ve still got a week, you can do this! The more you can prepare ahead of time, the more quality time you can spend with your guests.

1.  Declutter. Time is limited, so this isn’t like decluttering before a home sale. Leave the closets and inside of cabinets alone, just declutter the public areas and guest rooms. Make room in the foyer closet for coats or shoes, remove clutter from guest bedrooms, organize toys in bins, etc.

2.  Add lighting. It’s wise to invest in some nightlights for the bathroom, kitchen, guest rooms, or anywhere your guests might wander during the night. Motion-activated lighting outside is smart as well, as guests will come or go after the sun has set.

3.  Prepare bathrooms and sleeping spaces. Bathrooms will need to be cleaned whether guests are just visiting or staying overnight. Give them a good cleaning, remove clutter from counters, fill a basket with items a guest may need and place on countertop, and have extra toilet paper visible. Clean and prepare towels. Clean and prepare sheets, blankets and pillows. Have extra blankets available if guests get cold.

4.  Set up a breakfast station. If you have overnight guests staying, and you’re cooking a meal for the holidays, you won’t want to worry about breakfast as well! Set up a coffee station and cereal, pastries or whatever is easy to grab and eat. Have bowls, plates, mugs and silverware out so guests don’t have to go through all of your cabinets to find these items.

5.  Clean the kitchen. Every house guest will be making a trip into the kitchen at some point. Clean, clear away clutter on counters and tables, clean inside the refrigerator and microwave, and remove any old food or condiments in the fridge to make more space. Run the dishwasher so you have all of your dishware available and ready. Buy and prepare any food ahead of time that you can, so you’ll have less to do on the actual day.

6.  Hand out jobs. Don’t try to do everything on your own! Get the family involved, giving each person a job. (Some could be fun, like picking out a holiday playlist, or wrapping gifts.) Let your guests bring food dishes, beverages or desserts. Cookies, for example, are easy to transport and one less thing for you to worry about.

This season is all about spending time with loved ones and being grateful. Don’t stress too much, your guests know it’s a lot of work to host and will just be grateful that you are! As your Katy real estate agent, I hope you have a wonderful holiday with friends or family! Contact me when ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals, now or in the New Year.

Mickie Cioccia

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Prepare Your Katy Home for Holiday Guests

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Katy TX Holiday Home Prep

Are you hosting a holiday gathering at your Katy home in the coming week? Cooking all that food in your kitchen, and having that many people in your house, can take a toll on any homeowner! To help you prepare, as your Katy real estate agent, here are some tips I collected for you:

1.  Clean your kitchen appliances. Give your microwave a good scrubbing, especially if it is above the stove and acts as a ventilator. Use a degreasing spray on it, and on your stovetop, to prevent any grease fires. Clean the outside of the oven, but don’t use the self-clean cycle. This is hard on most ovens, and you don’t need that going out right before the big day!

2.  Prepare your refrigerator. Go through your condiments and toss anything that is expired. Eat leftovers leading up to your big holiday gathering, so that there is plenty of space for appetizers, dinner and leftovers. Organize and clean, as lots of people will be going in and out of the fridge.

3.  Prepare the bathroom. Clean, organize, declutter. Take everything off the sink that doesn’t need to be there. Then make a guest bathroom station with soap, lotion, extra towels, whatever you think a guest may need, so you don’t need to be bothered with these things on the big day. Keep a plunger and extra toilet paper handy as well!

4.  Prepare the entryway. Outside, make sure your front porch light is working, and consider lighting your walkway, so there are no slips on your guests’ way in. Inside, remove clutter from your foyer and consider a welcome mat for shoes, a coat rack, a bench where guests can remove shoes, etc.

5.  Child-proof the main living areas if you have lots of children coming. Move lamps, vases and other breakables from table edges. Block stairways to prevent falls. Purchase some plastic cups, or sippy cups, depending on the children’s ages.

6.  Set up a drink station. Drinks are something that most guests can handle on their own, so one less thing for you to manage. If guests are staying with you, set up a morning coffee station. For the gathering, set up a counter or table for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Have glasses, an ice bucket, utensils, beverages, garnishes, whatever you feel the need to include!

7.  Prepare appetizers and desserts ahead of time. Whether you need to cook or bake, or just set them up on a tray, do this before guests arrive to cut down on your to-do list. Consider a potluck too, so you have less cooking to worry about, and more merriment to enjoy!

8.  Set up extra seating. Set up chairs where you hope guests will hang out. Face furniture toward each other, to create ideal social situations. If you need more seating, ask your guests to bring some chairs!

The important thing is to stress less and enjoy more. As your Katy real estate agent, I wish you a happy holiday season! When ready to achieve your Katy real estate market goals in the New Year, give me a call!

Mickie Cioccia

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Create an Outdoor Oasis at Your Katy Home

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Tips for your Katy home’s outdoor space

With Memorial Day coming up this weekend, you might be in the mood to improve the outdoor space at your Katy home. Perhaps you’re even hoping to host a barbecue this weekend, or entertain guests in the months to come. If you’d like to sell your Katy home, maybe you’re thinking about how you could increase the value of your home and improve your home’s curb appeal.

As your Katy real estate agent, I am here to offer you suggestions for summer! Here’s where the experts recommend you focus your attention outdoors:

1.  Inspect and update decks and patios. Inspect to see if your deck or wooden patio is structurally sound. Repair or replace any wooden boards as needed. Then sand, stain and seal your deck so it remains in great shape all season. With a stone patio, check for missing pieces and fill them in as needed.

2.  Fill with furniture. What good is a beautiful outdoor space without a place to sit and enjoy it? If updating, choose weatherproof furniture that is both durable and comfortable. Some basics include a table with an umbrella and chairs, and some lounge chairs. Go all out with a hammock and fire pit.

3.  Add color and accessories. For a visually appealing outdoor spaces, consider investing in some bright colored cushions and pillows to accommodate your patio furniture. An outdoor rug is another great way to add vibrancy and comfort to your space, and it can help protect your deck or patio.

4.  Update your landscaping. Whether you love gardening or you’re more hands-off, there are landscaping options for you. Keep your lawn mowed, bushed trimmed and weeds pulled. Then decide whether you want extravagant gardens, just some mulch around trees, or pre-bought hanging baskets for color. Planting trees or shrubbery around the borders of your yard can provide extra privacy.

5.  Install outdoor lighting. Lighting is key for entertaining on summer nights! Strands of tea lights or bistro lights across your patio make for a great ambiance, while sensor or smart lights add extra security. The moonlight effect is gaining popularity, which is a naturalistic look that features lighting no more intense than a full moon. For more information on this, check out this HouseLogic article.

For more ideas for improving your yard, read this RISMedia article. For tips on how to improve the value of your outdoor space, check out this past blog post. This weekend is a great opportunity for working on your outdoor space. Soon, visiting your Katy home and spending time outside will be on everyone’s summer agenda!

When ready to sell your Katy home this summer, or when ready to buy a Katy home, give me a call! As your Katy real estate agent, I’ll be working all summer long to help you make your goals a reality in the Katy real estate market. Enjoy your holiday weekend, and then contact me to discuss your real estate goals this season!

Mickie Cioccia
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Trendy Design Options for Your Katy, TX Home

marble countertopOne of the biggest perks of owning a Katy home is that you can design it however you please! If you like to keep up with home decorating trends, allow me to offer you some suggestions for this year. As a Katy real estate agent, I think it’s important to note that trends come and go, so if you’re going to upgrade your Katy home with some of these, make sure they are ones that you will really enjoy!

Here are a few that are trending right now, via RISMedia:

  • Marble – Marble can make any home look more stunning and luxurious. You can use it for countertops in the kitchen or bathroom, or use it as accent pieces in the living room, such as a side table or marble clock. You can even use marble wallpaper or fabric to really make a statement!
  • Jewel Tones – Homeowners tend to appreciate neutral colors with a subtle amount of color added as an accent. Jewel tones are appealing to owners right now, from pastel shades to emerald greens and violets. The colors make a statement while still blending with natural outdoor hues.
  • Metallic – The contemporary home style shows a lot of metallic details with minimal accessories. These also add shimmer and can dress up a space. Examples include brass hardware on kitchen cabinets, a silver chandelier in the dining or family room, or outdoors, copper rain gutters or address numbers.
  • Subway Tiles – This sleek and urban look can be incorporated best in the kitchen and bathrooms, and is versatile enough to fit into numerous design styles. Go with dark grout to hide the dirt that may become visible. For a twist, install matte glass subway tiles!
  • Nailhead Details – This isn’t for everyone, but this style is making a comeback with furniture. If you love shopping at antique or thrift stores, you might find a great older piece that suits the modern appeal! Look for headboards or sofas with a nailhead design.

For more examples of trending home decorations and designs, check out this RISMedia article. Which of these is your favorite? Which is your least favorite? Leave a comment and share!

Like I said, sometimes by adding trendy decorations to your Katy home, you could attract more Katy homebuyers when you go to sell. Some could even increase your home value, such as marble and subway tile upgrades in the kitchen. However, it’s important to also realize that home design is a very personal thing, so if you go overboard, you could also turn away buyers or decrease your home value! Only add what most appeals to you, or what will increase your home value if selling in the near future.

Ready to sell your Katy home? Ready to buy a Katy home? No matter what your goals are in the Katy real estate market, I am here to help you achieve them! Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and let’s start working toward your goal before summer’s end!

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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.