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Simple Staging Tips for Katy Home Sellers

Katy TX Home Sellers

Staging Tips for Katy Home Sellers

When it comes time for you to sell your Katy home, give me a call, your Katy real estate agent! I can answer any questions you may have and can guide you through the entire home-selling process.

One of the easiest ways to attract potential buyers to your Katy home is to stage your home to sell. How much you stage is up to you, but there are some really simple steps you could take to improve the look of your home in photos and in person. These tried-and-true techniques help potential buyers imagine themselves living there.

1.  Make the first impression count. Most buyers see a photo of the front of the house first, and that is obviously what they will see first when visiting in person. Take some time to spruce up the front exterior and front entryway. Paint the front door, power wash the siding, and flank the entry with flowers pots.

2.  Swap out decorations. If you’ve got family photos or children’s artwork hanging on your walls, remove these personal items and swap them out for some neutral artwork. Ask your agent how much she recommends you hang on your wall. Landscaping prints are always a safe bet!

3.  Improve the furniture. If your rooms are overcrowded with furniture, remove some so your rooms are portrayed in the best light. Rearrange furniture so that they face each other and create social settings. If your furniture is really worn out, trade it in for newer items, or consider new pillows or slipcovers.

4.  Neutralize. If you’ve got any bold, out-of-the-ordinary design styles going on in your Katy home, consider neutralizing them, in order to appeal to the largest number of buyers. This may mean repainting some of your rooms a more neutral color, and removing any bold home accessories.

5.  Spend time on the kitchen. Buyers love their kitchens, so spend time making this room look spotless and attractive. Remove all clutter from counters and cabinets. Deep clean everything, from floors to grout lines. Display a few key items, such as a bowl of fruit or a vase of fresh flowers.

6.  Clean the bathrooms. Buyers also pay close attention to bathrooms. This is another area where you’ll want to remove as much clutter as possible, and really give it a deep cleaning. Once that is done, display a few items, such as clean white towels in a basket on your sink.

7.  Improve the backyard. Buyers love their outdoor space, so be sure to make your backyard look as inviting as possible. Wash your deck or patio, and stain or paint if necessary. Arrange patio furniture in an inviting way. Mow and water your lawn so it’s nice and lush. Store away lawn toys or tools.

These steps will get you well on your way to attracting buyers to your listing! When ready to sell in the Katy real estate market, or if you have questions about the home-selling process, contact me, your Katy real estate agent. I am here to help!

Mickie Cioccia

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Staging Secrets for Katy, TX Home Sellers

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Staging Secrets for Katy Home Sellers

Are you gearing up to sell your Katy home soon? You can do it this holiday season! This KCM Crew points out five reasons why the holiday season is actually an excellent time to sell. As your Katy real estate agent, I am here and ready to help you, no matter when you choose to sell. Just give me a call and we’ll get started!

Even if you choose to wait until after the holidays, you can still begin to prep your Katy home for a sale, and to properly stage it. If you watch HGTV’s ‘Fixer Upper’ then you will be excited to know that Joanna Gaines has published her first book. She’s also shared some home-staging tips she’s come up with over the years while working in home improvement.

Here are the four tips to keep in mind when selling your Katy home:

  • Don’t include too much furniture. Often, homeowners will add furniture to a room, to show how much can fit and how many people can hang out there. However, too much furniture can make a room look smaller and cluttered. Joanna recommends no more than three large pieces in each room, to make a room feel more open.
  • Clean up. This one is a given, but some home sellers still don’t do it! If you want Katy homebuyers to fall in love with your home, it has to be clean. A buyer won’t be able to look past the dirt to see the potential! Plus, they’ll see that you love and care for your house, and that could make them want it more.
  • Don’t stuff clutter into closets. While cleaning, it’s tempting to throw all of your clutter into closets. After all, that’s what many of us do before a holiday gathering at our house! However, unlike holiday guests, buyers will definitely look in the closets to check for storage space. Declutter ahead of time, and get rid of anything you no longer need or use. In a pinch, opt for under the bed rather than in a closet.
  • Remember your home’s exterior. As Katy homeowners, we spend most of our time inside the house, so sellers can sometimes forget to stage their exterior. But this is the first part of the house a buyer will see, and first impressions stick! Power-wash the driveway and siding, display a few potted plants by the front door, and consider updating the address numbers, mailbox, front door or any other outdated items.

For more tips from Joanna of ‘Fixer Upper,’ check out this Realtor.com article. When you are ready to sell your Katy home, either this holiday season, or early next year, contact me! As a Katy real estate agent, I am ready to help you as soon as you are ready to sell.

Mickie Cioccia
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Clean Your Home Fast As a Katy Home Seller

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Quick cleaning tips for your Katy home

Are you ready to sell your Katy home this fall? As a Katy home seller, you will need to prepare your home for a sale. This means you need to declutter, depersonalize, deep clean and stage your home to sell. As your Katy real estate agent, I can help you through each of these processes if need be!

Once your home is clean, staged and ready to go, you will need to maintain that cleanliness for weeks, or months, for showings and open houses. As a homeowner, I’m sure you can guess that it’s easier said than done! That is especially true if you have kids or pets, or just a very busy schedule.

To help you out, I’m going to share tips on what you can focus on when you have little time to clean and prepare your Katy home for a showing. Do you only have two hours? One hour? Half an hour? You can still make your home look presentable! Just follow these tips.

If you have a showing in only half an hour, here is what you can do with your limited time:

  • Tidy up common areas, such as folding throw blankets, fluffing pillows, stacking magazines and throwing loose papers in a drawer. Have a place to store clutter ahead of time, so you can throw it in there momentarily!
  • Wipe down sinks and countertops in the kitchen and in bathrooms.
  • Move dishes into the dishwasher.
  • Empty garbage bins and take out the trash.
  • Make the beds.

Now, if you have an hour to clean your house, do the above list, and add these tasks to it:

  • Vacuum the carpets and sweep the floors.
  • Clean the toilets and tidy up the bathrooms in any other way that you can.
  • Clear and dust all surfaces.
  • If you notice any odors in the home, consider lighting a scented candle.

If you have two hours to clean your house, do all of the above tasks, and add these tasks:

  • Mop the floors and wipe down the baseboards.
  • Clean the bathtub and shower.
  • Clean out the fridge and microwave.
  • Tidy the entryway closet and bedroom closets.
  • Wipe down all of the mirrors.

These tips came from a My Domaine blog post and are a great way to keep track of the cleaning tasks that need to be completed before a home showing! Now, if one area of your house needs more work than another, by all means, switch up the order of importance of these tasks. Create your own task lists with the amount of time you have. Just have a plan in order, so that when it comes time to clean and then head out of your home, you’re ready.

Keep in mind that these tips work great when you’re expecting company too! As a Katy homeowner, it’s always a good idea to have a house-cleaning plan in the works.

Ready to sell your Katy home? Contact me, your Katy real estate agent, and we can get you started with the home-selling process this fall!

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.