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Preparing Your Fox Valley Home for the Market

by The Rullo Team

It takes work to prepare your home for success on the market......but putting that work in now will yield greater rewards in the end! These tips will be your guide to help get you the best return on your investment, your home.

 

Get an Inspection

Although your property may look up to par, it is beneficial to be aware of any potential problems that may come up later in the process. Every time a buyer walks through the door, they will be looking for the slightest reason to lower the price. The best way to eliminate this issue is to get an inspection on the front end. Home inspections usually range from $300 - $700, but will save you thousands in the end.

Repair What You Can.

After receiving your home inspection, it is time to tackle each problem one step at a time. Whether you revive your garden, replace an appliance or repair a broken screen... every improvement counts. A new line of caulk in the shower and a fresh coat of grout on the tiles can make your bathroom look brand new. If you are ready to take on your next project, head over to your local hardware store for a great selection of tools, paint, grout and just about anything else you may need. Just remember, the old 3:1 ratio...you want to make sure that for every dollar you spend, you are getting at least in return.

 Get Estimates on What You Can’t Fix.

While making repairs to your Fox Valley home, keep in mind that the money spent on small repairs will always give you a positive return. However, there may be a few issues that stretch outside your budget, or the return on your investment may not be worth the dollars spent. In this case it is better to negotiate with your potential buyer than to lay out the larger sums of money at this time.

 Clean......and then clean again!

Imaging getting ready for a first date, trying on different outfits, and spending hours in front of the mirror. This is the same way you need to treat your home. Your potential buyer needs to fall in love at first site. Cleaning doesn't cost you any additional money, just your time...and it will pay off big. Your home needs a DEEP clean in every corner, nook and cranny. Appliances, counters, bathroom sink, tub, toilet, closets...everything! A home in pristine condition will ALWAYS garner a higher selling price point than one that is not.

Get Rid of the Clutter

It may be hard to clean the house with a pile of boxes, toys, your collections, etc taking up all the great space. In order to maximize your properties potential, you need to show off the beautiful square footage in every room. It starts with getting rid of the clutter, unused furniture and stacking up your moving boxes in the proper areas; including the garage, basement or even a storage unit.

Painting                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Give your home a fresh look by changing the color scheme or redesigning altogether. You won’t believe how far a can of paint can really go until you see it for yourself. Give every room a new facial by tearing down that old school wallpaper and rolling on a shiny new color. When a buyer sees the fresh look and modern colors, it is sure to leave a positive impact, mainly in the form of an offer and in hard cold cash Smile.  If you need some help with an interior design make over, we have some of the best designers at our fingertips! 

 

Landscape

Aside from checking every nook and cranny inside the home, a smart seller would spend a day working on the outside as well. When a buyer pulls into the drive, the first thing they notice is the welcoming look of the front of the home. Taking extra time to mow the lawn, trim the greenery, laying fresh mulch or planting colorful flowers appropriate for the season are cheap and easy ways to make your house stand out and greet your potential buyers with a warm and friendly welcome. If you are in St. Charles you can head on over to Wasco's Nursery and pick up gorgeous Fall flowers that will put a smile on any potential buyers face!

 

Bottom line...Don't leave money on the table. A little preparation goes a long way. Do the little things that will pay back in a big way.....in the form of an offer that you will find most acceptable.

 

For more Home Selling Tips check out our website or give us a call! We'll be happy to come to you and go through your home with you to make sure that every room is absolutely "SHOW TIME" ready, to bring you the best offer and timeliest sale available today.

 

GENEVA, IL RANKS THIRD ON THE LIST OF SAFEST PLACES TO LIVE!

by The Rullo Team

When you’re looking for a new home, finding a safe area to live is always at the top of everyone’s list. Check out the blog on the Moveto Real Estate website.  You’ll find that our own Geneva, IL ranked THIRD on their list of the safest locations in Illinois.  Visit the website to take an in-depth look at how Geneva earned its spot in the top 10!

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

Welcome to the 2014 Geneva Concours d'Elegance

by The Rullo Team

What: Geneva Concours D'Elegance, The show, which features vintage, classic and luxury cars, is expected to display about 275 vehicles and draw 20,000 to 25,000 visitors to the city.When: Sunday August 24, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
Where: Cars will be on display along Third Street from South Street to State Street and all side streets from Second to Fourth in Geneva
Admission: Free

For more information and all the details, visit the Geneva Concours d’Elegance website.

A 1955 LaSalle II Roadster concept car, owned by Joe Bortz, sits with its sister car, a sedan still being restored, at the intersection of Third and Fulton Streets at last year's Geneva Concours d'Elegance.

Image via: John Starks | Daily Herald Staff Photographer, 2013

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

Starting the week of Aug. 11, one lane of traffic in each direction was opened on the new Route 38 bridge over the Union Pacific railroad tracks on the City’s east side. Northbound Kautz Road access from Route 38 will be closed to traffic until the new roadway configuration is completed, estimated to be early summer 2015. For the new detour route and more information on the project, visit the City of Geneva website.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Festival of the Vine - September 5 - 7, 2014

by The Rullo Team

Savor the flavor of Geneva during Festival of the Vine, our autumn harvest celebration.  Sip wines from around the world and sample mouth-watering international specialties prepared by Geneva restaurateurs while you enjoy musical and dance entertainers on the Flavor Fare stage.  Additional festival events include an arts and crafts show, merchant wine offerings, flower market, sidewalk art, live demonstration stage, complimentary trolley and horse-drawn carriage rides plus great shopping in Geneva’s historic downtown.

ON THE STAGE  at the Flavor Fare, W. State & N. Fourth streets

Friday, September 5:

4-5 pm: Ask Your Folks, 6-7:30 pm: Snake Oil Barons, 8-9:30 pm: The Moods

Saturday, September 6

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Majors Junction,  8:00 - 10:00 pm: Hiline Band

Sunday, September 7

12:00 - 4:00 pm: The Blind Roosevelts

Geneva’s Festival of the Vine provides plenty of good wine, good food and good fun for the whole family!  For more information, call the Geneva Chamber of Commerce at 630-232-6060 or visit the Geneva Chamber of Commerce website for a complete list of times, activities and special in-store events.

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

St Charles IL: 10 Home Improvements That Will Bring In Buyers

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOURCE- AOL REAL ESTATE SURVEY

Road Construction On Keslinger Road

by The Rullo Team

Starting on 8/11/14 and for the next 3 weeks, from 6am to 6pm, the County will be working on removal and replacement of more than 2 inches of asphalt on KESLINGER ROAD from RANDALL ROAD west to BRUNDAGE ROAD. For lane closures and traffic advisories, visit the City of Geneva website. For information on other county projects, visit the Kane County Division of Transportation site.

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

Fox Valley IL Moving & Back To School Time

by The Rullo Team

It’s that time of year again! Time to check off that school supply list and send the kids on their way. For some families that means a new home, new school and new friends. Moving can be stressful for everyone, but here are some tips that will make the transition a little easier.

With a house full of boxes you may not remember where you put that backpack or calculator from last year. If you are starting to pack up the house, be sure to keep all of your school supplies in one or two boxes and mark them appropriately.  Also make sure that you have a "master list" of all your boxes so that you can guide your movers as they arrive at your new destination.

 

The first day of school can be a little scary, especially when you are the new kid in class, make it a special occasion by going shopping for a rocking new back to school outfit. There are plenty of great shopping centers in St. Charles. Check out Charlestown Mall for the latest fashion trends- it may be a little dusty with all the rebuilding going on, but the stores are still open and waiting to show you all the latest and greatest in back to school trends.

 

Not ready for those early mornings? Don’t worry, after driving the kids to school you can swing by one of the many coffee shops around town. Arcedium Coffeehouse on Indiana St was voted the best coffeehouse in Kane County!

 

Finally, take a moment out of every day to just breathe. Between decorating your home and getting back to school, you may forget to have a little YOU time. Take a stroll downtown or take in the view from your new front porch. Whatever you do, just remember to enjoy your new home!

THIRD STREET COMMUTER PARKING DECK CLOSED FOR 6 MONTHS

by The Rullo Team

The expansion project to close the commuter parking deck on Third Street in Geneva for six months started August 4.  Funded entirely by grants through Metra, the project will add a third tier to the existing structure and provide an additional 180 parking spaces.  The deck is being expanded in order to accommodate parking that will be lost as part of Union Pacific’s future plans to add a third rail line. Construction is anticipated to be completed in the winter with additional restoration work being finished next spring.

The city has reached an agreement with Pace bus to provide free temporary commuter shuttle service and parking.  For a map of parking locations and for a shuttle schedule, visit the city’s website. For any other questions about the project, call the City Administrator's Office at 630-262-8495 or check the website

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com. 

KANE COUNTY FLEA MARKET - SATURDAY & SUNDAY August 2-3, 2014

by The Rullo Team

Sat. 12-5, Sun. 7-4.

Kane County Fairgrounds, 525 South Randall Road, Saint Charles, IL 60174

Admission $5 adults, children 12/younger free.

"The Best in the Midwest or Anywhere", up to 1,000 dealers display and sell antiques and collectibles indoors and outside. A country breakfast is served on Sundays. For more information, call Fred Robinson at 630-377-2252, or visit the Kane County Flea Market website.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

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