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Selling your Fox River Valley home? Help drive your offer prices up and make your home stand apart from the competition by making your listing look more expensive! Add some elegant touches to help increase the apparent value of your home! Follow these simple tips and your home will be sold in no time!

1. Paint Color. Clean up the appearance of your home by applying a fresh coat of paint throughout. Choose a neutral color that will appeal to all buyers. Add elegance by selecting one with a slight sheen.

2. Declutter. Eccentuate the space within your home and highlight your home's best architectural features by removing all clutter and unnecessary items that could be distracting for buyers.

3. Kitchen Appliances. Higher end homes have kitchens with brightly colored or stainless steel appliance. Upgrade yours before selling.

4. Fixtures. Help bring your home into the modern era by replacing all outdated lighting and plumbing fixtures, as well as hardware.

5. Crown Molding. Add crown molding to the living and dining rooms for instant elegance.

6. Window Treatments. Let ample light in to make your home look big and bright. Update window treatments to solid colored blinds, drapes, or shades.

7. Garage Door. Your garage door takes up a lot of real estate on the outside of your home. Get a great return on investment by updating the door to own that looks more expensive. We recommend a wood door with carriage home details.

For more helpful tips or assistance in Selling your home, give The Rullo Team  a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/!

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Winterize Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

Winter is upon us! Our days will be filled with cold temperatures and snowfalls. Keep your Fox River Valley home toasty all season long while saving money on your energy costs! Focus on these elements of your home to prepare it for the winter!

  • Energy Monitor - Install this helpful tool to learn where your home uses the most energy so you can easily discover ways to cut costs.

  • Windows - Use a Window Insulation Kit to add an extra layer against the cold. Be sure to properly caulk around all windows to avoid leaks. add an additional buffer against cold air.

  • Doors - Add a draft blocker underneath all outdoor doors. Be sure to caulk and weatherstrip as needed. Consider switching to a Storm Door for added energy efficiency.

  • Furnace - Change the filters to increase airflow and remove illness inducing irritants. Have the system professionally cleaned and adjusted. Save money in the long run by upgrading to an Energy Efficient Furnace. keep your family healthy all season.

  • Insulation - Just as you do to go outside, your home needs to wear some added layers this season. Add insulation between walls, to the basement ceiling, and the attic floor. Also, wrap insulation around your pipes to avoid costly issues from freezing.

  • Thermostat - Keep heating costs low by turning down the heat whenever you leave the house. Also consider reducing the temperature by a couple degress and cuddling up with a warm blanket instead!

 

For additional helpful home owner’s tips, check out our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/!


 

St. Charles Ranked As One of the Best Small Towns in America!

by The Rullo Team

Escape the hustle and bustle of larger cities by finding a quaint, tight knit smaller community instead. Many small towns across the country are filled with spectacular amenities while offering short commutes to larger metropolitan areas. They are perfect for families and individuals who are looking for more space, affordability, and a high quality of life. Looking for the perfect small town to call home? Come to St. Charles, which was ranked among the Best Small Cities in America!


Financial website WalletHub recently conducted a study to rank America's smaller cities based on affordability and quality of life. The study ranked 1,268 cities across the country that had populations between 25,000 and 100,000. It focused on 33 key livability indicators. These indicators included a variety of factors that contribute to a high quality of life such as housing costs, quality of school-system, access to amenities and entertainment, commute time, recreational facilities, and more.

 

When the results came in......St. Charles was ranked at the top of the pack!

 

 

 

Interested in Buying your dream home in this great American small town? Check out all the Current Homes for Sale in St. Charles! Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.   


Shop Local in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

It’s time to kick off the holiday season and start crossing off those names on your gift list! Find everything your loved ones have asked for along with unique surprises by shopping at the incredible local retailers that call the Fox River Valley home! Skip the chain stores this Black Friday and head out instead for Small Business Saturday! By supporting local businesses, you are not only finding special gifts you cannot find elsewhere but are also helping our area’s economy.


Explore the incredible local businesses in Geneva, St. Charles, and Batavia this Saturday, November 25th. Many merchants are offering great deals, discounts, and giveaways for this special event!


Participate in the “Passport to Shopping” program in Geneva. Make a purchase and get a stamp at 3 of the stores listed below to be entered to win one of 5 amazing baskets!

Doughocracy (407 South Third Street)

FreshGround Roasting (321 Stevens Street)

Geneva Running Outfitters (221 West State Street)

Galena Garlic Company (318 West State Street)

Green Envee (17 South Third Street)

 

24 Stores in Batavia have donated raffle items and will be handing out raffle tickets with purchases of $20 or more.


Find participating locations in the Fox River Valley HERE!

 

 

The Rullo Team wishes you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

Image Credit: American Express

Holiday Homecoming is Back!

by The Rullo Team

Kick off the start of the holiday season at the Fox River Valley’s favorite festive celebration: Holiday Homecoming!!! Head to beautiful downtown St. Charles on Friday, November 24th and Saturday, November 25th for a jolly good time. The weekend is filled with tons of family-friendly activities. The best part…..it is all FREE! Enjoy carols, seasonal treats, sleigh rides, and more with family, friends, and neighbors just in time for the holidays.


Friday, November 25th: Be there when Mayor Ray Rogina turns on the Holiday Lights along 1st Street Plaza. As the plaza becomes illuminated in festive splendor, enjoy an appearance by Santa and holiday carols starting at 5:00 pm.


Saturday, November 26th: Enjoy a full day of holiday cheer in downtown St. Charles. Head to the Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street) for a special screening of the holiday classic Home Alone at 10:00 am, with doors opening at 9:00 am. Take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas by visiting Santa’s House in the plaza between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Check out the spectacular live Holiday Window Displays on Main and 1st Streets from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Finish the day by enjoying the always incredible Electric Christmas Parade on Main Street (between 6th Street & 4th Avenue), starting at 5:30 pm.



The Rullo Team cannot wait to see you this weekend for a jolly good time in downtown St. Charles!

 

Image Credit: City of St. Charles

Honoring Veterans in the Fox River Valley

by The Rullo Team

Let us take time this weekend to honor those brave men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. VETERANS DAY is this Saturday, November 11th! Be sure to thank all the veterans you know, especially those that call the Fox River Valley home, for their service and sacrifices made to protect our nation and our freedoms. We are eternally grateful for all that you have done. Honor and celebrate our veterans at one of these great events occurring in our communities!



Aurora Veteran’s Day Parade & Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:15 am

Location: Downtown Aurora (Benton & Broadway to GAR Memorial Hall)


St. Charles Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 10:30 am

Location: Fire Station 1 (112 North Riverside Avenue, St. Charles)


Elgin Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 11:00 am

Location: Veterans Memorial Park (North Grove Avenue, Elgin)


North Aurora Annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: Veterans Memorial (Fairview Drive & Willow Way, North Aurora)


Veteran’s Day Concert

Date: Saturday, November 11th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Location: St. Charles North High School (255 Red Gate Road, St. Charles)



The Rullo Team extends a sincere thank you to all of our veterans and their families for all that they have done for us and our great country!


Tickets on Sale for Geneva Holiday House Tour!

by The Rullo Team

The holidays are right around the corner! That means its almost time for one of the favorite holiday traditions in Geneva........the annual Holiday House Tour! Tour 5 exquisite homes in Geneva that have been artfully decorated with festive holiday cheer on December 1st and 2nd. Find inspiration for decorating and entertaining in your own Fox River Valley after seeing these homes beautifully brimming with boughs of holly and the Christmas spirit.

Although this event might still seem far away, tickets sell out every year! Do not miss out on your opportunity to see some of the most stunning home holiday decorations by purchasing your tickets today!!!


 

*FEATURED HOMES*

Tickets are $35 per person and include the home tour, traditional holiday tea at the First Congregational Church (327 Hamilton Street) on Friday from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm or on Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, and a keepsake booklet with holiday decorating and entertaining ideas.


Ways To Order

  • Online HERE

  • Phone at (630)232-6060

  • Mail by filling out the form HERE and sending to:

Geneva Chamber Christmas House Tour

8 South Third Street

Geneva, IL 60134

  • In person at any of the following locations (Cash or Check only):

Trick or Treating Fun in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is quickly approaching! Get ready for a night of spooky, frightening fun! With your costume ready and your goody bag emptied, it is time to hit the streets of the Fox River Valley for some trick or treating! The night of Halloween, Tuesday October 31st, will be filled with ghosts and goblins, superheroes and princesses! Here is a list of all of the trick or treating hours for the communities in our area!

Community Trick or Treating Hours

Geneva | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Charles | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Wayne | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oswego | 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Batavia | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elburn | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Maple Park | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

South Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Aurora | 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

North Aurora | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Make sure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween by following these simple safety tips!

  • Trick or treaters should always walk in groups and never alone.

  • Parents or guardians should always accompany young children.

  • Bring a flashlight or attach reflective gear to costumes to ensure that everyone is visible after dark.

  • Make sure costumes do not restrict vision or have any tripping hazards.

  • Stay on sidewalks and within crosswalks when trick or treating. Only walk and avoid using skateboards, skates, bikes, etc.

  • Always look for traffic when crossing the street. If you will be driving on Halloween, make sure to always check for pedestrians.

  • Check ALL candy before letting your children eat any of it. You should only keep candy that is properly wrapped or packaged.



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!


2017 “Best in St. Charles” Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour

by The Rullo Team

Time to get spooky! Get in the Halloween spirit and turn your St. Charles home into a frightful delight for the 2017 “Best in St. Charles” Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour!!!

 

Whether you participate in this favorite annual event our not, be sure to check out the spookiest homes in the Fox Valley area beginning Friday, October 20th, through Halloween night! See the best ghoulish displays every evening at dusk until 10:00 pm. Find the Free Home Tour Guide HERE starting on opening night.

 


SPECIAL TOUR DATES

  • Preview Night | Friday, October 20th

    • Opening night and last chance for homeowners to make changes before judging.

  • Judging Night | Saturday, October 21sts

    • Best night to see the homes! Judging by contest committee begins at dusk.

  • Trick or Treat Night | Tuesday, October 31st

    • Closing night. Tour ends at 9:00 pm.


AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Eeriest Haunt

  • Big Scare - Low Budget

  • Best Rookie

  • Best Actors (1-6 ghouls)

  • Best Actors (7+ ghouls)

  • Best Youth Actors (ages 18 & under)

  • Family Fun

  • Judges’ Favorite

  • People’s Choice (Check back HERE for more details)


REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register your home today! Fill out the ENTRY FORM by 5:00 pm on October 18th and submit one of these 3 ways:

  • Drop Off | Pottawatomie Community Center, 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois 60174

  • Mail | Halloween House Decorating Contest, St. Charles Park District, 8 North Avenue, St. Charles, Illinois 60174

Registration is FREE! The Halloween House Decorating Contest is open to all St. Charles residents along with those living within the St. Charles Park District’s boundaries.

 

Image Credit: St. Charles Park District

National Fire Prevention Week: Does your Family have an Escape Plan?

by The Rullo Team

Does your family have an escape plan?  

In honor of National Fire Prevention Week it's important to not only test your smoke & carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are in good working order, but also to make sure your entire family is aware of how they need to exit from your home.  Preparing a family escape plan and practicing it this week will allow your family to safely exit your home in the event of a fire.  Here are some tips to follow:

1. Draw a map of your home including all windows and doors.

2. Make sure all doors and windows remain unblocked!  Free of any obstacles and clutter.

3. Plan for 2 exits from every room in your home.

4. Dedicate an outside meeting place for all family members once they have left the home.

5. Practice your fire drill plan with the whole family.

6. Meet oustide at the designated spot.

7. Test all smoke & carbon monoxide detectors in the home.  Each room should be equipped.

For more family friendly ways to practice your plan, visit the National Fire Prevention Association.

Resource:  NFPA.org

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