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Update Your Front Porch For Spring Selling Success!

by The Rullo Team

Are you ready to "Spring" into the Fox River Valley housing market? With the temperatures rising and the snow melting, now is the perfect time to start enhancing your home's curb appeal so it is ready to sell. A great area to focus on is your front porch. It will help create an inviting first impression for buyers and, as an added bonus, can be utilized by you and your family as additional outdoor living space! Follow these design tips to have your front porch looking it's absolute best this spring!

1. Draw the eye from the street towards the front porch with the placement of colorful plants throughout your landscaping.

2. Ensure that your front porch is always well lit. Add 3 to 4 different sources of light. Make sure your house numbers are illuminated so buyers and guests can always easily locate your home.

3. Add potted greenery that will last throughout the growing season as well as window boxes and/or vases of seasonal flowers to your front porch for a bright, lush atmosphere.

4. Create a cozy spot to gather with seating for two and a small table. For a cozy, old-fashioned touch, hang a swinging bench.

5. Place a functional and fashionable doormat at the entrance to tie the space together and welcome guests inside.

6. Coordinate color throughout the space with your accents. Make sure that they share all the same hues and complement your home's exterior. A good way to ensure color coordination is to use your home's trim or front door color as a starting point.

7. Keep pests away and beat the summer heat and humidity with a cool breeze from an outdoor ceiling fan or well-placed upright fan.

8. Add some privacy and block the sun with outdoor curtains. Make them easy to open and close as needed and use fade-resistant fabric for longevity.

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Get Your Fox River Valley Lawn Ready For Spring!

by The Rullo Team

Get your green thumb ready! Spring is right around the corner! While it might still be a little bit before the warmer weather fully reaches us, now is actually the perfect time to start prepping your Fox River Valley lawn! Complete these lawn care tasks today and enjoy the most stunning yard this spring!


1. Wash Salt Away

All the salt used on the winter roads can do a number on your grass and plants. Give your landscaping a good watering to get rid of this winter remnant.


2. Patch It Up

Now is the perfect time to patch up those thin and barren spots around your lawn. Add grass seed or sod to these areas before the ground temperature rises above 65 degrees. This will help keep weeds at bay.


3. Remove Debris

After the fall and winter, your yard is likely filled with some leftover leaves, branches, and yard debris. Although this stuff protects your lawn in the colder months, it hinders growth in the spring. Do a good cleaning by removing all these items from your grass and garden.


4. Prune & Fertilize

Check the soil for dryness. If it is crumbling instead of clumping, you can begin pruning and fertilizing. Remove old growth from perennials and prune your trees and shrubs. Add a slow release fertilizer to your plants, trees, and grass. Use one that also contains a pre-emergent herbicide to help fight off weeds.


5. Plant Cool Season Plants

Once your soil is dry enough, you can start to add some fresh greenery to your garden. Although temperatures might not seem warm enough, there are some resilient growers (such as bare-root plants, snapdragons, and pansies) that love the conditions of this time of year.


6. Pick Out Your Perennials

Although you cannot plant them yet, now is the time to pick out and preorder the perennials you want to plant this spring. Most nurseries offer deals on these plants at this time of year. Not only will you get a great price but you will also enjoy the best selection!


7. Service Your Mower

Have your lawn mower serviced and ready to go for the first cut of spring. Keep it running in tip top shape all spring and summer by sharpening the blades, changing the oil, and replacing the spark plugs.



For more helpful home improvement tips throughout the year, check out our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ and follow us on Facebook.

Geneva Proves Yet Again That It Is Best Of The West!

by The Rullo Team

There is one thing that people throughout Chicagoland know to be true…..Geneva, Illinois is a great place to live! For yet another year, West Suburban Living magazine’s annual survey has shown that Geneva is the top suburb that people would want to live other than their current hometown in 2019!


Every year the magazine releases their BEST OF THE WEST, which ranks the many western suburbs and their amenities in 90 categories. The rankings are based on reader votes. Geneva has been named the most desirable town to live in more than any other community throughout the years of competition.


It is not hard to recognize why Geneva stands out amongst the pack when looking at the other categories in the list. Readers honored the town of Geneva with many other notable distinctions that when taken all together prove that there is no other place quite like this charming town. Several of the city’s stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities were named the best in the area. Geneva is also known as a city of great community events and festivals. The annual Swedish Days Festival and Festival of the Vine were named amongst the western suburb’s best festivals. Readers surveyed also recognized the Geneva Art Fairs and Geneva French Market as some of their favorite spots to find arts and crafts and local produce and food, respectively. Other top rankings went to Island Park, Geneva’s downtown, and so much more! All of these results make it clear, that Geneva truly has something to offer everyone!


Great local schools, beautiful recreational facilities, thriving downtown, and tight knit community feel are event more reasons why Geneva is the best of the best. Want to call this incredible community home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale in Geneva! Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.  

St. Charles Home Remodeling Show This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team


Have some remodeling and rebuilding ideas for your Fox River Valley home? Do not miss the 33rd annual
St. Charles Home Remodeling Show! Head over to Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles) this weekend to find hundreds of ideas and talk to experts that can help make your plans a reality!

 

Whether you are fixing up your kitchen and bath, looking for gardening and landscaping ideas, improving your roofing and gutter systems, or any other home maintenance projects, you will find the best local contractors, repairmen, and tradesmen to work with. Come with your plans! Shop for all the items you could possibly need for your projects and get great deals!

 

The show will be held on Saturday, March 16th, and Sunday, March 17th, from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily. Enjoy FREE Admission and FREE parking!

 

Find the Digital Home Show Guide HERE!

 

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Image Credit: The Home Shows, Inc.

Buy Your Dream Home With These Financial Tips!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a new home in the Fox River Valley is a major financial commitment. However, you never need to feel like home ownership is out of reach. There are several steps you can take now to help you afford your dream home!

 



Find more Home Buying Tips and Search Homes for Sale in the Fox River Valley, by giving us a call today or visiting our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Start Your St. Paddy's Day Celebration in St. Charles!

by The Rullo Team

Celebrate the “Luck o’ the Irish” this weekend in beautiful downtown St. Charles! It’s time for the annual St. Patrick's Parade! Kick off the St. Paddy’s Day festivities early with your family, friends, and neighbors!



This Saturday, March 9th, head downtown for some holiday fun all day long! Start your day at the Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street) at 10:00 am for a free dance show. Then at 11:30 am, head over to the St. Charles History Museum (215 East Main Street) for crafts, cookies, and face painting.



Afterwards, it is time for the main event….the Parade! Find the perfect spot along Main Street (between 6th Street & 4th Avenue) before 2 pm to catch all the incredible floats, Celtic and marching bands, local organizations and community groups, and so much more!



Slainte! The Rullo Team cannot wait to see all of you in St. Charles for this favorite annual tradition!

 

Image Credit: Downtown St. Charles Partnership

The Rullo's Named Top Real Estate Team In Region!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

For the 22nd consecutive year, Alex Rullo - Broker with RE/MAX All Pro in St. Charles, was honored for his production in 2018 at the annual RE/MAX R4 International Convention. Out of over 2,300 sales associates in the Northern Illinois region, Alex and The Rullo Team are ranked #12!

 

Alex and his wife Vicky Rullo, also a RE/MAX Broker, have consistently placed in the Top 1% of All Realtors Nationally. Rullo is a charter member of the RE/MAX International Hall of Fame. He has also earned the coveted Circle of Legends Award, the Chairman’s Award as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the equivalent of three Hall of Fame Awards.

 

Alex and Vicky provide their clients with the highest level of service by offering a full team of professionals with experience and cutting edge skills. The Rullo Team includes Brokers, Sandy Selander and Adam Rullo, Client Care Coordinator, Denise Huelskamp, and Special Project Manager, Kristi Capo. The Rullo Team can be reached at 630-513-1771, rullos@rullos.com or visit their website at www.therulloteam.com to view any home in the USA!

Celebrity Poker Tournament At Historic Hotel Baker!

by The Rullo Team

 

Join your favorite celebrities for an fun filled evening at the Celebrity Poker Tournament! Come to the elegant Hotel Baker (100 West Main Street), a historic hotel located in the heart of beautiful St. Charles, this Saturday, March 9th (5:00 PM - Midnight) for this incredible charity event. Proceeds from the poker tournament will benefit Generation Rescue, a national organization that helps families with children affected by autism spectrum disorders.

 

The evening’s celebrity guests include Jenny McCarthy, Donnie Wahlberg, Miranda Mayo (Chicago Fire), Bernard Lee (Pro Poker Player), Joe Cada (Pro Poker Player), Nikki Sharp (International Model), Norman Chad (ESPN), Richard Roeper (Film Critic), and more! Whether a serious poker player or just looking for something fun to do this weekend be sure to enter the tournament! You will have the chance to win some incredible grand prizes, including a ticket to World Series of Poker and 2 VIP Tickets to see the New Kids On The Block!

 

The evening also includes delicious light bites, refreshing cocktails, and fun tunes by DJ Rich Ungos! Please wear cocktail attire to this event


Ticket Information

Ace Player: $1,000

--Includes single player spot in tournament, early access to the reception, cocktails and appetizers, & a $500 buy-back in fee

Non-Poker Player: $250

--Includes access to the event at 7:30 pm & cocktails and appetizers

Private Poker Lesson: $100

--Includes a private poker lesson brunch (time to be determined) with light bites and mimosas


Purchase Tickets HERE!

 


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Image Credit: Generation Rescue

 

Top Photography Tips For Listing Your Home!

by The Rullo Team

The first impression buyers get of your home is not at your front door.....it is online! Almost all buyers begin their home search online. That means that it is more important than ever to make sure that your home pops out from the screen. Hiring a professional photographer is always a surefire way to ensure that your home looks its very best in your online photos. However, if you are looking to save money, there are several ways that you can make the photos look like they were done by a pro. Help attract buyers to your Fox Valley listing online by following these great photography tips!

Keep Your Photos Steady.

Nothing is more distracting than a crooked, blurry photo. Hands invariably shake so use a tripod to eliminate camera shake and keep the photo perfectly straight.


Avoid Using Your Smartphone.

Smartphones do have great cameras built into them, but they still do not compare to an actual camera. Use a DSLR camera for your home photography. DSLR camera's capture light better.

 

Let There Be Light.

Light is the most important element to make your photographs look their best. Use an external flash when shooting indoors. At the same time, make sure that all interior lights are turned on and keep the curtains open to let in natural light. When shooting exterior shoots, pay attention to the sun. Always shoot when the sun is facing directly onto your home to keep it bright and eliminate shadows.

 

Use a Deep Depth of Field.

A deep depth of field keeps everything in the fore-, middle, and background in focus and gives a better impression of your home. When indoors, this allows you to capture not only what is within the room but also the view of the outdoors from that room's windows. When outside, you want to have part of the yard included with the images of your home. (Extra tip: shoot the front exterior of your home from an elevated position in order to capture the landscaping within the image.) Do as the professionals do and utilize HDR imaging which allows you to layer multiple exposures.


Shoot Wide.

In order to convey the maximum amount of space within your home, shoot your images with a wide-angle lens.


Find the Best Angle.

Position yourself in a way to that allows you to capture the best image. You want spaces to appear large. Never shoot from behind furniture which will cause the room to appear cramped. Frame your photos so that three walls are captured within it. This creates space and adds balance to your photo.


Putting your best foot forward is key in listing your home for sale. At The Rullo Team, we utilize the services of a professional real estate photographer to capture your home at it's best!


For more great Home Selling Tips, turn to the Rullo Team. If you are ready to list and sell your Fox Valley home, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Enjoy Delicious Eats During St. Charles Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

"The Table Is Set" for St. Charles Restaurant Week!!! From Monday, February 25th, through Friday, March 1st, fill your bellies with the most delicious food St. Charles has to offer. And, the best part? You will save 20% off your total bill (not including alcohol)! To receive the discount, simply present your discount card at the participating restaurant. Download card HERE!!! Whether you love ethnic cuisine, fine dining, or contemporary American, you will find the perfect restaurant(s) to satisfy your cravings during the 2019 St. Charles Restaurant Week!

 

Participating Restaurants

Alexander's Cafe 64 | 1650 West Main Street

Alley 64 Bar & Grill | 212 West Main Street

Brown's Chicken & Pasta | 1910 West Lincoln Highway

Brunch Cafe | 172 South 1st Street

Charlie Fox's Pizzeria & Eatery | 3341 West Main Street

Chili's | 3795 East Main Street

Club Arcada | 105 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 1625 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 552 South Randall Road

Crazy Fox Bar & Grille | 104 East Main Street

DRM European Cafe & Deli | 610 East Main Street

E&S Fish Company | 311 North 2nd Street

Eden on the River | 1 Illinois Street, Suite 160

El Puente Restaurant | 108 East Main Street

The Evergreen Pub & Grill | 1400 West Main Street

The Filling Station Pub & Grill | 300 West Main Street

The Finery and Blacksmith Bar | 305 West Main Street

Francesca's by the River | 200 South 2nd Street

The Game On 3rd | 11 North 3rd Street

Harvest Restaurant at Pheasant Run | 4051 East Main Street

Isacco Kitchen | 131 South 1st Street

Jambalaya Restaurant at Pheasant Run | 4051 East Main Street

La ZaZa Trattoria | 5 South 1st Street

Main Street Pub | 204 West Main Street

McNally's Traditional Irish Pub | 109 West Main Street

Nuova Italia Ristorante | 18 North 4th Street

The Office Dining & Spirits | 201 East Main Street

Pub 222 | 222 West Main Street

Puebla Modern Mexican | 51 South 1st Street

Riverside Pizza & Pub | 102 East Main Street

Romano Mercato Italiano | 210 Cedar Street

Rookies | 1545 West Main Street

ROX City Grill | 100 West Main Street

Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant | 1850 Lincoln Highway

The Spotted Fox Ale House | 3615 East Main Street

St. Charles Place Steak House | 2550 East Main Street

Szechwan Restaurant | 117 West Main Street

Tap House Grill | 3341 West Main Street

Taste of Himalayas | 110 North 3rd Street

Vintage 53 | 162 South 1st Street

Wok 'n Fire | 181 South 1st Street

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone happy dining in beautiful St. Charles! Follow us on Facebook for information on other amazing Fox River Valley events throughout the year!

 

 

Image Credit: City of St. Charles

 

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