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Decorating Tips For Selling Your Fox River Home These Holidays!

by The Rullo Team

Staging is an important step anytime you list your home on the market. It helps potential buyers see the functionality of the home and visualize themselves in the space. During the holiday season, you can use festive decor to make your home more attractive to buyers. Follow these decorating tips for selling your Fox River Valley home this holiday season!

 

 

When decorating your home this holiday to sell, start with a good cleaning throughout your house. Next, stage your home as you normally would, regardless of the time of year. Go through your home and only keep the items and furniture that you need and that helps accentuate the space and your home’s features. You should store the clutter away and put personal items away during showings so buyers can picture themselves in the home.

 

Your home is already decorated so make sure your holiday decor complements your house. Look at the paint colors on the walls and use decor that accents it. Reds are perfect in rooms with neutral colors and silvers are good in rooms with soothing colors. Avoid over decorating! You shouldn’t put all of your decorations out this year. Only use those items that can draw attention to interesting features in your home. When you pick your tree, make sure that the one you pick is well suited for the size of the room. Decorate it using a cohesive color scheme or theme. Remember that people celebrate all different holidays this time of year. Try to avoid putting off some buyers by not displaying large religious decor during showings. Make your home warm and cozy when prospective buyers are over. Add some seasonal scents. You can also have a fire going in your fireplace if there is someone there to monitor it.

 

Now that the inside of your home is beautifully decorated, it’s time to focus on your home’s curb appeal. As with the interior, keep it simple outside. Keep large and overly colorful decorations away until you are in your new home next year. Focus on using simple string lights to accentuate the architecture of your home or landscaping. You can add attractive decor, such as evergreen garlands or wreaths, to your front porch to welcome people in.

 

 

If you are interested in Selling your home this holiday season, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

 

Questions To Help You Find The Best Realtor For The Job!

by The Rullo Team

Although it is possible to sell your home on your own, research has shown that sellers have the most success when they work with a realtor. Sellers should begin looking for a realtor six to eight weeks prior to listing their home. There are many realtors out there but you want to make sure that you work with the best of the best. An Experienced Realtor will provide you with the expertise and time needed to sell your home quickly and for top dollar. In order to find the best realtor for the job, you should ask them several questions. This will help you assess whether they are the right fit for you. Here are the top questions to ask potential realtors when you are ready to Sell your Fox River Valley home!

 

1. How many years experience do you have working as a realtor? Do you do it full time?

2. Have you sold homes within my neighborhood and how many in the past year?

3. What price range do the homes you sell typically fall within? What is the average sold-to-list price for the homes you have sold?

4. What fee do you charge for your work?

5. How will my home be marketed to sell?

6. Do you operate as a team with other realtors or will I be working exclusively with you? How available will you be throughout the process?

7. How long do the homes you sell typically stay on the market? What do you do to make homes sell quicker?

 

Asking these particular questions can help you find the best realtor for your home sale. Choose the agent that fully understands your goals and needs and has the experience and knowledge to best sell your home.


The Rullo Team has been recognized throughout the Fox River Valley and beyond for our selling success. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We cannot wait to work with you!

 


Great Home Maintenance Tasks To Tackle This Winter!

by The Rullo Team

Winter Home MaintenanceWith the cold weather outside, December is the perfect time to take care of some maintenance around the house. Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape this winter and all year round by completing some tasks. Here are easy tasks to complete this month and keep your family healthy and cozy in your beloved home.

1. Give Your Wood Floors Some TLC. Winter can be the toughest season on your wood floors. Heating in your home can dry out the planks, resulting in cracks and shrinkage. Salt can scratch and stain the floors. There are several simple steps you can take to resolve these issues. Add a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air. Sweep and mop the floors routinely to remove salt and buildup. Add rugs and mats in areas with a lot of foot traffic.

2. Prepare For Winter Storms. Winter is here for the next few months. That means freezing temperatures and percipitation. Keep shovels and snow fear close to the door so that you can easily access them when needed. Keep walkways cleared of snow and ice. Remove large snow piles, when the weather permits, from the roof and tree limbs to avoid costly damage.

3. Clean Your Oven. During the holidays, your oven sees a lot of use. There is likely a lot of grease and grime built up. Use the self-cleaning function once a month if your oven has one. Create a paste of baking soda and water to scrub out the buildup in the oven.

4. Take Care Of Drafts. Hot air can be escaping from your home and increasing your energy bill. Pick up some door sweeps from your area home improvement store to all doors leading outside. Add weatherstripping around windows.

5. Remove Allergens. Indoor allergens increase during the winter. Keep your family healthy all season by removing these issues. Dust throughout the house, particularly blinds and ceiling fans. Be sure to vacuum all carpeted areas regularly. Add an air purifier with HEPA filter to your home to remove particles from the air. Wash your bedding in hot water weekly and cover your mattress in a zippered allergen-resistant cover.

6. Complete A Property Inspection. Brave the cold weather and complete a home inspection in the winter. This is important since major issues are more likely to take place during this season. Check the conditions of gutters, look out for frozen pipes, and inspect windows and doors. Make sure to change out the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Consider hiring a professional to complete the inspection to ensure that all potential issues are found.

 


Contine to check The Rullo Team's website for more helpful home maintanence tips throughout the year!

Spread Holiday Cheer And Sell This Season!

by The Rullo Team

Spread cheer by selling your home this holiday season! We understand the impulse of taking your home off the market until the beginning of the new year. But, December can actually be a great time to sell! Here are the top reasons why you should sell your Fox River Valley home during the holidays!

 

1. Enjoy Less Competition!

Other people in your area will undoubtedly take their homes off the market or delay listing their homes. This will reduce the inventory of homes and make it more likely that your home will rise to the top of the search lists. With less competition, you have better chances of your home being sold.

2. Your Home Looks And Smells Festive!

Staging is taken care of during the holidays with your warm fireplace, festive decor, and delicious smells of home-baked goods. This homey ambiance can create feelings of nostalgia within the buyer and urge them to make an offer. Just make sure you don't go overboard with decorations. You still want buyers to be able to imagine themselves within the home as well as show off the best features of your home without distracting clutter.

3. Serious Buyers Look During The Holidays!

Any buyers that are still looking during the holiday are ready to buy NOW! These buyers have either been looking for a while and have yet to find something we love or they have just entered the market and need to buy quickly. Either way take advantage of their desire to find a home as soon as possible.

4. Buyers With Children Are Utilizing the School Break!

There are prospective buyers that use the holiday season to find a home in order to get their children settled before school starts up again in January. These are more serious buyers that are actively lookin g to find a home as soon as possible.

5. Closing Is Faster!

The spring time is a busy time for lenders. That means that buyers have to wait longer to get their loans processed and approved. The slow down in the housing market in December makes the lending process move quicker which means closing can occur much faster!

6. Change Your Strategy To Sell!

Don't take your home off the market during the holidays even if it has been on the market for a while now. Instead, use this time to adjust your strategy. Is your asking price what it should be? Is there a different way you could stage your home? Are there things you could fix up?


 

If you are interested in Selling Your Home This Holiday Season, give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.



Information Source: Realtor.com®

 

How To Be The Best Open House Host In The Game!

by The Rullo Team

Open houses are important events to hold when you are looking to Sell your Fox Valley home. They allow a buyer to see the home in person and ask any questions that they might need answered in order to move forward with buying the home. It is important for sellers to make sure they are putting their best foot forward during the open house in order to sell their home for top dollar and quickly. If you are looking to sell your home this season, follow these tips for selling success with your open house.

1. Have buyers excited to enter your home by creating Welcoming Entrance. Such simple touches as a nice doormat and potted plants at your front door will show that you put care into your home.

2. Clutter can be distracting and can make counters seem small. Clear Counters to only the essentials in the bathroom and kitchen.

3. Buyers know that someone else currently lives in the home but they need to have the opportunity to picture themselves living in it as well. Before open houses, Put Away Personal Items such as children's artwork or family photos.

4. Allow buyers to see the potential of your home by Setting The Dining Table. Adding place settings to the table showcases the home's potential for dinner parties and other gatherings.

5. Make the buyers feel Right At Home by having light snacks and beverages for them to enjoy during the open house. Place freshly cut flowers in central spots throughout the home to add some color and fragrance.

6. Although you might want to stick around, it is a good idea to Not Be Around for the entire open house. Having the home owner present can make buyers feel less comfortable to ask their agent questions and you want to make sure that they are getting all the information they need to want to buy your home after the open house.

For more great home selling tips, The Rullo Team is here! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Get Festive Ideas For Your Home During the Geneva Holiday House Tour!

by The Rullo Team

It’s 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 7th and 8th. 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 is still a little bit 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*

Home of Jon & Chris Barr Family

228 North 4th Street

Decorated by The Little Traveler (630-232-4200)

Home of Carmi & Ed Bonifas

563 Creekside Drive

Decorated by SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens (630-232-1303) and Plandscape, Inc. (630-365-2558) with contributor All Chocolate Kitchen (630-232-2395)

Home of Mindy & Dan DeVito

1309 Cooper Lane

Decorated by Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center (630-377-6288)

Home of Jim & Kathy Coe Mizgalski

426 Maple Lane

Decorated by bb Interiors (630-262-9400) and Avant Gardenia (630-999-3030)

Santacaterina Family Home

616 Fulton Street

Decorated by Gatherings By Design (630-880-8792) and Plandscape, Inc. (630-365-2558)

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):

GENEVA CHAMBER (8 South Third Street)

bb INTERIORS (600 South First Street)

CITY OF GENEVA (22 South First Street)

COCOON (212 South Third Street)

COUNTRY NATURALS (316 Campbell Street)

HEINZ BROTHERS GREENHOUSE GARDEN CENTER (2010 East Main Street, St. Charles)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1308 Commons Drive)

THE LITTLE TRAVELER (404 South Third Street)

SG GENEVA/SCENTIMENTAL GARDENS (428 West State Street)



Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce

How To Find The Perfect School For Your Little One!

by The Rullo Team

Ready to buy a home new home? There are many things to consider as you begin your Fox River Valley area home search. Consider size, architectural style, amenities, outdoor space, and location. If you have a family or are planning for one, one of the most important factors is local schools. You want to make sure you set your children up for success with a quality education.

 

There are so many excellent school districts in the Fox River Valley area!

Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 | Homes for Sale

Geneva Community Unit School District 304 | Homes for Sale

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 | Homes for Sale

Batavia Public School District 101 | Homes for Sale

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 | Homes for Sale


When it comes to what schools within these districts are the best of the best, you will need to do a little schoolwork on your own! There are several factors to consider when determining the quality of schools. Look beyond test scores. Although this information is helpful, it does not always provide the best indicator of schools quality. Explore websites like GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report for great unbiased data and rankings of local schools. Check out each school's website to learn about awards or recognitions received. Do not be afraid to reach out to the schools to ask further questions and request a site visit. Seeing the school in person and meeting with the staff can help you determine whether the school would be the right fit for your child.

 

 

Once you find the perfect school with you, work with an experienced realtor to find the perfect home for you within the school's boundaries. Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website http://www.therulloteam.com/ to get started today!

 


 

Mark Your Calendars for Holiday Homecoming!

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 23rd and Saturday, November 24th 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 23rd: Be there for the Lighting of the Lights! Our very own Mayor Ray Rogina will help light up 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 24th: 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 on 1st Street from 1:00 pm to 4:30 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 wishes you a jolly good time at this year’s Holiday Homecoming in downtown St. Charles!



Image Credit: City of St. Charles

 

Tips to Prep Your Home for Thanksgiving Day Guests!

by The Rullo Team

Thanksgiving is next week! If you are hosting the big feast at your Fox River Valley  home, now is the perfect time to prepare so you feel less stress as the day approaches. Along with planning out your delicious menu, get your home ready so all your guests will be comfy and happy this holiday!


1. Keep It Bright!

You know your home like the back of your hand but your guests don't. Make sure that everyone can safely navigate throughout your home no matter what time of day it is. Check that all outdoor lights are working. Add nightlights to hallways and in bedrooms and bathrooms that guests will be using.

2. Clear The Space!

Remove all unnecessary clutter to accomodate more people in your house. Store these items out of the way in closests and the basement. Make sure you have ample space on counters and tables for all of your food prep.

3. Say Welcome!

Create an amazing first impression for guests as they enter your home by focusing on the foyer. Add some welcoming touches for a festive, homey feel. At the same time, keep it functional for your guests. With the colder weather, you will need ample space for guests to place their coats, shoes, and gear.

4. Get Your Kitchen Ready!

Your kitchen will be the central hub of your home next week so make sure that it is ready to go before the cooking starts. Have all essential items easily accessible. Make it possible for guests to keep you company as you cook by creating a comfortable hang spot for them in the kitchen.

5. Feels Like Home!

If guests are spending the night, make sure that they will be as comfortable as possible. Stock up on warm bedding for them to use. Even if they aren't sleeping over, have spots throughout your home where they can relax since we all get tired after the big feast!

6. Stock Up!

Make sure that all essential items are available in your home's bathroom to account for your additional guests. Stock up on toilet paper, towels, and toiletries for them to use. Keep these items in spots that are easy for guests to locate when they are needed.



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!  

 

Get the Truth on the Myths of Home Buying!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a home is a major step! And, for first time home buyers, it can seem like a daunting task. There is plenty advice out there about what steps to take, the process, financing, and more….but unfortunately there are also a lot of misconceptions and misinformation. It is important to know all the facts before setting off on your journey to find your dream home. Here are 9 myths about home buying that we are happy to debunk for you!!

 

Myth 1: Looking for a House is Your First Step.

The initial search for the home is undoubtedly the fun part of the process. You know your list of desirables and you have the internet at your fingertips to help you find your dream home. BUT, there is a lot of information that you need know ahead of time before potentially getting your heart set on a home. Your first step should be to make sure that your credit is in top form AND get pre-approval for a mortgage. These steps will help you determine your budget and allow you to search for houses that are in an appropriate price range. Plus, pre-approval for a mortgage will help you during the process as it makes you more attractive to sellers.

 

Myth 2: Your Best Finance Option is a 30-Year Mortgage.

Many home buyers think that by selecting a 30-year mortgage they will automatically save money since they have a longer period of time to pay off the loan. Although monthly payments on a 30-year are lower than a 15-year mortgage, you will end up paying MORE in the end since you are borrowing the same amount of money for both BUT are borrowing for twice as long and at a higher interest rate with the 30-year option. Look into all loan options out there before making a decision. A 30-year fixed mortgage might be the best option for you or there might be another loan that makes more sense. Stay open and do plenty of research ahead of time to make an informed decision. Check out our helpful Finance Information for this step of the process.

 

Myth 3: Your Down Payment has to be 20%.

Although a 20% down payment allows you to avoid paying for Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI), it is not always the required amount from lenders. If you are willing to pay the monthly bill for PMI, you may be eligible for loans with a 5% or 10% down payment. Otherwise, there are also FHA loans and other down payment assistance options that you may qualify for.

 

Myth 4: The Down Payment is your Only Cost Upfront.

The down payment on the home will never be the only cost you have to pay up front. There are always added costs for credit reports, inspections, insurance, and more that home buyers need to account for. Additionally, the negotiated deal for the house could include you being responsible for the closing costs.

 

Myth 5: You are out of Luck if you have Bad Credit.

Having good to excellent credit definitely helps when it comes to buying a home. But, even if your credit is not great, you can still be eligible for some financing options. FHA loans can offer low down payments to buyers with bad credit. Be sure to do plenty of research ahead of time though regarding your loan options. Something that might look great at first, might not be great in the long run.

 

Myth 6: Home Inspections Aren’t Necessary.

A home inspection is ALWAYS a crucial step in the home buying process. Even if you are worried that you might lose out on the house to a buyer that waives the inspection, it is worth the risk. There is far more risk in buying the home as is without knowing any hidden issues with it. You will save a ton of money and time buy spending the money upfront to inspect the home.

 

Myth 7: You Must Offer the Asking Price.

You found your dream house and you don’t want to risk losing it…..so you have to offer the full asking price, right? Although there can be competition when putting an offer on a house, you do not need to offer the asking price. Sellers will often be willing to negotiate with buyers who have awesome credit, a pre-approved loan, and a ready down payment in order to ensure that the house gets sold as soon as possible. You also do not need to offer the full asking price if the home inspection you got exposed some issues with the house. You can negotiate a price based on what the inspection found.

 

Myth 8: You Don’t Need a Realtor.

It is important to work with an Experienced Realtor during your home buying process. Although the internet might make it appear like it is easy to buy a home on your own, there is a lot of valuable information that realtors know that can assist you. We understand the market, know exactly what to look for, have experience negotiating, and so much more. The experience will seem a lot less stressful having someone knowledgeable on your side along the way!

 

Myth 9: Choose A Home Based On Your Current Lifestyle Only.

It is important to recognize what you need in a home immediately as well as in the future. Whether you are planning on having children someday or not, buying a home in a neighborhood with good schools should be on your list of must haves. Research has shown that homes in such neighborhoods have higher resale value, so if you ever consider selling in the future you are setting yourself up for success. Also, consider other lifestyle needs that you might develop over time. If you plan on being in your home for the long haul, make sure that what you will want in 10, 20, or 30 years from now is available in the home and neighborhood that you selected. 

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