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How to Spruce Up Your New Home!

by The Rullo Team

There is always a lot of information and advice about Buying a home. What the process entails, when to do it, what you need, etc. But, after you close on the home and have your boxes packed and ready to go, what should you do? There are actually a few simple chores that you should always do once you move into your new home. You just made a major investment and you want to make sure it is in tip-top shape as you start to make it your own.  


Change Locks: In all reality, when you purchase a new home, you truly have no idea who all has keys to it. As soon as you move in, change all of the locks. You can either re-key or buy entirely new lock sets.

 

Check for Leaks: Other a home inspection has been completed, you still want to verify that there aren't any plumbing issues. Check for any leaks throughout the home. You want to handle these right away because they could lead to costly damage in the future if left unchecked.

 

Remove Pests: Hopefully, this is not an issue that you run into but you want to make sure you do not have any unwelcome "roommates" in your home. If you find pests, consider hiring a professional in order to complete eradicate the issue from the onset and give you peace of mind.

Inspect the HVAC System: Living in the Fox Valley, we know that we need our AC in the summer and our heat in the winter. Make sure you know how to use the HVAC system and that it is working properly throughout the home.

 

Update Lighting: The lighting throughout the house might not be your preference. As you start to settle in, determine how you prefer the lighting in each room and make changes accordingly, whether with overhead lights or accent lights.

Know the Circuit Breaker: If the previous owner did not do so, label the fuses in the circuit breaker. Figure out which ones control which rooms and mark accordingly so you can easily turn the power back on when needed.

 

Understand the Main Water Valve: We can get stormy weather in the Fox River Valley. Between this and plumbing emergencies, it might be necessary to turn off the main water valve from time to time. Find out whether it is located inside or outside of the home and know how to turn it off for these situations.

Clean the Carpets: Have a completely fresh start in the home by deep cleaning the carpets. Rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional to handle. Although the carpets might appear clean, this will give you the peace of mind that your home is sparkly and new.

 

 

If you are looking to BUY, work with The Rullo Team to help you find your dream home in the Fox River Valley. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Buyer Mistakes to Avoid!

by The Rullo Team

Buying a new home can lead to a lot of excitement and anxiety. All of these emotions can lead to mistakes made by Buyers during the process. If you are on the market for your dream Fox River Valley home, avoid making these mistakes and enjoy life in your new home in no time!

Waiting on Financing. Before you even begin the home search, you should get your financing in order. This allows you to know what you can actually afford and limit your search to just those properties that fit within your price range. You don't want to fall in love with a home just to find out there is no way you can make the financing work.

 

Not Researching Your Lender. Unfortunatel,y there are bad lenders out there that offer scams. Do your own research but also ask your real estate agent for recommendations. They will only let you know about credible mortgage providers.

 

Not Getting Pre-Approval. Some home buyers mistake pre-qualified for pre-approval. They are very different. Pre-approval requires you to go through the documentation process and actually gets you an agreement with the lender. The seller must see that you are pre-approved when you submit your offer.

 

Offering Too Low. We understand that you want to get the home for a great deal but you don't want to risk insulting the seller. Work with your realtor to figure out a fair and competitive price to offer.

 

Spending Too Much During Escrow. Even if you are pre-approved, the final part of the loan doesn't start until right before closing. At that time, your lender goes through your finances again to make sure that your finances are still in order. If you buy too many big ticket items or add additional lines of credit during this time, you could alter your debt to income ratio so much that you no longer qualify.

 

Not Having Your Closing Costs In Order. As you budget for the home, make sure to always keep enough for closing costs. You need to have enough cash to cover it otherwise the deal will fall through. Ask your lender what the estimated closing costs are so you can have it ready from the very beginning.

 

Get into your dream home today by avoiding these buyer mistakes. The Rullo Team is here to help you throughout the buying process. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Get Ready for Trick or Treaters 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, Wednesday 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!

Make Your Home Look Its Best Online!

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/.

Fall Home Maintenance Tasks!

by The Rullo Team

As the weather gets increasingly colder, you want to make sure that your Fox River Valley home  is in tip-top shape. That means autumn is the perfect time to complete some easy but important home maintenance projects. Here are the top maintenance tasks that you should do around your home this season.

 

Complete Important Yearly Checks!

Fall is a great time to complete those yearly maintenance tasks. Service and clean your HVAC system to keep it running properly throughout the rest of the year. Check all your fire/smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Clean out your chimney so you can safely keep your family warm during the colder months.

 

Keep Pests Away!

Just as you will be escaping the colder temperatures inside, pests will try to as well. Avoid unwelcome house guests by checking for small and large holes around your house. Use caulking or netting to cover up. Do an inspection of your attic's insulation to make sure that there are no holes created by pests. Cover up those holes to avoid ice damage from occurring to your roof.

 

Check The Exterior!

Now is the perfect time to do a thourough check of the outside of your home. Finding necessary repairs now will help save you on stress and money as we head closer to winter. Clear gutters of fallen leaves and debris so water can properly move away from your home. Look for loose or missing shingles that need to be replaced. Make sure that all the caulking around doors and windows is adequate and repair as necessary. Remove debris and trim your vegetatin so it can grow properly come the spring.

 

Winterize Your Irrigation System!

Check the manufacturer's instructions on winterize your irrigation/sprinkler season so that it remains protected during the colder months. You can continue to use your sprinklers in the fall but consider putting them on a timer since we tend to experience more rainfall that can naturally hydrate your lawn and garden.

 

Safety First!

With increased precipitation and colder weather, ice starts to become more of a risk throughout the season. Inspect the handrails and supports on your patios and decks to ensure that you and others have something to safely grab onto should you fall. Make sure that walkways are clear of icy patches and well as fallen leaves and sticks.



For more home maintenance tips throughout the year, check out our website!

St Charles' Scarecrow Fest This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in St. Charles means it is time for one of your favorite annual community events……..Scarecrow Fest!!! The 33rd annual Scarecrow Fest is here! Head to beautiful Downtown St. Charles on Friday, October 5th, through Sunday, October 7th for a weekend filled with autumnal fun! This FREE event has something for the entire family! Make your own scarecrow! Vote on your favorite scarecrows in the contest display. Dance the day away to live music on the 3 stages! Find something unique at the Autumn on the Fox Art and Craft Show. Take a spin on the fun carnival rides. Dine on delicious food at the Taste of St. Charles. Participate in the first ever W.A.R. on Wheels Scarecrow Ride! And, SO MUCH MORE!!!!

Live Entertainment!

Q Center’s Main Stage at Lincoln Park

Friday, October 5th

 

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am | Elite Academy of Dance
  • 11:00 am – 11:30 am | St. Charles Park District Dance Team
  • 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Big Dog Mercer Trio
  • 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | School of Rock Geneva
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | Orange Star
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | The Wayouts

 

Saturday, October 6th

 

  • 10:00 am – 10:50 am | Thompson Middle School
  • 11:10 am – 11:40 am | 3rd Street Dance Studio
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Moves Dance Team
  • 1:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Beth Fowler Dance Team
  • 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Studio 64 Dance Fitness Zumba
  • 3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Dance Arts Center of St. Charles
  • 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm | The Doors of Chicago
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Rock City Seven

 

Sunday, October 7th

 

  • 10:00 am – 10:30 am | Batavia Academy
  • 10:40 am – 11:10 am | D2 Performing Company
  • 11:20 am – 11:50 am | Dreams Dance Academy
  • 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm | Dance Dynamics
  • 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Six to Midnight
  • 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm | Jimmy Nick & Don’t Tell Mama

 

Find the full entertainment lineup for the Arcada Theatre Stage and Old St. Charles Stage HERE!

Carnival Details!

Dates: Thursday, October 4th Sunday, October 7th

Hours: 5:00 pm9:00 pm (Thursday) | 12:00 pm10:00 pm (Friday) | 11:00 am10:00 pm (Saturday) | 11:00 am6:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Parking lot at 3rd & Cedar Streets

*Unlimited Ride Specials for $25 per person on Thursday (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) and Saturday & Sunday (11:00 am – 3:00 pm).

Event Details!

Dates: Friday, October 5thSunday, October 7th

Hours: 10:00 am9:00 pm (Friday & Saturday) | 10:00 am5:00 pm (Sunday)

Location: Downtown St. Charles

Cost: FREE Admission!  



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a weekend filled with fall fun at St. Charles’ 33rd Annual Scarecrow Fest!  



Image Credit: Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau

 

Tips For Hosting A Successful Open House!

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/.

Great Outdoor Spots to Visit This Fall!

by The Rullo Team

Enjoy the last few days of warm weather and watch the leaves change throughout the Fox River Valley! Spend time this fall in the beautiful outdoor surroundings that our area has to offer. There are so many fantastic parks and nature preserves in our area. Whatever you like to do outside, the communities in our area have a perfect spot for you. Here is our list of 5 favorite places that are perfect for hiking, exploring nature, and having fun outdoors!


 

Dick Young Forest Preserve (39W115 Main Street, Batavia

This great forest preserve offers great environments for you to explore. It features prairie, wetlands, and woodlands. These areas allow for ample opportunities to view wildlife and plants. The Dick Young Forest Preserve also shows off our region’s past geologic history through the presence of moraines and the Nelson Lake Marsh, which was created by a glacier over 10,000 years ago!

Fox River Bluff (East) Forest Preserve (5N860 Weber Drive, St. Charles)

This forest preserve features open spaces as well as a 31 acre wooded portion. It stretches along the shores of the beautiful Fox River, opening up opportunities for fishing. The trails that traverse the Fox River Bluff Forest Preserve are perfect for biking and hiking.

Lippold Park (2001 South River Street, Batavia)

This awesome community park has many fun amenities for visitors to use. There is a nature themed playground for the kids. The playground allows for endless hours of fun with its rope walk, tree stump chairs, climbing wall, climbing net, and wigwam. The park also has a fire pit with amphitheater-style seating. Go for a hike along the boardwalk that leads through wetlands along the banks of the Fox River.

Red Oak Nature Center (2343 South River Street, Batavia)

With 40 acres of forest and wildlife habitat, this nature center is great to explore. There are wood-chipped trails for hiking as well as paved trails that allow dogs and bikes. The main feature of this center is the cave, which is the only known one in the area. The Fox River can be viewed from an awesome observation deck inside.

Peck Farm Park (38W199 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

This park is truly a favorite for residents in the area. Ample time can be spent outdoors on the trails and around the large pond. There is a spectacular playground that features 8 interactive stations where children can learn more about local bug, bird, and tree species. Indie the beautiful historic farmhouse, there are more opportunities for fun during nature classes or inside the butterfly house.

How to Find the Best Realtor to Sell Your Fox River Valley Home!

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 Fall Landscaping Trends for Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in the Fox Valley is a spectacular time of year! The beautiful colors of orange, red, yellow and more add much needed color to the cooler months. If you're looking to sell your home, or just add a little 'spice' to your landscape, check out these great Fall Landscaping Trends!


 

1. Modern Fireplace Features that incorporate Technology


 

2. Contemporary Groupings for Fall's favorite plants- Chrysanthemums, sunflowers, mums and the ambiance of the natural colors of the leaves on the trees!


 

3. Create areas for Entertaining with choice lighting- Pendant lights and hanging old fashioned light strands give your area great atmosphere appeal.


 

4. Utilize Natural Elements- Porcelain tiles, metal fixtures and a collage of floral pots, hanging lanterns and great outdoor organic rugs in the colors of the season.


 

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Alex & Vicky Rullo
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St. Charles IL 60174
Phone: 630-513-1771
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