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Geneva Proves its the "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! In fact, according to West Suburban Living, Geneva is the top suburb that people would want to live other than their current hometown!


The magazine recently released their 2017 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.


Readers honored the town of Geneva with many other distinctions. 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 Geneva History Museum, Geneva Public Library District, and Island Park. 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/.  

Chicago Home Show this Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Ready to make some renovations or improvements to your Fox River Valley home? Come to the Chicago Home Show this weekend at the Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles)! Taking place Saturday, March 18th, and Sunday, March 19th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, you will find hundreds of contractors and awesome ideas for your home projects at this FREE event!


Bring your ideas, plans, or repair needs and talk to local contractors and service providers to make them a reality. There will also be helpful products available for purchase. You will find everything that you need for inside and outside of your Fox River Valley home including, but not limited to:


Interior decorating ideas

Home organization ideas

Financial services

Home security

Windows and doors

Decks and patios

Kitchen remodels and updates

Bathroom remodels and updates

Roofing

Siding

Gardening

Landscaping




Be sure to enter to win Cutco Cutlery and an Echo Dot at the drawing at the door.



Chicago Home Show Details

Dates: Saturday, March 18th - Sunday, March 19th

Time: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm (daily)

Location: Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles)

Cost: FREE admission and parking!



If you are interested in Buying or Selling your Fox River Valley area home, give the The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Home Maintenance Tasks to Complete in March

by The Rullo Team

Did you know that March is the best time to complete home maintenance tasks? With the weather warming and before the spring showers of April begin, this month allows you to get your Fox River Valley  home in tip top shape. Have your home looking and working its very best for the rest of the year and prevent any costly future damage by completing these tasks this March!


Check out the state of your roof.

With the snow and ice cleared from your roof, it is the perfect time to safely check its condition before spring showers. Look for missing or loose shingles and check for cracks in the flashing or vent pipes. If you want to ensure that nothing gets overlooked, consider hiring a professional roof contractor as many offer inspections for free. If there is an issue, be prepared to pay for repairs to be made to prevent any damage to your home in the coming months.


Clear out the gutters.

Throughout the winter, debris has been accumulating in your gutter system. It is time to clear them out of all leaves, branches, and anything else you may find in them to make sure that they can properly keep rainwater away from your home’s siding and foundation. After cleaning them, consider adding gutter guards so that you do not need to continue to complete this task into the spring.


Freshen up the siding.

Your home’s siding takes a beating during the winter. You can easily clean off any dirt that has accumulated and extend the life of your siding with a brush and soapy water. Your home will be ready to sparkle in the spring sun.


Take care of your decks.

Just as debris accumulates in your gutters, it also accumulates between boards in your deck. Clear out leaves and branches to prevent potential rot. Also, look for any loose boards and repair as necessary. After clearing and repairing, use a cleaning product to help return your deck to its former beauty.


Inspect your home’s driveway and walkways.

The lifespan of asphalt and concrete decreases with each winter due to snow and ice. Cracks begin to form in the material due to the cycle of freezes and thaws. You can prevent future damage by adding a sealant to any cracks that you find. Consider hiring a professional for any large cracks and holes that you find.


Get your yard ready for spring.

Although it might not look like it, spring is right around the corner. March is the perfect time to get your yard prepped so it looks its very best once the warmer weather is here for good. Clear your lawn of large branches. Give the grass an initial cutting to get it ready. Prune rose bushes in mid-March so that they can properly grow after the last frost and add some beautiful color to the outside of your home.


Clean your air conditioner condenser.

It will soon be time to keep your home cool with the air conditioner. Make sure that it can work properly when you need it by cleaning it out now. Clean out debris and dust that you find in the AC condenser outside. If you want to ensure a thorough cleaning and prevent any damage to the condenser, hire a professional to take care of this task for you.


Add caulking to doors and windows.

The cold winter weather can damage caulking around doors and windows. Inspect these areas for any cracks which can lead to water entering your home in the spring. Fix the damages with a high quality, latex caulk that is made for exterior use.


5 Spots to Spend Time Outside in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

The Fox River Valley experienced unseasonably high temperatures this past week and more sunny, warmer days are in the forecast! That means it’s time to get back out 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.

 

St. Charles Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

Did you miss out on Geneva’s Restaurant Week or are just looking to explore more of the culinary delights located throughout the Fox River Valley? You are in luck! Monday, February 27th through Friday, March 3rd is St. Charles Restaurant Week!!


35+ of the finest restaurants and cafes will be offering special discounted dining during the week. Bring in the special Discount Card (which can be downloaded HERE) to any of the participating restaurants to receive 20% off your total bill! A minimum of $20.00 pre-tax bill is required for the discount. Take advantage of these great savings and fill your bellies with some delicious food at incredible St. Charles restaurants!

 


Participating Restaurants:

Abby's Breakfast and Lunch | 11 North 3rd Street

Alexander's Cafe 64 | 1650 West Main Street

Alley 64 Bar & Grill | 212 West Main Street

The Beehive Tavern & Grille | 204 West Main Street

Brown's Chicken & Pasta | 1910 West Lincoln Highway

Buona Beef | 2425 West Main Street

Charleston on The River | 1 West Illinois Street, Suite 170

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

Chili's Grill & Bar | 3795 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 1625 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 552 South Randall Road

Crazy Fox Bar & Grille | 104 East Main Street

E&S Fish Company | 311 North 2nd Street

El Puente Restaurant | 108 East Main Street

The Evergreen Pub & Grill | 1400 West Main Street

The Filling Station Pub & Grill | 300 West Main Street

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

Gino's East | 1590 East Main Street

Isacco Kitchen | 131 South 1st Street

La ZaZa Trattoria | 5 South 1st Street

McNally's Irish Pub | 109 West Main Street

Nuova Italia Ristorante | 18 North 4th Street

The Office Dining & Spirits | 201 East Main Street

On the Border Mexican Grill & Cantina | 3050 East Main Street

Pub 222 | 222 West Main Street

Puebla Modern Mexican | 51 South 1st Street

Riverside Pizza & Pub | 102 East Main Street

Rookies | 1545 West Main Street

ROX City Grill | 100 West Main Street

Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant | 1850 Lincoln Highway

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

The Finery and Blacksmith Bar | 305 West Main Street

Wok 'n Fire | 181 South 1st Street



Happy Restaurant Week in St. Charles!


Top Benefits for Buying this February!

by The Rullo Team

If buying a new home was on your list of goals for 2017, do not delay! Although winter is generally not considered a prime time to buy a new home, all indicators for the year show that it is the best time to buy. Find your dream home in the Fox River Valley this month! Here are the top ways you will benefit buy buying your new home this February!



You will have higher savings!

Home prices in July and August, which are prime home buying months, are predicted to be 8.45% higher than they currently are. That means that you can enjoy significant savings on the price of the home by buying now instead of waiting for the weather to warm up!



Your interest rate will be lower!

Just as you will save money on the price of the home, you will also enjoy a lower interest rate buy purchasing now. Interest rates are predicted to rise to close to 5% as 2017 progresses. Lock in a lower rate today!



You will have less competition in the market!

Winter is not a popular time to move in Illinois. With cold weather and snow, moving your belongings can be a hassle! That does not mean it should deter you though. In fact, since everyone feels that way, there are less buyers in the market in February. At the same time, there tends to be around the same amount of inventory. This means less competition from buyers which can result in a better deal for you as sellers are more willing to negotiate.



If you are interested in taking advantage of this prime month to Buy your new home, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Great Local Deals for Your Fox Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

There are so many incredible Fox Valley businesses offering products and services to fit your every need. Local company Fox Valley Values helps connect consumers to these great local businesses! Visitors to the website can search hundreds of local Fox Valley businesses. As an added bonuses, you can find exclusive offers and coupons for these stores. With restaurants, local boutiques, and services offered, there is the perfect deal for you on this site!


 

Looking to make some improvements to your Fox Valley home? There are amazing deals being offered through the website now to help you do that. Improve your home's heating and cooling to keep you and your family comfortable all year round. Get ready for spring by stocking up on your lawn care and landscaping needs. Spruce up your home with some beautiful, new home decor. Check out the current deals below to help update your area home, save money, and support local businesses!

 

Special Offers for Your Fox Valley Home

Heating and Cooling

Blue Frost Heating & Cooling (1965 Powis Road, West Chicago)

Current Offers include dryer vent cleaning, deep air duct cleaning, attic insulation, and furnace cleaning, installation, or servicing.

 


McNally's Heating & Cooling (707 Colomba Court #102, St. Charles)

Current Offers include humidifier installation, duct cleaning, Full HVAC installation, furnace installation, and discount on any service.

 

Lawn Care

Ralph Helm Inc. (820 Stover Drive Unit A, Elburn and 36W710 Foothill Road, Elgin)

Current Offers include lawn equipment servicing, setup, and delivery.

 

Tentinger Landscapes (1290 Molitor Road, Aurora)

Current Offers include project consultation and estimate.

 

Home Decor

Cocoon (212 South Third Street, Geneva)

 Current Offers include savings on home decor. 



If you are interested in Buying or Selling a home in the beautiful Fox River Valley, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.  

 

Things to Know About the Home Inspection

by The Rullo Team

Knowing what to expect every step of the way when buying a new home can help eliminate some of the stress from the process. One of the important steps during this process is the Home Inspection. This step occurs before the final closing on your home. A home inspection helps protect you and your investment by allowing you discover any potential issues with the home that might have been overlooked or undisclosed. You can then decide whether to renegotiate with the seller or, if the issues are too extreme, walk away from the home. Here are the important things to keep in mind when you are ready for a home inspection.


Make sure to hire a highly skilled home inspector. You want to make sure that you use someone that will complete a thorough review of the home. In order to find the best home inspector in the Fox River Valley, contact the Rullo Team for our recommendations. Once you have the names of recommended home inspectors, it is smart interview them to find the one best for you. Use this opportunity to find out about their training, expertise, and experience. You should also ask to see their past home inspection reports to make sure that they are highly detailed and offer recommendations for issues found.


Attend the home inspection, if possible. This will allow you to walk through the home with the inspector and find out about any issues immediately. It gives you the opportunity to fully discuss recommended fixes with a professional. The home inspector will review everything between the roof to the basement floor. Although the physical structure of the home and all major systems and appliances will be inspected, realize that there still could be some hidden issues that the inspector just is not equipped to reveal. By having a discussion with him during the process, you can ask questions and find out if there are additional things you should be on the lookout for should you decide to continue with purchasing the home.


For more Home Buying Tips or to Search Homes for Sale in the Fox River Valley, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We are happy to help you every step of the way to find and purchase your dream home!

Romantic Ideas for Valentine's Day in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

It is almost Valentine’s Day! The Fox River Valley is the perfect place for romance this holiday. There is plenty for you and your sweetheart to do. Check out our recommendations for romantic things to do this Valentine’s Day throughout the St. Charles, Geneva, and Batavia!

 

Valentine's Day Farm Dinner

Date: Saturday, February 11th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Heritage Prairie Farm (2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn)

Cost: $100 per person

Enjoy a delicious farm to table meal with your sweetheart at the beautiful Heritage Prairie Farm. Your ticket includes a stunning dinner of beet cured sitka salmon, seared pork belly, smoked duck breast, or vegetarian options, plus dessert, beer and wine! Purchase tickets HERE.



Valentine's Day with Garage Rock Superstars

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street, St. Charles)

Cost: $59 per person

Rock out this Valentine’s Day at the Arcada Theatre. Chicago’s most iconic 1960s and 1970s era rock groups will keep you dancing all night. This concert special will feature The Buckinghams, The Cryan Shames, The Ides of March, The New Colony Six, The Shadows of Knight, and more! Purchase tickets HERE.



Pheasant Run Resort Valentine's Day Package

Dates: Weekends throughout February and Tuesday, February 14th

Time: N/A

Location: Pheasant Run Resort (4051 East Main Street, St. Charles)

Cost: Packages start at $159

Have a romantic getaway near home at the beautiful Pheasant Run Resort. They are offering amazing overnight packages all month long for Valentine’s Day. Take advantage of the Extended Amour Packages, which include overnight accommodations, strawberries and champagne, and an optional couples massage for an additional $199. Call (630)307-1100 to make spa reservations. Book your weekend retreat HERE!  




Valentine's Day at Hotel Baker and ROX City Grill

Date: Tuesday, February 14th

Time: 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Hotel Baker (100 West Main Street, St. Charles)

Cost: $69 per person

Dine on a delectable Prix Fixe menu at Rox City Grill in historic downtown St. Charles. Call (630)845-5800 to make reservations. If you and your sweetheart want some added romance, spend the night at the Hotel Baker. Guest rooms start at $229.

 


Looking for something else to do this Valentine’s Day in the Fox River Valley. Check out one of the incredible restaurants in our communities for a delicious dinner with your sweetheart. Pick up a tasty treat from a local bakery, such as The Sugar Path (315 West State Street, Geneva), which is offering a special Valentine’s Day cupcake and cake menu. Buy your loved one some beautiful flowers from a great florist, such as Batavia Floral in Bloom (319 Main Street, Batavia).



Wishing you and yours a very romantic Valentine’s Day in the Fox River Valley!


 

Geneva IL Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

Explore the best culinary delights Geneva has to offer during Geneva Restaurant Week!! On Monday, January 23rd through Sunday, January 29th, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce is proud to present their annual restaurant week. Eighteen of the finest restaurants and cafes will be offering special discounted dining. Enjoy special lunch menus for $19 and special dinner menus for $39 at the participating locations listed below. Many of the deals can only be found during Restaurant Week so do not miss out! No tickets or coupons are required. Just mention that you would like the Restaurant Week offering to your server. Explore the incredible restaurants located in the great community of Geneva and fill your bellies with some incredible deals!

 


Participating Restaurants:

Altiro Latin Fusion | 308 Anderson Boulevard

Atrium Cafe | 404 South Third Street

Atwater's | 15 South River Lane

Buttermilk | 7 West State Street

Chez Moi | 415 West State Street, Unit 105

Chianti's | 201 South Third Street

Deane's Market & Deli | 500 South Third Street, Suite 141

El Molcajete | 227 South Third Street

Geneva Ale House | 319 West State Street

Gia Mia | 13 North Third Street

Graham's 318 Coffeehouse | 318 South Third Street

The Grandstander | 507 South Third Street

Houlihan's | 1322 Commons Drive

Nobel House | 305 West State Street

Preservation Bread & Wine | 513 South Third Street

Sergio's Cantina | 30 West State Street  

Stockholm's | 306 West State Street

Sweet Natalie's Gluten Free Bakery | 228 South Third Street  


For a list of all of the special offers at these participating restaurants, click HERE!


Happy Dining in Geneva!

 

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