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2016 Home & Lifestyle Expo

by The Rullo Team

Have you been thinking about updating your home? Or have you just purchased a home that is not looking like your own yet? Then this weekend you may want visit Pheasant Run Resort for the 2016 Home & Lifestyle Expo! Over 100 top brands and representatives will be on hand from the home improvement and home furnishings industry. High end custom home builders as well as local contractors, installers and vendors can answer questions and you can see a wide variety of products available for your home improvement projects.

Also featured will be Kelly Edwards, Host & Lifestyle expert who is best known for Hosting HGTV’s “Design on a Dime”. Kelly is known for her helpful design tips with an emphasis on personal style and affordable ideas and repurposing items for a new look for your home.

The Expo runs from Friday, September 30, 12-9 p.m., Saturday, October 1st, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

and Sunday, October 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Tickets are $10 at the door and can be purchased in advance

Pheasant Run Resort

4051 East Main Street

St. Charles, IL 60174

 

Kitchen and Bath cabinetry displays

Outdoor and Patio furniture

Carpet, tile, hardwood flooring

Living &Dining room furniture

Windows and doors

Lighting, bath, plumbing fixtures, tubs showers

Infant and Youth bedroom furniture

Home theatre, electronics and audio equipment

Saunas, hot tubs

Custom home building solutions

Celebrity appearances & much, much more!!

www.2016homeshow.com for more information

5 Fall Home Staging Ideas for your Listing!

by The Rullo Team

Hoping to sell your home before the end of the year? Staging is an important step for all home sellers. It helps potential homebuyers visual themselves in the space and can increase the perceived value of your home. Adding seasonal touches add a nice touch but don’t over do it.

Make your Fox River Valley home extra cozy and welcoming this season by following these 5 fall home staging ideas.


Add Curb Appeal. The outside of your home is the first impression for homebuyers. You want to entice the buyers into your home by making sure it looks its best before they walk through the front door. The first step to ensure curb appeal is to make sure that you maintain the landscaping. As the weather begins to cool, your garden and lawn can start to lose some of its beauty. Rake up leaves, remove dead plants, and trim trees and bushes. You can also add a few seasonal decorative touches to the front entryway.



Mums the Word. Add splashes of beautiful autumnal colors inside and out with gold and orange chrysanthemums. Pick up a perfectly round pumpkin to really add some fall decor to your space. Just don’t overwhelm any room with too much color. You just want to add some accents for points of interest.



Let in the Light. The changing season also means shorter days. Natural light help make your home look its best. Always keep drapes and blinds open to let in the sunshine. Turn on overhead lights in darker rooms or for showings that occur later in the day. If more night is needed, add some accent lights with tabletop and floor lamps.



Entice with Fall Smells. Your home will feel especially homey by adding fall scents, such as pumpkin spice, cinnamon, apple pie, or leaves. Add some scented candles or air fresheners throughout key spaces in your home to add a cozy feeling for all home buyers.



Keep a Cozy Fireplace. With crisp fall nights and the upcoming winter months, a fireplace can be an attractive feature for Illinois homebuyers. You want to make sure yours looks its best. Keep it clean and highlight it with simple decor. It can be dangerous to leave a fireplace unattended. If you are able to monitor it during an open house, however, a fire can really add some warmth to your home.



If you are a Buyer looking to find your dream home this fall in the Fox River area, the Rullo Team is here to help! We have incredible Featured Properties currently available! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Pumpkin Daze

by The Rullo Team

 

 

PUMPKIN DAZE AT ABBEY FARMS

 

Set in an old-fashioned farm setting in Aurora is a variety of autumn activities that will please the entire family. The Pumpkin Daze runs from September 17 through October 31st and includes tractor rides, pick-your-own pumpkin patch, large corn maze, petting zoo and human hamster ball and more! The seasonal country store sells pumpkin and apple cinnamon donuts, pies and selection of homemade breads. Be sure to reserve a fire pit and enjoy relaxing in the Craft beer garden and wine tent. Abbey Farms is a nonprofit organization and all proceeds from events go to benefit the various ministries of the Monk of Marmion Abbey.

For additional information go to abbeyfarms.org

2855 Hart Road

Aurora, IL 60502

630.966.7775

 

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Terrific Upcoming Events for the Fox Valley Area!

by The Rullo Team

Looking for something fun to do over the last few weeks in September? There are plenty of fun fall events to fill up your calendar this month. Wherever you go in the Fox Valley, whether it is St. Charles, Geneva, or Batavia, you and your family will have a great time at one of these upcoming community events. 


Harvest Hustle 5K Run/Walk

Date: Saturday, September 24th

Time: 5:30 pm (race start time) - 7:30 pm

Location: Peck Farm Park (4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

Cost: $39 per person (registration including shirt); $20 (race only registration)

Tie up your running shoes and get active as the sun sets during the annual Harvest Hustle Twilight All-Terrain 5K. After breaking a sweat during the race, have fun at the post-race celebration! There will be delicious food from Chick-fil-A available! If you are looking for something else to refuel after the race, there will be additional food and beverages available for purchase. Same day registration and check-in for the race begins at 4:30 pm. Pre-registration is available HERE.

 


Primrose Farm Frolic

Date: Sunday, September 25th

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

Location: Primrose Farm (5N726 Crane Road, St. Charles)

Cost: $8 per person (ages 12+), $4 (ages 3-11), FREE (ages 2 and under)

Spend the day on a working dairy farm from the 1930s while participating in a ton of fun fall activities at the Farm Frolic! Get lost in the straw maze. Have your face painted before playing some old fashioned games. Go for a pony ride and meet other farm animals. Watch historic demonstrations of buttermaking, blacksmithing, corn shelling, and more. There will be live music and delicious refreshments available from Inglenook Pantry. All activities are included in the price of admission!

 


Batavia House Walk

Date: Sunday, September 25th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Downtown Batavia

Cost: $20 per person (pre-sale), $25 (day of walk)

Gain rare access into four beautiful Batavia homes. This event features the architecture, design, and history of homes in our community. Walk participants can also enjoy a cup of tea in the Newton House. From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm, head over to Water Street Studios for a cocktail hour with snacks and live music!


Mom and Son Wagon Ride

Date: Thursday, September 29th

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: West Main Community Park (40W101 West Main Street, Batavia)

Cost: $10 per person (resident), $12 (Batavia non-resident), $13 (non-resident)

Celebrate fall with a special evening out with just your son. Moms and sons (ages 3-10) will enjoy a wagon ride through the park. Decorate a pumpkin together just in time for Halloween. There will also be dinner and s’mores. Pre-registration is required for this event and can be done HERE.

 


Heirloom Apple Fest   

Date: Sunday, October 2nd

Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Durant House Museum (37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles)

Cost: FREE (admission for fest), $3 per person (tour of house)

Did you know that the apples we buy at the grocery story today are different from the ones in the 19th century? Learn about this and more fun apple facts at the Heirloom Apple Fest. You will learn the different ways that apples were prepared. There will also be games and other fun activities out on the lawn. For a small admission fee, tours of the Durant House will be available during the fest.




We can't wait to see you at these fantastic events in the Fox Valley!!

 

Antique Shopping in the Fox Valley

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

Finding Antiques in the Fox Valley…

Did you love antiques? If you do, you are in luck because the Fox Valley is a great place to hunt for such treasures. Antiques are great way to add a personal touch to your home, but also repurposing furniture and household items is good for the environment. Here are a few to check out:

 

Kane County Antique and Flea Market

Located at the Kane County Fair Grounds on the first Sunday and preceding Saturday of every month from March to December, this Flea Market has a just about everything you are looking for.

525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles

www.kanecountyfleamarket.com

 

Amazing Grace Antiques

Inside a historic home in Elburn, Amazing Grace is filled with affordable treasures, inside and out! You will enjoy the friendly hometown welcome when you arrive, and are sure to leave with a special item!

401 N. Main Street (Route 47), Elburn

630.365.2006, www.amazingraceantiques.dabz/

 

Bee Attitudes Antiques

Situated on the corner of Route 31 and Wilson Street in a historic home from 1886 called Gammon Corner, this shop has a wonderful variety of antiques! Set against the Victorian interior of the former home, this shop contains 8 dealers that have anything from furniture to silverware and everything in between.

Rt. 31 & Wilson Street, Batavia

630.761.0813

What Fits in Your 1,500 or 2,500 Square Foot Home?

by The Rullo Team

Square footage is an incredibly important factor when house hunting. You want to ensure that your new home will comfortably accommodate you and your family now and into the future….along with have space for all of your belongings! Houses that are staged are beneficial in order to visualize how you can utilize the space and what can and cannot fit when you move in. Not all houses on the market are staged for showings though so how can you know what fits in a 1,500 square foot or 2,500 square foot home? Real estate website Trulia got creative and discovered what unique items they could fill in these two sized homes.


What fits in a 1,500 square foot home?



This comfortably sized home is perfect for first time homeowners. Although the prices vary for such homes across the country, they tend to be an affordable option as a starter home. There is plenty of space for a couple moving up from a rental property to fit their belongings within the 1,500 square feet. And, there are perks for living in a smaller home…….less area to keep clean, lower utility bills, and extra money to spend on updates within the home itself!


What fits in a 2,500 square foot home?


For many American families, 2,500 square feet is the perfect size home. In fact, this was the median square footage for newly constructed single-family homes in 2015, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These new homes mostly have 4+ bedrooms along with 3 or more bathrooms, allowing for plenty of space for a family.



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


Resource: Trulia

Festival of the Vine

by The Rullo Team

 

Festival of the Vine in Geneva…

 

Looking for a really fun way to spend this beautiful upcoming weekend?? The Geneva Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring their annual Festival of the Vine, activities include wine tasting, the “Flavor Fare” which is a sampling of Geneva’s finest restaurants and great entertainment! Don’t miss the Arts & Craft show and for the kids there is complimentary face painting on the Courthouse lawn! You will find activities to suit everyone and be sure to ride the scenic trolley to get around town.

The festival runs September 9-11 and is not to be missed!

For additional information go to http://www.genevachamber.com/festival_of_vine.php 

 

 

Home Buying Myths Debunked!

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. 

Fox Valley Area Apple Orchards Opening for Labor Day Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Labor Day Weekend marks the unofficial end of summer. The weather in Illinois is starting to cool down and kids are returning to school. Although it is sad to have summer coming to a close, it also means that fall is just around the corner! Along with the beautiful autumnal colors and refreshingly crisp nights, one of our favorite things about fall is Apple Picking! Kick off your Labor Day Weekend by grabbing some fresh apples at one of these great local orchards!

 

Head to Kuipers Family Farm (1N318 Watson Road) in Maple Park to pick some Red Frees, Blondees, Ginger Golds, Galas, or countless other varieties of apples. Admission to the orchard is $10.00 per person and includes a ¼ peck bag of apples and a hayride. The orchard will be open this weekend from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm on Saturday and 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on Sunday. The farm will also be open on Labor Day! After picking your own apples, be sure to stop by the shop and bakery for an extra special treat, such as a hand dipped caramel apple or fresh apple cider doughnut!

 

Plank Road Apple Orchard (50W737 Plank Road) in Sycamore will be opening this Saturday, September 3rd, to kick off the season. Their hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday through Monday. There are plenty of Gala and Ginger Gold apples waiting for you to pick them!

 

Don’t let the name fool you! Goebbert's Pumpkin Patch (42W813 Reinking Road) in Hampshire has so much more than just pumpkins! Their U-Pick apples orchard opened in August. It is open daily from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Head over there this weekend to get all your apples for the delicious pie you plan on baking!

 

 

We wish you and your family a very safe and fun Labor Day Weekend!

Fox Valley Tips for Simple Home Maintenance

by The Rullo Team

Home maintenance is considered a chore for a reason. Between work, taking care of the kids, and other cleaning that needs to be taken care of around the house, it often gets pushed to the side. It’s something that no one wants to spend their free time doing and can seem tedious. However, it can help cut energy costs and preserve Your Home's Value for the future. By doing regular, easy home maintenance tasks you can keep your Fox Valley area home in tip top shape! Follow these Top 10 Tips for simple home maintenance.

1. Do a Deep Clean

Perform a deep clean on everything inside of your house. Remove accumulated dust, dirt, and grime buildup throughout the rooms in your house. Clean appliances. Get rid of any mold and mildew buildup in rooms where moisture accumulates. Not only will this clean help your home looking its best but it will also allow to identify any potential problems in your house that might need further attention and repair.

2. Clean Your Dryer Vent

A clogged dryer vent is one of the leading causes of house fires. Ensuring that this does not happen is incredibly easy to do! Along with cleaning out your dryer lint trap every time you use the dryer, you should regularly clear the dryer connection. The dryer connection is the tube/pipe that attaches the appliance to the outdoor vent. Pull the tube out and vacuum it clean of all the lint that has been accumulating within the pipe and the pipe connection. After cleaning it out, reattach the pipe to the dryer and make sure that it is properly connected.

3. Clear Out Your Drains

No one wants to shower while standing in water up to your ankles. Make sure to keep your drains cleared out to avoid more serious problems such as a sewer backup. For less severe drain clogs, pouring boiling water down the drain can fix the issue. If that doesn’t fully clear it up, use a snake to remove the blockage. Always keep your plumber’s phone number handy if problems persist. Purchase a hair strainer to prevent the issue in the future.

4. Replace Your Toilet Flapper

A leaky toilet tank can prematurely wear out the toilet and cause water damage to the bathroom floor. If you notice that your toilet is leaking, the flapper needs to be replaced. After turning off the water supply to the toilet using the valve in the back, empty the tank by flushing the toilet. Remove excess water left in the tank and the flush chain from the lever. You can then slide the existing flapper off and replace it with the new one. Reconnect the chain and turn the water supply back on.

5. Fill Holes and Cracks in the Wall

There are very simple and cheap fixes to cover small holes and cracks in your drywall. A cosmetic sponge can be used to fill those holes. Cut it down to size, push it into the hole, and spackle over it. For those small cracks, add a bit baking soda to strong, fast acting glue and spread the mixture over the crack. This will create a strong surface that can easily be smoothed down by sanding it.

6. Fix Your Windows

Avoid high energy bills by ensuring that your windows are keeping in the cold air or heat. With the cold winter months approaching in Illinois, you want to make sure that heat does not escape your home. Check the caulking around your windows. If there are any cracks or holes, remove the existing caulk with a box cutter and then apply a new line of it along the seam. To get a straight line of caulk, use painter’s tape. Remove the tape while the caulk is still wet. You can also fix a drafty window by applying an inexpensive insulating window film to the glass. Find a tiny hole in the glass? You can repair it with clear nail polish! Allowing the nail polish to dry in between applications, keep adding layers of the polish until it is flush with the glass.

7. Get Rid of the Squeak Below Your Feet

Do you hardwood floors squeak when you walk of them? There is an easy fix for that. The culprit of the creak is moisture. Identify the floorboards that are creaking and sprinkle talcum powder on them. Take a makeup brush and sweep the powder in the cracks between the boards. This will help to soak up the moisture and remove the noise.

8. Clean Your Fridge Coils

Your refrigerator is one of the items in your home that uses up the most energy. To help cut your utility costs, there is a simple fix. By vacuuming the coils underneath or in back of your fridge, you will keep it running as efficiently as possible.

9. Inspect the Safety Features in Your Home

Make sure you and your family stay safe in your home by inspecting your fire extinguishers and smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For the fire extinguisher, make sure that it is in an easily accessible spot, check for adequate pressure, and ensure that no wear and tear has occurred. For the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, dust them off, ensure that they are working properly by pushing the test buttons, and replace batteries if necessary.

10. Take Care of Your Gutters

Protect the exterior of your home and avoid more serious damage by regularly clearing your gutters of debris and buildup. If your home isn’t too tall, you can safely clean the gutters yourself by using a ladder. Remove all the muck that has been accumulating in the gutters. Then, take your garden hose to flush any remaining debris out and to make sure that water flows properly through them. If you notice that your gutters are sagging or pulling away from the house, replace the fasteners and hangers. As the leaves begin to fall this Autumn, it is important to make sure that your gutters are ready for any weather that comes our way. 

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