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Tackle These Home Maintenance Tasks This February!

by The Rullo Team

Winter Home MaintenanceWith the cold weather outside, now is the perfect time to take care of some maintenance around the house. Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape the rest of 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 will still be here for the next couple of 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. Your oven sees a lot of action. 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!

Protect your Fox Valley home from extreme temperatures!

by The Rullo Team

This polar vortex we are experiencing is no joke!  The Fox Valley has some of the absolute lowest temperatures seen in decades and this can cause havoc to your home. Protect your largest asset with these tips:

1. Keep your drapes and blinds closed to help insulate your rooms from the cold radiating off windows and doors.  Run your ceiling fans clockwise (looking up) to keep warm air circulating through your home.

2. Keep thermostats set at a higher level.  Many of us try to save on energy bills by setting our thermostats lower at night or when we are away from our homes.  In this extreme weather, it is important to maintain a consistent temperature that is 4-5 degrees higher than you would normally set in order to keep your home warm.

3. Open your cabinet doors.  Keep your doors to kitchen and bathroom cabinets open so that the warm air in your home can circulate around the pipes.

4. Open faucets to a drip to keep water flowing and prevent freezing of pipes.  Frozen pipes can burst and cause severe damage to your home.

5. Furnace filters.  Make sure your furnace filter has been newly changed for best results.

6. Outside faucets.  Are all your outside faucets turned off and hoses detached?  If not, you run the risk of broken pipes and spigots.

If your pipes do freeze in this weather, shut off your main water valve immediately and call a plumbing professional.

For more tips on weathering this extreme cold, follow us on our Facebook page.

Choose The Rullo Team For All Your Real Estate Needs!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

Our incredible, award winning team includes Alex Rullo (Broker), Vicky Rullo (Realtor), Sandy Selander (Buyer Specialist), Adam Rullo (Buyer Specialist), and Denise Huelskamp (Client Care Manager).


The Rullo Team is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of service. With over 3,000 homes sold and 33 years of real estate negotiation, we offer the expertise and experience providing a wide variety of services to meet all of our clients real estate needs in the beautiful Fox River Valley! Work with the best team around for Buying or Selling your home. Give us a call at (630) 513-1771 or visit our website at www.therulloteam.com so we can begin helping you today!

Bundle Up Your Home From The Cold!

by The Rullo Team

Winter is officially here! Our days are filled with cold temperatures and snowfalls. Keep your Fox River Valley home toasty all season long while saving money on your energy costs! Focus on these elements of your home as we enter the coldest months of winter!

  • Energy Monitor - Install this helpful tool to learn where your home uses the most energy so you can easily discover ways to cut costs.

  • Windows - Use a Window Insulation Kit to add an extra layer against the cold. Be sure to properly caulk around all windows to avoid leaks. add an additional buffer against cold air.

  • Doors - Add a draft blocker underneath all outdoor doors. Be sure to caulk and weatherstrip as needed. Consider switching to a Storm Door for added energy efficiency.

  • Furnace - Change the filters to increase airflow and remove illness inducing irritants. Have the system professionally cleaned and adjusted. Save money in the long run by upgrading to an Energy Efficient Furnace. keep your family healthy all season.

  • Insulation - Just as you do to go outside, your home needs to wear some added layers this season. Add insulation between walls, to the basement ceiling, and the attic floor. Also, wrap insulation around your pipes to avoid costly issues from freezing.

  • Thermostat - Keep heating costs low by turning down the heat whenever you leave the house. Also consider reducing the temperature by a couple degress and cuddling up with a warm blanket instead!

 

For additional helpful home owner’s tips, check out our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/!


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

 

Batavia's BatFest This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is next week! Start celebrating this weekend at one of your favorite Fox River Valley annual events....BatFest! Head to downtown Batavia on

Saturday, October 27th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for some festive, family fun! This favorite event features fun contests, great games

and activities, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Halloween parade, Pumpkin bowl, Farmer's Market, and so much more! The best part? All of this fun is FREE!

 


 

Daytime Events

110:00 am - Noon | Downtown Trick-Or-Treating

10:00 am - Noon | Farmers’ Market

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Pumpkin Roll | Hosted by Boy Scout Troop 6

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Marshmallow Shooting Range | Hosted by SoleUnique

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Bat Booth & Games | Hosted by Our Sponsors

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Pumpkin Carving Battles | Hosted by Water Street Studios

11:30 am | BatFest Stories and Songs | Batavia Public Library

11:50 am | Halloween Parade | Hosted by Batavia Mother’s Club and Funway

Main Stage Schedule

10:00 am | SolUnique Dance Performance

10:30 am | Monster Mash Lesson and Performance (Batavia Academy of Dance)

11:00 am | A Step Above Dance Academy Performance

12:15 am | All Dressed Up Costume Contest

12:45 am | Thriller Performance (Batavia Academy of Dance)

1:00 pm | Batavia Animal Clinic Pet Costume Contest

 


Image Credit: Batavia Mainstreet

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

 

How to build a GREAT Credit Score

by The Rullo Team

If you’re looking to purchase a home, having good credit gives you many more options.  For many people, however, building can be difficult if they don’t have past credit or if they’ve experienced a financial hardship that brought their credit score down.  If you find yourself in either category, there’s no need to get upset.  What you need to do is focus on the areas which help you build your credit score back to the top.

First, if you’ve never had any credit to your name, here’s what you need to do now:

  1. Apply for a secured credit card.  This is to help you establish credit, without putting down a deposit.  This won’t be used for the long-term, just to get you started.
  2. Apply for a credit builder loan- This is exactly what it sounds like.  A way to build your credit with a manageable loan amount.
  3. Do you have someone who could co-sign a loan?  If so, you can opt for this option to build credit, but normally at a lower interest rate.
  4. Make sure the rent you pay is being reported to the credit bureaus. RentalKharma and RentTrack are just a couple of platforms who will do this.

If your credit has taken a hit in recent months or years, working to rebuild it is critical.  Building good credit takes at least 6 months of an on-time payment history. Building good credit habits will help you get back on track.

  1. Make 100% of your payments on time.  This includes; rent, credit cards, utilities, school loans and medical bills.
  2. Keep your credit utilization low.  Meaning not more than 30% of the credit offered should be used.
  3. Keep your accounts open for as long as possible. Unless one of your unused accounts has an annual, all accounts should be kept open and active to count toward your length of credit, payment history and utilization.
  4. Make sure not to open too many accounts as this will initially lower your credit score and shorten the average time open of all accounts.
  5. Check your credit reports frequently for errors and your credit score on a monthly basis to see your progress.  Websites like www.creditkarma.com and www.nerdwallet.com, offer free credit score checking without causing a ‘hard hit’ to your credit.

For more helpful information for home buying, check out website and facebook page regularly.

Top Trends for Gardening in 2018!

by The Rullo Team

Outdoor space is just as important as indoor space and is the first impression an individual has of your home.  Landscaping and gardening to increase curb appeal will help to sell your home, but you need to choose wisely.  Below are tips for creating the outdoor ambiance you're looking for:

1. Evaluate your soil before planning your landscaping and gardens.  The soil makeup, access to sunlight and your climate, will dictate the types of plants you should use.

2. While it is very easy to snap of flowers and greens by beauty alone, it's important to look at plants that are hearty for your climate.  Here are a few to consider in the Midwest:  Orange Butterfly Milkweed, Coneflower, Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Little Bluestem, Switchgrass, and Goldenrod.

3. Outdoor trends for 2018 include beautiful Zen Gardens to promote relaxation and peace in your outdoor space.  To create a meditative space include a natural bench facing the sun, a waterfall or pond, native greens and a well-appointed serene piece of outdoor art. 

4. Kitchen- It may sound strange but outdoor kitchens are actually upstaging indoor ones in 2018!  Why?  We all want to maximize our outdoor living space and take advantage of the seasons. Create your outdoor kitchen with comfortable seating, shading, grill, fridge and easily accessible snacks.

5. Are you the type of individual who loves the color and beauty of a garden but doesn't want the daily maintenance of one?  Then the "Bedhead" garden is for you!  HGTV defines the Bedhead Garden as one with easy care and random structure. Think ornamental grass, use of stone and wood with drought-proof plants.

Looking for more tips to upgrade your home or create curb appeal?  Check out our website:  www.therulloteam.com

Mark Your Calendars for the Kane County Fair!

by The Rullo Team

Mark your calendars for the Fox River Valley’s top rated summer event…..the Kane County Fair and Festival!! Celebrate the fair’s 150th year on Wednesday, July 18th, through Sunday, July 22nd, at the Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles). There is something for everyone on the Midway! Enjoy free music concerts daily at the Miller Lite Sound Stage. Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddy Land, magic shows, racing pigs, petting zoo, obstacle course, and much more! For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand to watch several different special events! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the Kane County Fair and Festival!

Miller Lite Sound Stage Schedule

Thursday, July 19th

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

**All Miller Lite Sound Stage performances are FREE with fair admission!**

Grandstand Schedule   

Thursday, July 19th

  • 7:00 pm | Monster Truck Show

    • Admission: $10 per person

Friday, July 20th

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Saturday, July 21st

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Sunday, July 23rd

  • 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm | Smash Em Bash Em Demolition Derby

    • Admission: $10 per person

**Tickets for shows sold at Grandstand each night starting at 6:00 pm. Discounted tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows available at Ticketmaster.**

Hours of Operation

Wednesday | 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Thursday | 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Friday | 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Saturday | 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sunday | 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

**Exhibit halls close 2 hours earlier than the Midway.**

Ticket Information

General Admission

  • Wednesday | FREE for all!

  • Thursday | $5 per person | FREE for Senior Citizens (ages 62+) and Military (with ID) until 5:00 pm

  • Friday - Sunday | $10 per adult | $5 per child (ages 3-12)

Season Tickets

  • $20 per person

**Purchase tickets in advance HERE!**

 


The Rullo Team wishes everyone an amazing time at the 2018 Kane County Fair!!


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