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Keep Your Pet Warm And Safe This Winter Season!

by The Rullo Team

As temperatures continue to drop this winter in the Fox River Valley, it is important to think about your pets safety as well as your own.  Here are some tips to ensure your pet is safe and cozy during these cold temperatures:


1. Make sure they have had their check-up with the Veterinarian to identify any health issues that may need special attention during winter months.

2. Below zero temperatures can be very detrimental to your pet.  Many think that because they have added a winter coat or additional layer of fat that they can withstand long periods out in the cold.  This couldn't be farther from the truth.  Pets paws can freeze as well as damage to other body parts from extended time in the cold.

3. Like their human counterparts, pets like to be warm and cozy when they are sleeping.  Make sure to provide additional options during colder months.

4. Pets should remain inside at all times unless being walked.

5. Salt pellets can attach easily to your pet.  Make sure to wipe them down when they return to the house to ensure the pellets and deicers don't cause damage to their paws or coat.

6. Immediately clean-up any toxic matters that spill.  Antifreeze is a great example of this as your dog could have a fatal reaction.  Within your home, make sure medications and non-dog friendly foods are kept out of reach.

7. Many animals become lost during the winter.  Make sure your pet has a collar with name and contact info as well as a microchip.


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Get Festive This Weekend In Downtown Geneva!

by The Rullo Team

Get in the holiday spirit this weekend in beautiful Geneva IL! There are fun, festive activities taking place every day downtown! Join your friends, family, and neighbors for a fa-la-la good time in our very own winter wonderland!


Kick off the Yuletide cheer on Friday, December 6th, with the CHRISTMAS WALK! Head to the courthouse square at 6:00 pm for the arrival of Saint Lucia, a visit from Santa, and the lighting of the tree. Stick around until 9:30 pm for all your favorite holiday traditions, including carol era, roasted chestnuts, and a live nativity! 


Throughout the weekend, be sure to swing by SANTA’S WORKSHOP! Santa will be visiting with the children of Geneva at the corner of South Third and James Streets. Tell him your wish list and have your photo taken. Santa will be available on Friday between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm and on both weekend days from Noon to 4:00 pm. His workshop will remain open on the weekends through Christmas Eve. 


Enjoy the sights and sounds of historic downtown Geneva on a classic CARRIAGE RIDE! Bundle up with your blanket and relax on your free ride starting from the corner of South Third and James Street. Rides are available Saturday and Sunday between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. They will be available every weekend during those times until December 22nd.


This is but a small taste of all the holiday fun taking place this weekend! Many of your favorite downtown businesses are hosting special events and activities for all to enjoy. So you don’t miss out on any of the fun, click HERE for the full schedule!

 

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a jolly good time this weekend in Geneva! For more great events throughout this holiday season, Follow Us On Facebook and  Check Out Our Website!

 


 

Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce 

Get In The Festive Spirit At St. Charles’ 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 29th and Saturday, November 30th for a jolly good time. This weekend will be 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 29th: 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 30th: 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

November's Fabulous Featured Fox Valley Homes!

by The Rullo Team

November is an excellent time of year to find and purchase your dream home!!

Take a look at these fantastic featured homes!

4N589 HIGH MEADOW ROAD, ST. CHARLES, IL $569,900

4 Bedrooms/ 3.5 Baths/ 3,995 SqFt

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Wonderfully updated home on a beautiful wooded lot in sought after neighborhood - renovated kitchen, baths, fixtures, hardware... Exceptional millwork... Elegant move-in decor!! You will love the granite kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances and the octagonal dinette that opens to a dramatic 2-story 4-season sunroom which leads to an expansive maintenance free pergola deck and brick paved patio with a granite kitchen which overlooks a truly spectacular private setting!! Master bedroom with a cozy fireplace, 2 walk-in closets, and a luxurious bath with Jacuzzi and body spray shower - huge bedrooms all with dual closets... Bedroom 3 opens to a 17x12 versatile bonus room! Sunken family room with impressive fireplace also opens to the lovely sunroom... Finished walk-out basement with bath, recessed wet bar, fireplace, playroom, and a rec room that opens to the private lower patio and the beautifully landscaped yard with stone outcroppings!!!

 

426 WOLCOTT LANE, BATAVIA, IL  $239,900.

3 Bedrooms/ 2.5 Baths/ 1,903 SqFt

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Lovely townhome in fabulous location close to Randall Road corridor w/shopping, dining & entertainment! Bright flowing floor plan w/great rm, stainless kitchen & spacious dining room w/transom glass door opening to upper deck backing to serene pond & mature trees. Vaulted foyer; 1st floor laundry, Multi-purpose 2nd floor loft; master w/walk-in closet & private bath; nice size bedrooms throughout; full English basement; 2-car attached garage. Newer: carpet, oven, dishwasher, hot water heater, sump pump... All on a beautiful premium lot offering privacy, lush landscaping & gorgeous pond vistas! Quick close possible - great value!

 

3074 RENARD LANE, ST. CHARLES, IL  $239,900.

3 Bedrooms/ 2.5 Baths/ 2,031 SqFt

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Totally renovated in 2015 this home stands above the rest and shows like a model home... New kitchen, baths... Updated flooring and fixtures!!! Totally renovated granite kitchen with island/breakfast bar, custom maple cabinetry with soft close drawers, and Stainless Steel appliances... Huge master bedroom suite - note size - with vaulted ceiling, sitting area, dual mirrored closets... Family room with fireplace... Convenient 2nd floor laundry... Garage with epoxy floor... And a fabulous open flexible floor plan that will suit any lifestyle!! Very convenient location close to the Randall Road shopping restaurant corridor, Otter Cove Aquatic Park, and bike path... Private lot with towering trees!!

 

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Important Home Maintenance Tasks To Complete Before Winter!

by The Rullo Team

With winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to take care of some maintenance around the house. Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape through the holiday season and into the new year 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 weather will be here before we know it! That means freezing temperatures and percipitation. Keep shovels and snow gear 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 will see a lot of action. There is might be 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. Once your oven is clean, you will be all set for the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts you will soon be having!

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 colder months. 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. Complete a property inspection before it gets too cold to be outside. This is important since it allows you the chance to catch major issues before they occur during the winter. Check the conditions of gutters, look for exposed 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.

7. Clean your Dryer Vent- Keeping your dryer vent clear of excess lint is critical to maintaining your machine and for preventing fires.



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Mark Your Calendars For Batavia's BatFest!

by The Rullo Team

We know that this time of year can be busy with the school year, changing seasons, holiday prep, and more! But, Halloween festivities offer a fun respite from the every day chores of the season. There are few better Halloween events in the Fox River Valley than the annual BatFest! Be certain to mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm for a ghoulishly good time. On that date, head on over to downtown Batavia for fun contests, great games and activities, live performances, downtown Trick-or-Treating, Halloween parade, Pumpkin bowl, Farmer's Market, and so much more! The best part? All of this fun is FREE for the whole family!

 


Daytime Events

10:00 am - Noon | Downtown Trick-Or-Treating

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Activities at The Peg Bond Center

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Farmers’ Market

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

10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Bat Booth & Games

11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Live Bats & Other Critters | Hosted by Beardsgaard Barbers

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 by Batavia Academy of Dance

11:00 am | A Step Above Dance Academy Performance

12:15 am | Costume Contest | Hosted by April Duda Photography

  12:45 am | Thriller Performance by Batavia Academy of Dance

1:00 pm | Pet Costume Contest | Presented by Batavia Animal Clinic and Sponsored by Two Bostons

 

 

Happy BatFast! Follow The Rullo Team on Facebook and check out our Website for other great community events in Batavia and the broader Fox River Valley area!

Image Credit: Batavia Mainstreet

Get Your Fox River Valley Home Ready For Colder Temps!

by The Rullo Team

Winter might still seem like a distant prospect in our future (thank goodness!). However, as we approach the end of the year, the days will just keep getting colder. Get your Fox River Valley home ready for the upcoming cold season by starting to winterize now. You will be able to do any necessary work while it is still comfortable enough to do so AND it will keep you and your family toasty all cold season long while also saving you money on your energy costs! Focus on these elements of your home as the temperatures drop!

  • Energy Monitor - Install this helpful tool to learn where your home uses the most energy so you can easily discover ways to cut costs this upcoming winter.....and ALL year round!

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

  • Doors - Once the temperature drops significantly, 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. You will stay warm and keep your family healthy all season.

  • Fireplace - Hire a professional chimney sweep to come clean and inspect your chimney. Doing so now will ensure that you can get someone into your home before they go into their busy season and will keep you safe by removing any potential dangers that could occur the first time you light a fire this fall.

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

  • 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 Scarecrow Fest!!!!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in St. Charles means it is time for one of your favorite annual community events……..Scarecrow Fest!!! Gather your post, straw, old clothes, and other accessories and start Creating The Best Scarecrow this city has ever seen! Do not delay! Scarecrow Fest is fast approaching! Mark your calendars for the 34th annual Scarecrow Fest being held on Friday, October 11th, through Sunday, October 13th. This FREE event in Downtown St. Charles is filled with fun for the whole family. Enjoy delicious food, incredible live entertainment, fun kids activities, and more! Do not miss special events, such as the Scarecrow Contest and Autumn on the Fox Arts & Crafts Show. Here is all the information you need to plan your weekend at the upcoming Scarecrow Fest!

 

Live Entertainment!

Main Stage at Lincoln Park

Friday, October 11th

  • 1:00 pm | Elite Academy of Dance

  • 2:00 pm | Dreams Dance Academy

  • 3:00 pm | Batavia Academy of Dance

  • 4:00 pm | School of Rock Geneva

  • 6:00 pm | Scarlett Fever

Saturday, October 2th

  • 10:00 am | Thompson Middle School Choir & Orchestra

  • 10:45 am | St. Charles Dance Academy

  • 11:30 am | Dance Dynamics

  • 12:30 pm | GARY Jazz Group

  • 2:00 | Clayton Mann

  • 4:00 pm | Covington Grove

  • 6:00 pm | Six String Crossing

Sunday, October 13th

 

Carnival!

3rd & Cedar Streets

Hours of Operation

  • Thursday, October 10th | 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Friday, October 11th | 12:00 pm 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Saturday, October 12th | 11:00 am 4:00 pm & 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

  • Sunday, October 13th | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

 

 

Event Details!

Dates: Friday, October 11thSunday, October 13th

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’ 34th Annual Scarecrow Fest!  

Image Credit: Greater St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau


 

Check out these amazing Featured Homes for September!

by The Rullo Team

September's Incredible Featured Homes!

How can we assist you in finding your dream home?


5N501 ABBEY GLEN DRIVE, ST. CHARLES, IL

$539,765.

5 Bedrooms/ 5 Baths/ 4,874 SqFt

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Quality built home with elaborate trim & moldings, transom & full bay windows, glistening hardwoods on entire first floor... Finished walk-out basement, 5 full baths, private tree lined lot & much more! 2-story foyer with split "T" stairway & leaded glass entry... Huge kitchen with Corian counters, built-in ovens - dinette opens to upper deck & beautiful yard with expansive brick paved patio & walkways! Den with wall of built-ins, closet, & connecting full bath... Impressive 2-story family room with stacked windows & dramatic fireplace! Master bedroom with tray ceiling, whirlpool bath... All bedrooms are spacious & have big walk-in closets... Bedroom 2 with en-suite bath... Bedrooms 3 & 4 with jack 'n jill bath! Quality finished deep pour walk-out basement with full bath, fireplace, built-ins, rec area & lots of windows!! New: roof, gutters, 3 zone furnace & air conditioner, freshly painted & more!! Wonderful neighborhood - fish in the community pond!

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929 FOX GLEN DRIVE, ST. CHARLES, IL

$799,000.

4 Bedrooms/ 6.5 Baths/ 8,748 SqFt

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Exceptional home & value-enjoy 8,700 sq ft of living in this custom home located on one of the most scenic lots to be found!! This high gently sloping private lot commands amazing year-round wooded & water views that overlook the St. Charles Country Club Golf Course...The beautifully landscaped yard with in-ground pool & built-in spa is stunning! This impressive home has exceptional millwork & detail throughout & a fabulous open floor plan...Foyer with floating stairway...Living room with 19 ft ceiling & fireplace... Dramatic 2- story family room with soaring fireplace,recessed wet bar & walls of stacked widows...Granite kitchen with stainless steel appliances opens to upper decks & incredible yard...Richly paneled den with fireplace & boxed beamed ceiling...The 2nd floor features a versatile 31x17 loft with wide planked hardwood flooring...Master bedroom retreat with luxurious vaulted bath with body spray shower-3 spacious bedrooms each with en-suite bath!! Finished deep pour walk-out basement opens to expansive patios...Recent updates include wood shake roof,windows,flooring,fixtures...

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4N589 HIGH MEADOW ROAD, ST. CHARLES, IL

$575,000.

4 Bedrooms/ 3.5 Baths/ 3,995 SqFt

View more photos here

Wonderfully updated home on a beautiful wooded lot in sought after neighborhood - renovated kitchen, baths, fixtures, hardware... Exceptional millwork... Elegant move-in decor!!  You will love the granite kitchen with Stainless Steel appliances and the octagonal dinette that opens to a dramatic 2-story 4-season sunroom which leads to an expansive maintenance free pergola deck and brick paved patio with a granite kitchen which overlooks a truly spectacular private setting!! Master bedroom with a cozy fireplace, 2 walk-in closets, and a luxurious bath with Jacuzzi and body spray shower - huge bedrooms all with dual closets... Bedroom 3 opens to a 17x12 versatile bonus room! Sunken family room with impressive fireplace also opens to the lovely sunroom... Finished walk-out basement with bath, recessed wet bar, fireplace, playroom, and a rec room that opens to the private lower patio and the beautifully landscaped yard with stone outcroppings!!!

 

Fall is an excellent time to purchase your dream home!  Less competition and bidding wars...and a great inventory of homes!  What does your dream home look like?  Let our team of experts find and negotiate the perfect home for you!

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Labor Day Weekend Festivities in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Labor Day Weekendis here! Celebrate the unofficial end of summer in the beautiful Fox River Valley! Host a fantastic backyard barbecue with family and friends! Spend time in the great outdoors at one of the amazing recreational facilities in the area. Or attend one of the fun filled community festivals taking place this weekend! 


Maple Park Fun Fest 2019

Date: Saturday, August 31st - Sunday, September 1st

Time: 5:00 pm - 6:00pm

Location: Central Gardens of North Iowa (800 2nd Avenue North, Clear Lake)

Cost: FREE admission!

Do not miss on all the fun to be had this weekend at this year’s Maple Park Fun Fest! Explore the car show. Find unique goods at the craft show. Participate in the bags tournament. Bring your children to the Kids Zone for great activities. Decorate your bike and wagon for the parade. Listen to hours of live entertainment. Dine on delicious cuisine from the numerous food vendors. And, watch a spectacular fireworks display! Check out every thing that is going on during this fabulous community event by checking out the full schedule HERE

43rd Annual Fox Valley Folk Music and Storytelling Festival

Date: Sunday, September 1st - Monday, September 2nd

Time: 11:00 am - 8:30 pm (Sunday) | 11:00 am - 6:00 pm (Monday)

Location: Island Park (2 East State Street, Geneva)

Cost: $25 per adult | $15 per teen | FREE for children 12 & under

Spend Labor Day weekend with music and words at this incredible community event! Enjoy fantastic live musical performances by Boo BradleyBob BoveeCajun StrangersAndrew & Casey CalhounCurtis & LorettaMark DvorakDel ReyGina ForsythJohn GorkaDonna Herula DuoRev. Robert JonesDavid MassengillJohn RobertsRed Tail RingSteam MachineMichael SmithPop WagnerMatt Watroba, and more! Listen to stories byDonna WashingtonMegan WellsRev. Robert JonesDavid MassengillFox Valley Storytelling Guild, and more! Attend special workshops withChicago Sacred Harp SingersTwo Way Street Favorites, and more! Do not miss the Old Time Barn Dance and Ghost Stories on Sunday evening only. Check out the full schedule HERE

2019 Downtown Batavia Block Party

Date: Sunday, September 1st

Time: 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Downtown Batavia (Peg Bond Center & North River)

Cost: FREE Admission!

There is fun for the whole family at the Downtown Batavia Block Party. Play fun lawn games and bags. Enter your most delicious pie in the bake-off. Marvel at classic cars. Dance the night away to live performances by River City Revival, The Heavy LiftingBatavia Academy of Dance, and The Breakfast Club. And, dine on the best food Batavia has to offer!

 

The Rullo Teamwishes everyone in the Fox River Valley a happy and safe Labor Day Weekend!

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