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Best Home Maintenance Tasks To Tackle This Spring!

by The Rullo Team

Give your Fox River Valley home some TLC this spring to have it in tip top shape for the summer. These projects for inside and outside of your home will help spruce it up for you and your family and keep you comfortable and happy throughout the year. Here are our top home maintenance tasks to tackle this spring!

1. Touch Up Exterior Paint - Boost your home's exterior appearance by touching up the paint. If you do not have any exterior paint on hand and need help matching the color, ask a professional to come out to help you find the perfect match.

 

2. Wash Windows - Be able to see the beautiful scenery of your landscaping by washing the outside of your windows. You will get best results by scrubbing with a bucked of hot soapy water.

3. Clean Window Screens - Window screens also need to be washed at this time. Gently scrub them with the same mixture. If they are too covered in dirt and grime, it is a great time to replace them.

4. Clean Exterior of House - This might be the most difficult maintenance task on our list but it is also vitally important. The warmer weather gives you the opportunity to wash the outside of your home and, after our winter, it is a good idea. Do a soft washing to update your curb appeal and extend your home's lifespan.

 

5. Reverse Ceiling Fans - Change your ceiling fans to spin counter-clockwise so that a breeze is created throughout the home.

6. Clean A/C Filter - Keep your family cool all summer long by cleaning the air conditioner filter. Wash with warm water or vacuum cleaner if your system does not have a self-cleaning function. Remember that this task should be done frequently while your air conditioner is in continual use.

7. Remove A/C Fan - After dealing with the A/C filter, now is a good time to dust off the fan. Remove it, clean it, and return it to its rightful place when done.

8. Check Furnace Filter - Your furnace has also been accumulating dust. Remove the filter and give it a thorough washing if the filter is a reusable one. If it is not, be sure to replace it with a new filter.

9. Maintain Washing Machine - Give your washing maching some care so your clothes continue to come out clean. Remove soil buildup from the seal around the door.

10. Inspect Driveway and Walkways - Driveways and walkways take a beating throughout the winter. Check for cracks and weeds and handle those issues as they are found. Afterward, it is a good idea to pressure wash these areas.

11. Clean Baseboards - It's a great time to work on those areas of the house that often get overlooked and that includes the baseboards. Give them a cleaning with a damp cloth to remove built up dust and dirt.

12. Clean Garbage Disposal and Dishwasher - Just like the laundry machine, now is a good time to clean the garbage disposal and diswasher. Refresh both by using vinegar. This will help remove food odors that have been building up.

13. Inspect Hoses - Look for cracks, wear and tear, or any signs of leaks in the hoses located around your house (i.e. dishwasher, refrigerator, washing machine, toilets, etc.). Replace as necessary.

14. Inspect Attic and Basement - Check both of these spaces for water leakage, mold and mildew, and pests. Handle any issues that you might discover right away.

15. Declutter - Get rid of those items that you really do not need around the house by hosting a rummage sale or donating them. If you discover that you have a lot of items to simply toss, consider renting a dumpster so you can do a giant purge at once and be done with it.

 

 

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Update Your Front Porch For Spring Selling Success!

by The Rullo Team

Are you ready to "Spring" into the Fox River Valley housing market? With the temperatures rising and the snow melting, now is the perfect time to start enhancing your home's curb appeal so it is ready to sell. A great area to focus on is your front porch. It will help create an inviting first impression for buyers and, as an added bonus, can be utilized by you and your family as additional outdoor living space! Follow these design tips to have your front porch looking it's absolute best this spring!

1. Draw the eye from the street towards the front porch with the placement of colorful plants throughout your landscaping.

2. Ensure that your front porch is always well lit. Add 3 to 4 different sources of light. Make sure your house numbers are illuminated so buyers and guests can always easily locate your home.

3. Add potted greenery that will last throughout the growing season as well as window boxes and/or vases of seasonal flowers to your front porch for a bright, lush atmosphere.

4. Create a cozy spot to gather with seating for two and a small table. For a cozy, old-fashioned touch, hang a swinging bench.

5. Place a functional and fashionable doormat at the entrance to tie the space together and welcome guests inside.

6. Coordinate color throughout the space with your accents. Make sure that they share all the same hues and complement your home's exterior. A good way to ensure color coordination is to use your home's trim or front door color as a starting point.

7. Keep pests away and beat the summer heat and humidity with a cool breeze from an outdoor ceiling fan or well-placed upright fan.

8. Add some privacy and block the sun with outdoor curtains. Make them easy to open and close as needed and use fade-resistant fabric for longevity.

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Get Your Fox River Valley Lawn Ready For Spring!

by The Rullo Team

Get your green thumb ready! Spring is right around the corner! While it might still be a little bit before the warmer weather fully reaches us, now is actually the perfect time to start prepping your Fox River Valley lawn! Complete these lawn care tasks today and enjoy the most stunning yard this spring!


1. Wash Salt Away

All the salt used on the winter roads can do a number on your grass and plants. Give your landscaping a good watering to get rid of this winter remnant.


2. Patch It Up

Now is the perfect time to patch up those thin and barren spots around your lawn. Add grass seed or sod to these areas before the ground temperature rises above 65 degrees. This will help keep weeds at bay.


3. Remove Debris

After the fall and winter, your yard is likely filled with some leftover leaves, branches, and yard debris. Although this stuff protects your lawn in the colder months, it hinders growth in the spring. Do a good cleaning by removing all these items from your grass and garden.


4. Prune & Fertilize

Check the soil for dryness. If it is crumbling instead of clumping, you can begin pruning and fertilizing. Remove old growth from perennials and prune your trees and shrubs. Add a slow release fertilizer to your plants, trees, and grass. Use one that also contains a pre-emergent herbicide to help fight off weeds.


5. Plant Cool Season Plants

Once your soil is dry enough, you can start to add some fresh greenery to your garden. Although temperatures might not seem warm enough, there are some resilient growers (such as bare-root plants, snapdragons, and pansies) that love the conditions of this time of year.


6. Pick Out Your Perennials

Although you cannot plant them yet, now is the time to pick out and preorder the perennials you want to plant this spring. Most nurseries offer deals on these plants at this time of year. Not only will you get a great price but you will also enjoy the best selection!


7. Service Your Mower

Have your lawn mower serviced and ready to go for the first cut of spring. Keep it running in tip top shape all spring and summer by sharpening the blades, changing the oil, and replacing the spark plugs.



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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.

 


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Amp Up The Elegance In Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

Selling your Fox River Valley home? Help drive your offer prices up and make your home stand apart from the competition by making your listing look more expensive! Add some elegant touches to help increase the apparent value of your home! Follow these simple tips and your home will be sold in no time!

1. Paint Color. Clean up the appearance of your home by applying a fresh coat of paint throughout. Choose a neutral color that will appeal to all buyers. Add elegance by selecting one with a slight sheen.


2. Declutter. Eccentuate the space within your home and highlight your home's best architectural features by removing all clutter and unnecessary items that could be distracting for buyers.


3. Kitchen Appliances. Higher end homes have kitchens with brightly colored or stainless steel appliance. Upgrade yours before selling.


4. Fixtures. Help bring your home into the modern era by replacing all outdated lighting and plumbing fixtures, as well as hardware.


5. Crown Molding. Add crown molding to the living and dining rooms for instant elegance.


6. Window Treatments. Let ample light in to make your home look big and bright. Update window treatments to solid colored blinds, drapes, or shades.


7. Garage Door. Your garage door takes up a lot of real estate on the outside of your home. Get a great return on investment by updating the door to own that looks more expensive. We recommend a wood door with carriage home details.

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Be Safe! Test For Radon This January!

by The Rullo Team

 

Protect your family from the hazards of radon by testing your Fox River Valley home during National Radon Action Month!

 

Click HERE to find great resources, such as testing kits and lists of certified radon mitigation professionals, from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.

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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!

 

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New Year's Resolutions For Your Fox River Valley Home

by The Rullo Team

The New Year is here! That means it is time to set your New years resolutions. When thinking about all that you want to achieve in the New Year, do not forget about improvements that you can make to your home. 2019 is the perfect time to make sure that your home is in tip top shape. Here are our top New Year's Resolutions for your Fox River Valley home.


1. Set a Budget.

Before determining any of your other home improvement goals, you should create a budget for yourself. This will ensure that you do not overspend when making improvements and will help you when unexpected maintenance costs pop up! If you are able to make it throughout the year without spending all the money you set aside (Lucky you!), continue to save the money into the following year when you might need it.

 

2. Focus on Decluttering.

We all accumulate a lot of stuff over the years. Start of the New Year right by getting rid of items that you truly do not need. Donate anything that is still in good condition. If there are items that you do not regularly use but have sentimental value, put them away in storage for the future. You will feel less stress throughout the year by only having the things in your home that are necessary. It will save you time on cleaning and tidying up.

 

3. Reduce Water and Energy Usage.

Help conserve our planet's natural resources while saving money yourself by making improvements to your home that cut excess water and energy usage. You can reduce the amount of water your home uses by installing low flow showerheads and high efficiency toilets. To improve the efficiency of your heating and cooling systems, seal and insulate your ductwork.

 

4. Improve Indoor Air Quality.

Keep your family healthy by improving the air quality in your home. Reduce harmful pollutants by using high quality furnace filters and changing them regularly. Invest in air cleaners that can be utilized in individual rooms to remove specific irritants. Make sure that smoke and kitchen fumes are properly ventilated outside of your home from the kitchen. The same goes for the excess humidity in your bathrooms.

 

5. Install Maintenance Free Materials.

Spend the time in 2019 installing maintenance free materials throughout your home. This will reduce recurring stress throughout the year by eliminating upkeep and will make the need for continual improvements a thing of the past. Within your home, use ceramic tiles that are extremely tough and stain and moisture resistant. They will make your floors look fantastic for years without any need for repair. On the outside of your home, use fiber cement siding, which is weather proof and resists insects, fire, dent, and rot. This siding will last you for over 50 years without need for replacement!

 

6. Achieve Other Resolutions While Improving Your Home!

You will have more personal resolutions that you make this New Year. Work to achieve those resolutions while making improvements to your home. It's incredibly easy to do. If focusing on exercising more is one of your goals for 2019, focus on do it yourself projects around the home. You can burn calories by taking on simple tasks, such as caulking, cleaning, painting, and yard work. If your resolution is to spend more time with family, focus on projects around the home that you all can work on together and find fun ways to complete the task as a team.


 

Let Others Know Of Your Change In Address!

by The Rullo Team

Santa might always be able to magically find your home even after you move, but others cannot! If you recently moved to a new home in the Fox River Valley, it is important that you inform others of your change in address! Individuals, organizations, and agencies need to have the correct address on file in order to keep sending you the information and items you need. Here is a handy list of everyone you should inform of your new address when you move.


Family & Friends: Make sure your loved ones show up to the right holiday party by providing them with your new address.

Post Office: Almost all homeowners remember to inform the post office so they can begin forwarding your mail. But, just in case you forgot, click HERE to submit your official change of address with the USPS.

Utilities: Don't pay for utilities in your old home and have services start right when you move in by letting all utilities, including gas, electric, cable, and internet, know about your change of address.

Cell Phone Provider: The tax on your cell phone bill is determined based on your primary residence so you are required to keep your billing address up to date with your carrier.

Employer: The most important people at your place of work that should know about your move are located in your HR department. Give them the new address so they can update the information for payroll and benefits.

Financial Institutions: Mail from financial institutions often contains sensitive, personal information so you don't want it getting into the wrong hands. Update your address with your bank and credit card institutions.

Insurance Providers: Be able to file claims with your auto, dental, health, homeowners, and life insurance providers by keeping your policy up to date with your new address.

Health Providers: Inform your doctor, dentist, and other health care providers on your change in address so you never fall behind on medical bills.

DMV: The state of Illinois requires all residents to inform the IL SOS Driver Services Department of your address change within 10 days. Click HERE  for more information.

IRS: Don't let your tax refund be delayed in the spring. Update your change of address with the IRS now by clicking HERE.

Social Security Administration: If you receive Social Security benefits, you need to let the SSA know of your address change. Click HERE to update it online. If you receive aid from Medicare, Medicaid or other government benefit programs, be sure to inform them as well.

Voter Registration: Be able to vote in all upcoming elections by updating your voter registration information. This will also let you know where your new polling place is.

Newspapers & Magazine Subscriptions: Never miss out on the latest news or current editions of your favorite magazines by updating your address for all subscriptions.

Shopping Websites: Keep those holiday presents coming to the right home by updating your delivery address on all your online shopping accounts.


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Pet Safety Tips For A Happy Holiday Season!

by The Rullo Team

Ensure a happy holiday season for the furriest member of your family......your pet! During this time of year, our homes are filled with many new things that peak their curiosity. Their curiosity can cause damage to holiday decor or, and more importantly, be hazardous for our beloved pets! Keep your furry friend happy and healthy during the holidays by following these easy tips for pet safety!


 

  • Although we want to treat our pets during the holidays, avoid sharing table scrapes with them. There are many foods on our holiday plates that are toxic for them, such as chocolate, raisins, garlic, and onions. Keep them away from tables and garbage that might contain bones or plastic utensils. These items can be hazardous if swallowed. 
  • Alcohol can have incredibly serious effects on the the health of your pet. Keep all adult beverages far away from your furry friend. 
  • Candles are a beautiful part of the holiday season but they can very easily be knocked over by your pet. Opt for flameless candles so you can still keep the ambiance you desire. 
  • Cables seem like a delicious new chew toy to some pets but this can lead to electric shock to your animal. Hide any cables and/or use citronella infused covers to deter chewing. 
  • Poinsettas are a beautiful holiday plant but their leaves are incredibly toxic to animals. Avoid any health disasters by opting for silk plants or sprinkle pepper on the leaves to deter your pets from eating them.
  • Cats and dogs are invariably intrigued by the new tree in the house. Keep them away by using household ground white pepper or another natural deterrent around the lower branches and tree skirt. Avoid using ornaments made out of edible materials as they become far to inticing for your curious pet. 
  • Always have a responsible family member keep an eye on your pet during gatherings. This will ensure that your pet isn't stealing food from the table, getting into mischeif, or accidently getting outside. 
  • During large gatherings, find a quiet room that you can keep your pet in. Just make sure to provide them with lots of toys and treats to distract them. This gives you a break from having to watch them while you entertain and more importantly gives them a peaceful spot away from the hustle and bustle (which causes anxiety in some animals).

 


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