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Factor These Maintenance Costs Into Your Home Buying Budget!

by The Rullo Team


There are some costs that homeowners know the budget for when buying their
Fox River Valley home. These include down payment, closing costs, and moving expenses. But, what about home maintenance? Just because the home inspection came up squeaky clean doesn’t mean that you don’t need to make any repairs or changes to the home.

 

In fact, the first year of ownership tends to be the most expensive, as you fill the home with new furniture and appliances, add personal touches, and complete those repairs that you find are needed. It can be hard to know exactly how much you need for home maintenance as you put together your budget for buying a new home.

 

Here are some immediate home maintenance costs that you should set aside money for:

 

  1. New Locks - You have no way of knowing who has a key to your new home. Be sure to install new locks on every exterior door.

  2. Fire Extinguisher - For the safety of you and your family, your home should have at least one fire extinguisher. If there isn’t one left at the property, purchase one for your kitchen.

  3. Chimney Sweep - It may have been years since the fireplace and chimney in your new home were properly cleaned. Before using it, be sure to hire a professional to come in and clean everything out of it.

  4. HVAC Maintenance - While the HVAC system might seem to be running properly, you can’t be certain when the last time it was maintained professionally. Have someone come inspect it and make any necessary repairs as soon as you move in to avoid pricey repairs in the future.

  5. Trimming Trees - The trees outside were not part of your home inspection and some could cause issues in the future, especially if they are older. Be sure to have the trees trims to avoid any potential damage to your home.

 

While these are the key maintenance areas to focus on upon moving in, you should not stop budgeting for home maintenance. Be sure to always keep some savings aside for issues that may arise with your home. A general rule of thumb is to budget for 1% of your home’s purchase cost every year for emergencies and repairs. Note, if your home is more than 10 years old, you might want to budget for more.


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How To Prep Your Fox River Valley Home For Thanksgiving!

by The Rullo Team

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! If you are hosting the big feast at your Fox River Valley  home, now is the perfect time to prepare so you feel less stress as the day draws nearer. Along with planning out your delicious menu, get your home ready so all your guests will be comfy and happy this holiday!


1. Keep It Bright!

You know your home like the back of your hand but your guests don't. Make sure that everyone can safely navigate throughout your home no matter what time of day it is. Check that all outdoor lights are working. Add nightlights to hallways and in bedrooms and bathrooms that guests will be using.

2. Clear The Space!

Remove all unnecessary clutter to accomodate more people in your house. Store these items out of the way in closests and the basement. Make sure you have ample space on counters and tables for all of your food prep.

3. Say Welcome!

Create an amazing first impression for guests as they enter your home by focusing on the foyer. Add some welcoming touches for a festive, homey feel. At the same time, keep it functional for your guests. With the colder weather, you will need ample space for guests to place their coats, shoes, and gear.

4. Get Your Kitchen Ready!

Your kitchen will be the central hub of your home next week so make sure that it is ready to go before the cooking starts. Have all essential items easily accessible. Make it possible for guests to keep you company as you cook by creating a comfortable hang spot for them in the kitchen.

5. Feels Like Home!

If guests are spending the night, make sure that they will be as comfortable as possible. Stock up on warm bedding for them to use. Even if they aren't sleeping over, have spots throughout your home where they can relax since we all get tired after the big feast!

6. Stock Up!

Make sure that all essential items are available in your home's bathroom to account for your additional guests. Stock up on toilet paper, towels, and toiletries for them to use. Keep these items in spots that are easy for guests to locate when they are needed.



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Keep Your Pets Warm & Cozy This Winter!

by The Rullo Team

Temperatures are starting to plummet throughout the Fox River Valley. You always remember to bundle up yourself and your family to stay warm and healthy throughout the colder months. What about your pets, though? Despite their furry coats, dogs and cats are at just as much risk during the winter as we are. Make sure to keep your pets warm and cozy inside and outside of your home by following these winter pet care tips.



1. Create a special spot indoors for your pets to keep warm. Give them a cozy bed and their own blanket to cuddle up with.

 

2. Do not allow your dogs or cats to roam alone or sleep outside overnight.

 

3. Just as your shouldn't leave your pets alone in a car during the summer months, you should never leave pets in automobiles during the winter.

 

4. Unless your pet has an undercoat, you should put a sweater or coat on them before taking them outdoors.

 

5. Your pets' paws can easily get frostbite or irritated by salt. Protect their paws before heading outside by rubbing paw protectant onto their pads or placing booties on them.

 

6. Always keep your dog on a leash when going on walks during the winter. This season has the highest instance of lost dogs than any other time of year.

 

7. Make sure your cats and dogs are not exposed to antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets but is highly toxic and can be lethal when consumed. Always wipe up any antifreeze in your driveway or garage. Immediately contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has ingested any antifreeze.

 

8. Keep a towel by the door so you can wipe your pets' paws as soon as coming back inside. It is very important to get all salt/de-icing materials, snow, and ice off of their paws as quickly as possible.

 

9. Check your pets for any signs of frostbite on their ears, paws, legs, and tail.

 

10. Just like our skin gets drier during the winter months, the same thing happens to our cats and dogs. Avoid dry, flaky skin by bathing your pets less frequently during the winter and using a moisturizing shampoo when you do bathe them.

 

11. Use a humidier in your home to help with your pets' overall health.

 

12. Make sure that pets cannot get close to any heaters or furnaces that could burn them.

 

13. Keep an emergency supply of pet food and medications in case you are unable to leave the house due to winter weather.

 


 

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Trick or Treating Hours For Your Fox River Valley Town!

by The Rullo Team

Halloween is quickly approaching! Get ready for a night of spooky, frightening fun! With your costume ready and your goody bag emptied, it is time to hit the streets of the Fox River Valley for some trick or treating! The night of Halloween, Thursday October 31st, will be filled with ghosts and goblins, superheroes and princesses! Here is a list of all of the trick or treating hours for the communities in our area!

 

 

Community Trick or Treating Hours

Wayne | 2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Geneva | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

St. Charles | 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Oswego | 3:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Batavia | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elburn | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Maple Park | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

South Elgin | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Aurora | 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

North Aurora | 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

 

Make sure everyone has a safe and happy Halloween by following these simple safety tips!

 

  • Trick or treaters should always walk in groups and never alone.
  • Parents or guardians should always accompany young children.
  • Bring a flashlight or attach reflective gear to costumes to ensure that everyone is visible after dark.
  • Make sure costumes do not restrict vision or have any tripping hazards.
  • Stay on sidewalks and within crosswalks when trick or treating. Only walk and avoid using skateboards, skates, bikes, etc.
  • Always look for traffic when crossing the street. If you will be driving on Halloween, make sure to always check for pedestrians.
  • Check ALL candy before letting your children eat any of it. You should only keep candy that is properly wrapped or packaged.

 

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a frightfully fun and safe Halloween!

Find New Ideas & Inspiration at the Pheasant Run Home & Garden Show!

by The Rullo Team

Have some remodeling and rebuilding ideas for your Fox River Valley home? Do not miss the Pheasant Run Home & Garden Show!! Head over to Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center (4051 East Main Street, St. Charles) this weekend to find thousands of ideas and inspiration for your own home and talk to experts that can help make your plans a reality!

 

 

Whether you are fixing up your kitchen and bath, looking for gardening and landscaping ideas, improving your roofing and gutter systems, or any other home maintenance projects, you will find the best local contractors, repairmen, and tradesmen to work with. Come with your plans! Shop for all the items you could possibly need for your projects and get great deals! You will surely find something perfect for your home within the 40,000 square foot event!

 

 

The show will be held on Saturday, October 5th, and Sunday, October 6th, from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily. Enjoy FREE Admission and FREE parking!


 

Homeowners can find additional information HERE to help you make the most of this spectacular Home & Garden show!

 

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Image Credit:
Pheasant Run Home Show (Omni Media)

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!

 

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5 Terms To Help You Close On Your Dream Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

If you are in the market for a new Fox River Valley home, we know that the buying process can seem a bit complicated. This is especially true when there are words being used that you don't know how to define! Become a home Buying pro by knowing the definition of 5 important closing terms. Use these simple definitions as a starting off point to understanding the home buying process!

 

1) Down Payment – The down payment requires you to put money up front in order to secure a home loan. In general, mortgage lenders require 3% to 20% of the home value.

 

2) Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI) – If you make a down payment that is less than 20% of the price of the home, you will likely have to pay for private mortgage insurance. This insurance protects your lender in case you end up in foreclosure.

 

3) Annual Percentage Rate (APR) – The APR covers all the finances and credit costs you will incur from taking out a loan. These costs include the interest rate, broker fees, points, and other credit charges.

 

4) Closing Costs – Buyers and sellers both pay closing costs based on the agreement reached during price negotiations. These costs includes application fees, property fees, attorney charges, settlement documents, title examination, and title insurance.


5) Loan Estimate (LE) – The LE includes every detail of your loan agreement terms, including the estimated closing costs.



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Get Your Home Ready For Fall With The Perfect Pumpkin!

by The Rullo Team

The first day of Fall is right around the corner on the 23rd! It is one of our favorite times of year! The cool sunny days, the crisp air, stunning colors of leaves, cozy sweaters, and the buzz of energy as we head into the end of the year are all some of the best aspects of the season. One of our other favorite fall things…...PUMPKINS. Here are our area's BEST PUMPKIN PATCHES for you to find the perfect pumpkin to decorate your Fox River Valley home this autumn!

 

Windy Acres

Address: 37W446 Fabyan Parkway

Geneva, IL 60134

Phone: 630-232-6429

Fax: 630-232-6459

Website: Windy Acres

Email: windyacres[email protected]

 


Kuipers Family Farm

Address: 1N318 Watson Road

Maple Park, IL 60151

Phone: 815-827-5200

Fax: 815-827-4100

Website: Kuipers Family Farm

 


Sonny Acres Farm

Address: 29W310 North Avenue

West Chicago, IL 60185

Phone: 630-231-3859

Website: Sonny Acres Farm

 


Abbey Farms

Address: 2855 Hart Road

Aurora IL, 60502

Phone: 630-966-7775

Website: Abbey Farms

 

 

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School Bells Are About To Ring In Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

School buses will once again be filled with students throughout the Fox River Valley! That’s right! It is time to head back to school! Make sure those backpacks are packed before the first bell! Here is a list of the first day of school for all local public school districts in our area.


Batavia Public School District 101 | 335 West Wilson Street, Batavia

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Community Unit School District 308 | 4175 Route 71, Oswego

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


East Aurora School District 131 | 417 Fifth Street, Aurora

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Geneva CUSD 304 | 227 North Fourth Street, Geneva

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Indian Prairie School District 204 | 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora

First Day of School: Monday, August 19th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Kaneland CUSD 302 | 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


School District U-46 | 355 East Chicago Street, Elgin

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


St. Charles CUSD 303 | 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


West Aurora School District 129 | 1877 West Downer Place, Aurora

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 



The school districts in the Fox River Valley are some of the top ranked public school districts in the state. Set your child up for academic and personal success! Search Current Fox River Valley Homes For Sale to find your next dream home in a top rated district today! The Rullo Team hopes all Fox River Valley students have a successful and fun 2019-2020 school year!!!

Come One, Come All to the Kane County Fair!

by The Rullo Team

It’s time for the biggest summertime celebration in all of the Fox River Valley….. the 2019 Kane County Fair & Festival!!! For 151 years, our county has come together every summer to showcase what makes living in this area so great! Come join in on all the fun this Wednesday, July 17th, through Sunday, July 23rd, for 5 days of family fun and amusement!

 

The festivities are taking place at the Kane County Fairgrounds located at 525 South Randall Road in St. Charles. Join your friends, family, and neighbors for the endless activities and entertainment going on during the fair! Dine on classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win carnival prizes on the Midway. Dance away to fun live entertainment at the Miller Lite Sound Stage. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Entertain the kiddos at the petting zoo and obstacle course. Swing by the Grandstand to watch several special events such as the demolition derby and bull riding!

 

Miller Lite Sound Stage Schedule

Thursday, July 18th
7:00 pm | Libido Funk Circus 

Friday, July 19th
8:00 pm | Hillbilly Rockstarz

Saturday, July 20th
8:00 pm | Hi Infidelity

Sunday, July 21st
7:00 pm | 7th Heaven

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

 

Grandstand Schedule   

Thursday, July 18th
7:00 pm | Monster Truck Show

Friday, July 19th
7:00 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Cowgirls

Saturday, July 20th
1:00 pm | Championship Cowgirl & Barrel Racing

7:00 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Cowgirls

Sunday, July 21st
4:00 pm | Ramer Race Promotions Demolition Derby

**Tickets for shows sold at Grandstand each night starting at 6:00 pm. Discounted tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows available through 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 11:00 pm

Saturday | 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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!**



Join The Rullo Team at the 151st Annual Kane County Fair! This amazing event brings the community together and makes the Fox River Valley an incredible place to live! Search Fox River Valley Homes for Sale to join in all the fun year round! Follow us on Facebook and check out our Website to find more reasons why you should call the Fox River Valley home sweet home!




Image Credit: Kane County Fair

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