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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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What To Do With Your Extra Hour This Weekend!

by The Rullo Team

Daylight Saving Time is coming to an end this Sunday, November 3rd, at 2:00 am. While that means the sun will set earlier over the next several months, it also means that we get an extra hour this weekend! An extra hour! This is a good opportunity to catch up on some sleep, spend quality time with family, and do some personal care. But, it also gives us the opportunity to tackle some tasks that we feel like we never have time for! Be extra productive as we "fall back" this weekend by tackling some of the real estate tasks that you keep putting aside! Here's where to start!

 

Learn Your Home's Value.

Before putting your current home on the market, you need to make sure that you price it correctly. Use the extra time to Find Your Home's Value. The information from this free tool will help you in a variety of ways. If you were hoping for a higher price point, you can do some research on improvement projects with high returns on investment that you could do to your home before selling. It will also aid you in creating a budget for your new home that is realistic.

 

Search For Your New Home.

 The extra hour is a great opportunity to start looking online for a new home. However, you want to use that time wisely. In order to do so, you should first set a realistic budget that you will stick to during your online search. Also, create your list of must haves and needs. This will allow you to set better perimeters as you Search Fox River Valley Homes for Sale. Keep track of listings in a spreadsheet so you can discuss with your realtor and mark your calendar with any upcoming open houses that you do not want to miss.

 

Get Ready for Pre-Approval.

Pre-approval for a mortgage is one of the first steps you should take. It allows you to know what you can actually afford and helps you become a more attractive buyer to sellers. The extra time you have this weekend is the perfect opportunity to start during some Loan Analysis. You should also begin to create lists of your employment, monthly income, and expenses. Start to gather the documents you will need to present to the lender, including proof of income, tax forms, and bank and credit card statements.

 

Complete Tasks Around The House.

There are some smaller, but important, tasks that often get overlooked as time passes us by. With the extra hour, you can get some of these simple home chores crossed off your list. Go through your kitchen to dispose of expired food and to organize your fridge. Replace air filters on your AC unit and furnance. Flip the mattress throughout your house. Change smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.

 

 

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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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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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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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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: [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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Get Jazzy This Week In St. Charles IL!

by The Rullo Team

Image Credit: St. Charles Business Alliance

 

Get jazzy this week in beautiful St. Charles! It's time for the 2019 St. Charles Jazz Weekend!! Explore 16 of your favorite venues throughout the downtown area as you listen to this country's best jazz musicians, including Grammy Award winning saxophonist Frank Catalano! Do not miss out on the musical fun!


Thursday, September 6th

6:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:30 pm | Tom Edgar Band | The Wine Exchange

7:00 pm | Jack Macklin Quartet | McNally’s Pub

7:00 pm | Juan Pastor Chinchano Latin Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

8:30 pm | Tom Linsk | ROX City Grill


Friday, September 13th

5:45 pm | Michael Bazan Trio | Baltria Vintage Gallery

6:00 pm | Henry Altenberg Jazz | Harvest Lounge at Pheasant Run

6:30 pm | Jack Macklin Trio | The Wine Exchange

7:00 pm | Boldacious Brass | The Filling Station

8:00 pm | Riley Elmore | Vintage 53

8:00 pm | Bill Boris Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

8:30 pm | Tom Linsk & Trio | ROX City Grill

9:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The House Pub


Saturday, September 14th

11:30 am | St. Charles East Jazz Ensemble | 1st Street Plaza

12:30 pm | St. Charles North Jazz Ensemble w/ Victor Garcia | 1st Street Plaza

1:30 pm | DePaul University Jazz Ensemble | 1st Street Plaza

3:00 pm | John Wojciechowski & Band | 1st Street Plaza

4:30 pm | Frank Catalano | 1st Street Plaza

6:00 pm | GARY Jazz Group | The Filling Station Pub & Grill

6:30 pm | Fantasy Masters Smooth Jazz | The Wine Exchange

8:00 pm | Ruben Alvarez Latin Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

8:00 pm | Henry JBC does Jazz | Vintage 53

8:30 pm | Johnny Burnett | ROX City Grill

9:00 pm | Frank Catalano | The House Pub


Sunday, September 15th

10:00 am | Alex Murphy Jazz Brunch | La Mesa Modern Mexican

10:30 am | Kingdom of Groove | Baker Memorial Church

11:30 am | Rodrigo Villanueva Trio | 1st Street Plaza

2:00 pm | Vern Spevak Big Band | 1st Street Plaza

3:00 pm | Sinatra Sunday with Jeff Rachman | Club Arcada

4:00 pm | Shout Section Big Band | 1st Street Plaza

4:00 pm | Andy Schlinder | The Office Dining & Spirits

4:00 pm | Juan Pastor Chinchano Latin Jazz Trio | Eden on the River

4:10 pm | Maureen Christine | Mt. St. Mary Park

5:00 pm | Alex Stombres | Mt. St. Mary Park

6:00 pm | Jack Macklin | Francesca’s by the River


 

Download the Full Schedule and Location Map by clicking HERE



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As summer winds down, you want to make sure that your Fox River Valley home is in tip-top shape. Now is the perfect time to complete some easy but important home maintenance projects before the seasons start to change. Here are the top maintenance tasks that you should do around your home this month.

 

Complete Important Yearly Checks!

Now is a great time to complete those yearly maintenance tasks. Service and clean your HVAC system to keep it running properly throughout the rest of the year. Check all your fire/smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Clean out your chimney so you can safely keep your family warm during the colder months ahead.

 

Keep Pests Away!

Just as you will be start spending more time indoors, pests will try to as well. Avoid unwelcome house guests by checking for small and large holes around your house. Use caulking or netting to cover up. Do an inspection of your attic's insulation to make sure that there are no holes created by pests. Cover up those holes to avoid potential ice damage from occurring to your roof this upcoming winter.

 

Check The Exterior!

End of summer is the perfect time to do a thourough check of the outside of your home. Finding necessary repairs now will help save you stress and money as we head closer to winter. Clear gutters of fallen leaves and debris so water can properly move away from your home. Look for loose or missing shingles that need to be replaced. Make sure that all the caulking around doors and windows is adequate and repair as necessary. Remove debris and trim your vegetation so it can grow properly come the next year.

 

Winterize Your Irrigation System!

Check the manufacturer's instructions to winterize your irrigation/sprinkler season so that it remains protected during the colder months. You can continue to use your sprinklers during the final days of summer but consider putting them on a timer since we tend to experience more rainfall that can naturally hydrate your lawn and garden.

 

Safety First!

With increased precipitation and colder temperatures, icy weather will be here before we now it! Inspect the handrails and supports on your patios and decks to ensure that you and others have something to safely grab onto should you fall. Keep walkways clear of debris.



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