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TRICK-OR-TREAT TIMES - Fox Valley Area

by The Rullo Team

Aurora - official trick-or-treat hours are 4 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Batavia - suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. 
Elburn - suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. 
Elgin - Recommended Halloween trick-or-treating hours are from 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014
Geneva - recommends children and their parents trick-or-treat in their neighborhoods between 3 and 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31.
­­­­­­­­St. Charles - suggested hours for trick-or-treating are from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. 
For information on other towns in the area and throughout Illinois, visit the Haunted Illinois website. 

HAVE FUN AND BE SAFE!

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LOOKING FOR COSTUME IDEAS??

by The Rullo Team

             

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Getting Your Fox Valley Home Energy Efficient for Winter

by The Rullo Team

 

For many of us in the Fox Valley the winter season brings visions of the holidays, winter sports and nights sitting around the fireplace wrapped up in a comforter sipping on our favorite hot drinks. For others it causes headaches and sleepless nights of cold or worries over a soaring energy bills.

Instead of worrying, there are things that can be done to limit the damage to our wallet, and still keep you and your family safe and comfortable during the winter months. Here are some “easy to do” energy saving tips to try

  

  • GET A HOME ENERGY AUDIT- most companies will do this for free.
  • CLEAN & MAINTAIN YOUR HEATING SYSTEM
  • REPLACE BROKEN WINDOWS & DOORS
  • INSULATE YOUR WINDOWS
  • SEAL ALL LEAKS IN YOUR HOME- including where cables & pipes come into the home and around the sump pump.
  • WEATHERSTRIP WINDOWS AND DOORS
  • REPAIR ROOF DAMAGE- REPLACE IF NECESSARY
  • MAINTAIN, REPAIR OR REPLACE WATER HEATER
  • WRAP (INSULATE) WATER HEATER
  • CLEAN FIREPLACE/CHIMNEY BEFORE SEASONAL USE- This includes wood burning stoves
  • ADD ADDITIONAL INSULATION -to attic, basement and exterior walls if needed.

A few other things to consider:

  • Unplug all unused appliances, and electrical components when not in use.
  • Use or purchase Energy Star Products.
  • Install Programmable Thermostats
  • Always turn off lights in rooms not being used
  • Turn down your thermostat at night time
  • Make sure your curtains are open during the daytime (Sunshine) hours
  • Clear Heating Vents of furniture, debris or blocks of any kind

Keep in mind that if you are planning on selling your home, that buyers are very conscience of energy costs associated with a home and will consistently ask for heating and cooling records. Anything you can do to make your home more energy efficient will not only help you, but will help sell your home at a later time. Now a days, Buyers aren't just looking for the home that's beautiful on the outside….they need it to be energy efficient on the inside for them to scoop it up quickly when it hits the market.

 

If you're interested in more tips or information on becoming a homeowner in the Fox Valley area, give us a call, stop in our office, or check out our website at www.therulloteam.com.

 

If you are a homeowner in the Fox Valley and are in need of assistance this home heating season, following this link for more information......ILLINOIS ASSIST

5 Tips for Selling Your Fox Valley Home in the Fall!

by The Rullo Team

 

Did you know that fall is the second busiest time for home sales? Fall is a popular time of year for many types of home buyers including first time home buyers, retirees, and those who are relocating because of a new job or transfer. These home buyers also want to take advantage of the low mortgage rates and they want to be moved in before the holidays. With fewer houses on the market, your house may even get more attention in the fall than other times of the year.

Set your home apart from the competition. Follow these 5 tips that work when selling a home in the fall:

1. Add Curb Appeal

A home sale begins with the buyer’s first view of the house from the outside, whether they are driving past the home or viewing it online. So it’s important to get the exterior of the home looking its best. You’re in your home every day so you may not see it objectively anymore. Ask a friend or neighbor to give you an honest opinion of the exterior of the home. Is the yard well maintained? Are the leaves picked up? Are there children’s toys or bicycles blocking the driveway? Make sure to clean gutters and downspouts. Pressure wash areas exposed to dust or mildew such as the siding, deck, patios, or driveway to really make them sparkle. Spruce up the lawn and plant seasonal flowers such as mums to add rich autumn hues that will make the home more inviting to buyers.

2. Set The Right Price

Home buyers comparison shop so they know when a home is priced correctly. What price you want for the house has nothing to do with what you’ll get for the house. As we’ve said in our blog about pricing a home to sell, the market determines the price. If your home is priced too high, buyers won’t even look at the property let alone make an offer. This time of year buyers are ready to make an offer quickly, all the more reason to price the home correctly the first time. Remember if you don’t price it correctly you could be holding on to the house through the winter.

3. Increase the Web Appeal

They say web appeal is the new curb appeal, so present your home in the best possible light to get the attention of serious buyers. Home buyers start their home search online, so their first impression of your home will come from viewing the pictures in the listing. Make sure you have plenty of photos of the home. Not just the exterior and rooms, but include any unique features your home may have such as walk-in closets, built-in bookcases, or unique landscaping—anything that will make your home stand out from other homes. When a home buyer looks at pictures of your home, their first impression is made from the pictures in the listing, which is why it’s so important to clear clutter, de-personalize, add ambient lighting, and make the rooms appear larger so buyers will want to see it in person. Don’t forget to update your listing photos now to showcase how the home looks in the fall when foliage in the background will make the home look warm and welcoming.

4. Make The Home Move-In Ready

Buyers want homes to be move-in ready, so take care of small improvements and repairs now. Buyers are a bit less interested in doing work in the fall than the spring. If the home needs new carpet, put it in. If rooms need a fresh paint job, get them painted. When buyers view your home they are already trying to imagine living there, they don’t want to think about the costs and time involved in replacing the carpets. The same goes for repairs. Replace damaged screens or dripping faucets, repair scratches on floors or cabinets, and replace broken tiles. Fixing problems now gives you a competitive advantage over other sellers not willing to take the time. Staging has become an important aspect of selling a home, so make it part of your selling strategy. Staging presents the best features of the home as well as the home’s potential. If you can’t afford to hire a professional, read our blog on 5 Staging Secrets Professionals Use to Sell Homes Fast, or consult the web or books on staging that offer simple inexpensive ways to stage your home to sell.

5. Keep it Cozy

With cooler weather in the late fall, home buyers naturally want to get cozy. You want home buyers to feel right at home when they view the house. Before showing your home, fill the home with pleasing aromas of the season by burning a cinnamon-scented candle or baking pumpkin cupcakes. And make sure it’s warm in your house, some sellers turn down the heat to save costs, but you don’t want buyers leaving early because they’re too cold. Remember that in the fall the days get shorter so when you have viewings in the afternoon make sure you have adequate lighting so the home looks bright and comfortable. Open all the blinds to let in as much natural light as possible. Emphasize comfort in your home with decorative fabrics, a satin table cloth, and plush towels.Accentuate your fireplace (if you have one) by arranging furniture to make it the focal point of the room.

WHY DO LEAVES TURN COLORS? (and visit our bike trails!)

by The Rullo Team

 

The leaves don't really "turn" a certain color -- they just lose their GREEN.  As the days get shorter, there is not enough light to produce green chlorophyll so it disappears from the leaves.  As the green fades away, we begin to see YELLOWS and ORANGES; these colors have been there all along, covered up by the green.  We see bright REDS and PURPLES appear in some leaves in the fall, this is caused by trapped sugars in the leaves exposed to sunlight and cool autumn nights. A succession of warm, sunny days and cool, crisp but not freezing nights seems to bring about the most spectacular color displays.  What better way to enjoy all the colors of the season than riding the bike trails along the Fox River!
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FREE! ANNUAL HOWL’O WEEN DOG PARADE

by The Rullo Team

image via: Patrick Kunzer,Daily Herald Staff Photographer

Peck Farm Park, 4038 Kaneville Road, Geneva, Il 60134 –Saturday, October 25. The family-friendly parade begins promptly at 1:30 pm. with line-up beginning at 1:15 pm. Prizes will be awarded, so be sure to dress both your dog and family to impress! For more information, call (630)-232-4542 or visit www.genevaparks.org.

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

IF YOU DARE!!

by The Rullo Team

  

KANE COUNTY SCAREGROUNDS
Fridays & Saturdays, October 17-25
Sundays, 19 & 26, Scare-Free
Steel Beam Theatre’s haunted house, the Kane County Scaregrounds returns for a fourth scary year.  Visit the Kane County Scaregrounds website for ticket information, hours of operation and for special times when the haunted house is “scare-free” for the little zombies.
THE HAUNTED QUARRY
Fridays & Saturdays, October 17-25
Visit the
Haunted Quarry at the Hall Quarry Beach…the water has been drained, the guards have gone away… Visit the Batavia Park District website for ticket information, hours of operation and age restrictions.
ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE AT WHEELER PARK
October 25, 2014, 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
Wheeler Park has been transformed into the ultimate obstacle course, every 5 minutes a new group will begin their journey through the land of the undead… Visit the Geneva Chamber website for ticket information, and hours of operations, including special times for the less intense family-friendly course.
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TIME TO VISIT THE AREA PUMPKIN FARMS!

by The Rullo Team

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
 

Norton's Produce
Address: 39 W 369 Illinois Highway 64
Saint Charles, IL 60175
Phone: 630-377-8118
Website: Norton's Produce

Email:
[email protected] 

Sonny Acres Farm
Address: 29W310 North Avenue
West Chicago, IL 60185
Phone: 630-231-3859
Website: Sonny Acres Farm
If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

St Charles SCARECROW FESTIVAL is only a week away!

by The Rullo Team

It's FALL!  The trees are changing, the leaves are falling, and St. Charles is getting ready for a weekend full of festivities. Come on out next weekend, October 10-12, for the annual St. Charles Scarecrow Festival! Families across the Midwest have filled the streets of St. Charles for over 25 years to experience this award-winning festival. That's right it's the 25th Anniversary!

 You can be a part of a main event this weekend and vote for your favorite scarecrow in the Annual Scarecrow Contest. There will be over 150 handcrafted scarecrows ready to scare you right out of your shoes!

 

The festival is filled with events and entertainment for all types of ghouls and goblins. Get the family together and experience the St. Charles community at it’s finest. Enjoy live music, create your own scarecrow, hitch a ride at the carnival, or take your kids to the petting zoo. There are all sorts of activities planned to fill your weekend with fun.

 Don’t worry about parking or dreaded parking tickets because admission, parking, trolleys and shuttles are completely FREE! Be sure to plan your weekend in St. Charles and see for yourself why Scarecrow Fest is one of the Top 100 events in America.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Festival Information can be found at the links below:

FESTIVAL MAPS & EVENTS  PARKING & TRANSPORTATION  ENTERTAINMENT LINE-UP  CARNIVAL TIMES & SPECIALS FUN CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL TIME AT THE SCARECROW FESTIVAL!



For information about homes or becoming a home owner in the Fox Valley, check out our website, give us a call or stop by our office.  We would love to talk to you and answer all your questions about this fantastic area!  Have a wonderful time at the Festival!

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