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Top Photography Tips For Listing Your Home!

by The Rullo Team

The first impression buyers get of your home is not at your front door.....it is online! Almost all buyers begin their home search online. That means that it is more important than ever to make sure that your home pops out from the screen. Hiring a professional photographer is always a surefire way to ensure that your home looks its very best in your online photos. However, if you are looking to save money, there are several ways that you can make the photos look like they were done by a pro. Help attract buyers to your Fox Valley listing online by following these great photography tips!

Keep Your Photos Steady.

Nothing is more distracting than a crooked, blurry photo. Hands invariably shake so use a tripod to eliminate camera shake and keep the photo perfectly straight.


Avoid Using Your Smartphone.

Smartphones do have great cameras built into them, but they still do not compare to an actual camera. Use a DSLR camera for your home photography. DSLR camera's capture light better.

 

Let There Be Light.

Light is the most important element to make your photographs look their best. Use an external flash when shooting indoors. At the same time, make sure that all interior lights are turned on and keep the curtains open to let in natural light. When shooting exterior shoots, pay attention to the sun. Always shoot when the sun is facing directly onto your home to keep it bright and eliminate shadows.

 

Use a Deep Depth of Field.

A deep depth of field keeps everything in the fore-, middle, and background in focus and gives a better impression of your home. When indoors, this allows you to capture not only what is within the room but also the view of the outdoors from that room's windows. When outside, you want to have part of the yard included with the images of your home. (Extra tip: shoot the front exterior of your home from an elevated position in order to capture the landscaping within the image.) Do as the professionals do and utilize HDR imaging which allows you to layer multiple exposures.


Shoot Wide.

In order to convey the maximum amount of space within your home, shoot your images with a wide-angle lens.


Find the Best Angle.

Position yourself in a way to that allows you to capture the best image. You want spaces to appear large. Never shoot from behind furniture which will cause the room to appear cramped. Frame your photos so that three walls are captured within it. This creates space and adds balance to your photo.


Putting your best foot forward is key in listing your home for sale. At The Rullo Team, we utilize the services of a professional real estate photographer to capture your home at it's best!


For more great Home Selling Tips, turn to the Rullo Team. If you are ready to list and sell your Fox Valley home, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Enjoy Delicious Eats During St. Charles Restaurant Week!

by The Rullo Team

"The Table Is Set" for St. Charles Restaurant Week!!! From Monday, February 25th, through Friday, March 1st, fill your bellies with the most delicious food St. Charles has to offer. And, the best part? You will save 20% off your total bill (not including alcohol)! To receive the discount, simply present your discount card at the participating restaurant. Download card HERE!!! Whether you love ethnic cuisine, fine dining, or contemporary American, you will find the perfect restaurant(s) to satisfy your cravings during the 2019 St. Charles Restaurant Week!

 

Participating Restaurants

Alexander's Cafe 64 | 1650 West Main Street

Alley 64 Bar & Grill | 212 West Main Street

Brown's Chicken & Pasta | 1910 West Lincoln Highway

Brunch Cafe | 172 South 1st Street

Charlie Fox's Pizzeria & Eatery | 3341 West Main Street

Chili's | 3795 East Main Street

Club Arcada | 105 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 1625 East Main Street

Colonial Cafe | 552 South Randall Road

Crazy Fox Bar & Grille | 104 East Main Street

DRM European Cafe & Deli | 610 East Main Street

E&S Fish Company | 311 North 2nd Street

Eden on the River | 1 Illinois Street, Suite 160

El Puente Restaurant | 108 East Main Street

The Evergreen Pub & Grill | 1400 West Main Street

The Filling Station Pub & Grill | 300 West Main Street

The Finery and Blacksmith Bar | 305 West Main Street

Francesca's by the River | 200 South 2nd Street

The Game On 3rd | 11 North 3rd Street

Harvest Restaurant at Pheasant Run | 4051 East Main Street

Isacco Kitchen | 131 South 1st Street

Jambalaya Restaurant at Pheasant Run | 4051 East Main Street

La ZaZa Trattoria | 5 South 1st Street

Main Street Pub | 204 West Main Street

McNally's Traditional Irish Pub | 109 West Main Street

Nuova Italia Ristorante | 18 North 4th Street

The Office Dining & Spirits | 201 East Main Street

Pub 222 | 222 West Main Street

Puebla Modern Mexican | 51 South 1st Street

Riverside Pizza & Pub | 102 East Main Street

Romano Mercato Italiano | 210 Cedar Street

Rookies | 1545 West Main Street

ROX City Grill | 100 West Main Street

Salsa Verde Mexican Restaurant | 1850 Lincoln Highway

The Spotted Fox Ale House | 3615 East Main Street

St. Charles Place Steak House | 2550 East Main Street

Szechwan Restaurant | 117 West Main Street

Tap House Grill | 3341 West Main Street

Taste of Himalayas | 110 North 3rd Street

Vintage 53 | 162 South 1st Street

Wok 'n Fire | 181 South 1st Street

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone happy dining in beautiful St. Charles! Follow us on Facebook for information on other amazing Fox River Valley events throughout the year!

 

 

Image Credit: City of St. Charles

 

What To Look For When Buying A Home For Your Family!

by The Rullo Team

Room for a nursery? Check. Good school district? Check. Home buyers with kids (or who hope to have kids soon) know to look for properties with certain kid-friendly characteristics ... but do you know all the things you should check? Home buyers with kids have several things that they always keep in mind when they begin searching for a home. These include location within a great school district, room for your family to grow, and safety of the neighborhood. But, what about those things that are overlooked that could make a home less conducive for everyone in your family. If you are a parent and are in the market for a new home in the Fox River Valley, consider these 8 factors as you begin your search!


1. Open Floor Plan

If you have younger children, an open floor plan allows you to keep your kids in sight while you are taking care of other things, such as preparing dinner, in your home. Look for homes that have the family room, dining room, and kitchen open. Even as your kids get older and start using the basement or bonus room more, this open space will still be a perfect spot to gather together as a family throughout the day.

 

2. Placement of Bedrooms

Not only do you want to make sure your new home has enough bedrooms for everyone in your family, but you should also consider where those bedrooms are placed within the home. Decide whether you want to have all of the bedrooms located on the same floor so you can always hear what is happening in your children's bedrooms OR if you prefer the master bedroom on the first floor for some privacy.


3. Hot Items

Think about areas of the home that could get hot and potentially burn your children if touched. Radiators (though mostly found in older homes) can be hot to the touch. In addition, the glass over gas fireplaces can also become so hot that one could be burned if they accidently touch it. Make sure that you take necessary precautions if you have younger children in the home.


4. View of the Backyard

As important as it is to have a back yard for your children to play it, it is just as important to have an easy sightlight to that backyard from inside your home. This will allow you to keep an eye on your children as you do chores within the home.


5. Flat Yard

If your lot is too steep, it can make playing difficult and even dangerous for your children. Find a yard that is flat so your kids can safely play all that they want to.


6. Neighbors

Try to find out who the neighbors are in the area. Your children's safety should always be at the top of your mind when picking a new house.


7. Sidewalks

Even if you make sure not to move onto a street that has too much traffic, it can still be dangerous for kids to play and walk around outside if there aren't sidewalks in the area.


8. Walkability

Along with sidewalks, buyers with kids should pick out a home that is close to amenities. Make your life more convenient by moving to a spot that has parks, schools, restaurants, and stores within walking distance.



For more Home Buying Tips or to Search Homes for Sale in the Fox River Valley, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We are happy to here to help you find a home that perfectly fits the needs of you and your children.

Sell Your Home By Acing The Open House!

by The Rullo Team

Open houses are important events to hold when you are looking to Sell your Fox Valley home. They allow a buyer to see the home in person and ask any questions that they might need answered in order to move forward with buying the home. It is important for sellers to make sure they are putting their best foot forward during the open house in order to sell their home for top dollar and quickly. If you are looking to sell your home this season, follow these tips for selling success with your open house.

1. Have buyers excited to enter your home by creating Welcoming Entrance. Such simple touches as a nice doormat and potted plants at your front door will show that you put care into your home.

2. Clutter can be distracting and can make counters seem small. Clear Counters to only the essentials in the bathroom and kitchen.

3. Buyers know that someone else currently lives in the home but they need to have the opportunity to picture themselves living in it as well. Before open houses, Put Away Personal Items such as children's artwork or family photos.

4. Allow buyers to see the potential of your home by Setting The Dining Table. Adding place settings to the table showcases the home's potential for dinner parties and other gatherings.

5. Make the buyers feel Right At Home by having light snacks and beverages for them to enjoy during the open house. Place freshly cut flowers in central spots throughout the home to add some color and fragrance.

6. Although you might want to stick around, it is a good idea to Not Be Around for the entire open house. Having the home owner present can make buyers feel less comfortable to ask their agent questions and you want to make sure that they are getting all the information they need to want to buy your home after the open house.

For more great home selling tips, The Rullo Team is here! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Treat Your Sweetheart To A Romantic Dinner in The Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Cupid has come to the beautiful Fox River Valley! Valentine's Day is almost here! Celebrate the love you share with your sweetheart with an incredible dinner for two. There are so many delectable and romantic restaurants in the Fox River Valley to choose from. Here are our top recommendations for romantic spots to dine for Valentine’s Day. And, don't forget to grab a sweet treat for dessert afterwards!


DINNER

Atwater's | 15 South River Lane, Geneva | (630) 208-8920

Fioras | 317 South 3rd Street, Geneva | (630) 262-1317

Moveable Feast & Company | 321 Franklin Street, Geneva | (630) 845-3287

Niche | 14 South 3rd Street, Geneva | (630) 262-1000

Osteria Bigolaro | 317 West State Street, Geneva | (630) 402-0597

The Pattern House | 124 South 2nd Street, Geneva | (630) 492-5040

Wildwood Restaurant | 477 South Third Street, Geneva | (630) 377-8325

Club Arcada | 105 East Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 962-7000

The Finery & Blacksmith Bar | 305 West Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 940-2380

Hotel Baker | 100 West Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 584-2100

Nuova Italia Restaurant | 18 North 4th Street, St. Charles | (630) 584-4040

Pheasant Run Resort | 4051 East Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 584-6300

St. Charles Place | 2550 East Main Street, St. Charles | (630) 377-3333

Vintage 53 | 162 South 1st Street, St. Charles | (630) 549-0423

Gaetano's Batavia | 15 East Wilson Street, Batavia | (630) 406-3009

 

DESSERT

All Chocolate Kitchen | 33 South Third Street, Geneva | (630) 232-2395

Sugar Path Bakery | 315 West State Street, Geneva | (630) 262-3353

Graham's Fine Chocolates & Ice Cream | 302 South Third Street, Geneva | (630) 232-6655


 


The Rullo Team
wishes everyone in the Fox River Valley a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Follow us on Facebook for more local information and events!

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.

 


Contine to check The Rullo Team's website for more helpful home maintanence tips throughout the year!

Understanding The Home Inspection!

by The Rullo Team

Knowing what to expect every step of the way when buying a new home can help eliminate some of the stress from the process. One of the important steps during this process is the Home Inspection. This step occurs before the final closing on your home. A home inspection helps protect you and your investment by allowing you discover any potential issues with the home that might have been overlooked or undisclosed. You can then decide whether to renegotiate with the seller or, if the issues are too extreme, walk away from the home. Here are the important things to keep in mind when you are ready for a home inspection.

 


Make sure to hire a highly skilled home inspector. You want to make sure that you use someone that will complete a thorough review of the home. In order to find the best home inspector in the Fox River Valley, contact the Rullo Team for our recommendations. Once you have the names of recommended home inspectors, it is smart interview them to find the one best for you. Use this opportunity to find out about their training, expertise, and experience. You should also ask to see their past home inspection reports to make sure that they are highly detailed and offer recommendations for issues found.

 


Attend the home inspection, if possible. This will allow you to walk through the home with the inspector and find out about any issues immediately. It gives you the opportunity to fully discuss recommended fixes with a professional. The home inspector will review everything between the roof to the basement floor. Although the physical structure of the home and all major systems and appliances will be inspected, realize that there still could be some hidden issues that the inspector just is not equipped to reveal. By having a discussion with him during the process, you can ask questions and find out if there are additional things you should be on the lookout for should you decide to continue with purchasing the home.

 


For more Home Buying Tips or to Search Homes for Sale in the Fox River Valley, give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/. We are happy to help you every step of the way to find and purchase your dream home!

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