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Design Tips to Sell Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

It might seem counter intuitive to put money and time into your Fox River Valley home once you've decided to sell. But, it is one of the best things you can do to help your home sell quickly and for top dollar! Attract buyers and stand out from the competition with these Design Tips to Sell.



Update Curb Appeal: Just like anything else in life, it is important to make a great first impression. This starts with your curb appeal. Wash and paint the exterior of your home. Take care of your landscaping. Add some welcoming touches to your front porch to invite buyers in.

Showcase Your Home: Although it might seem like you have to modernize everything in your home to sell, you should highlight your home's tradtional elements. These structural and/or design details will keep your home unique and memorable.

Add Some Paint: The cheapest thing you can do to give your home a fresh start is by applying some new paint. Just always keep it neutral to avoid turning off any potential buyers.

Think Eco-Friendly: Energy efficient features are increasingly popular amongst home buyers. These features not only help our environment but they also help a home owner's wallet when it comes to their energy bill.

Update Bathrooms and Kitchen: The few rooms that you should consider investing more money into are your bathrooms and kitchen. These are key rooms that buyers look at to determine whether or not they want to buy the home. It doesn't have to be complete remodels. You can do more basic updates, such as changing hardware and light fixtures.

Add Master Bedroom Closets: A large walk in closet off of the master bedroom is a selling feature for buyers. If your home does not have one, find a way to add one to increase the value of your home.

Find New Storage Spaces: All home owners are always looking for new storage solutions. Be creative with it. Find new spaces, such as under the stairs, to add storage to your home.

Create Space: You always want your home to feel as large as possible when showing it to buyers. A great way to create the perception of space is by placing your furniture in groupings away from the wall.

Hire An Organizer: While you can declutter your home on your own, it can be to your benefit to hire a professional organizer. They have tips to help make your home larger, find new storage solutions, and will help you get rid of the items you really don't need.

 


Sell your Fox River Valley home for top dollar by working with The Rullo Team! Give us a call at (630) 513-1771 or visit http://www.therulloteam.com/ today!


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Enjoy Life In The Fox River Valley On Two Wheels!

by The Rullo Team

National Bike Month is right around the corner! But, that doesn't mean you need to wait to hop on those 2 wheels! Now is the perfect time of year to leave the car at home and explore our beautiful communities on your bike. Biking helps protect the environment and promotes healthy living! The stunning natural environment of the Fox River Valley along with the bike-friendly cities make it the perfect place for cycling enthusiasts. There are hundreds of miles of bike trails for you to explore. So strap on that helmet, pump up those tires, and enjoy biking in the Fox River Valley!


 

Fox River Trail

 

 

Bike along 30 miles of banks of the Fox River. This great trail provides access to some of your favorite Kane County natural spots and recreational facilities.

 

Great Western Trail

Get away from it all along this quiet, natural oasis. The trail is approximately 17 miles long. When it isn't used for biking in the summer, snowmobilers enjoy the route after heavy snowfalls.

 

Illinois Prairie Path

Enjoy 62 miles of biking trails through thousand-year-old prairie lands! Fun fact: the IPP was the country's first successful rail-to-trail conversion!

 

Virgil L. Gilman Trail

Explore wetlands and marvel at the local environment and wildlife on this beautiful 12-mile trail. It features a beautiful, historic truss bridge that crosses the Fox River.

 


Want to discover even more trails? There are many smaller ones located throughout the parks in our area. Click on the links below to explore all the trails just waiting for you to explore!

St. Charles Bike Trails Map

Geneva Bike Trails Map

Batavia Bike Trails Map   

 


The amazing recreational facilities found throughout the Fox River Valley are just one of the many reasons it is a great area to call home. Live in one of these beautiful bike friendly communities! If you are interested in buying your dream home in the area, give The Rullo Team
a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Fox River Valley School Districts Are Top Of Their Class!

by The Rullo Team


Report cards for our public school districts are in! Did our
Fox River Valley schools make the grade?! Educational Review and Ranking website Niche recently released their list of the top public school districts in Illinois! And, our local school districts were once again at the top of their class! Out of the 408 school districts examined, 5 Fox River Valley Districts ranked in the TOP 30 in the state!

 

#5 Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 | Aurora

 

 

Overall

A+

Academics

A

Teachers

A+

Administration

A+

College Prep

A+

Sports

A+

Clubs & Activities

A+

Health & Safety

A

Resources & Facilities

A-

Food

A

Diversity

A



 

Indian Prairie Community Unit School District was ranked ninth in the state as best district for athletes and 21st for best teachers!

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#13 Geneva Community Unit School District 304 | Geneva

 

 

Overall

A

Academics

A

Teachers

A+

Administration

A

College Prep

A+

Sports

A+

Clubs & Activities

A+

Health & Safety

A+

Resources & Facilities

B+

Food

A

Diversity

C-



 

Geneva Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 18 in the state for the best teachers, best districts for athletes, and safest.

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#17 St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 | St. Charles  

 

 

Overall

A

Academics

A

Teachers

A

Administration

A

College Prep

A+

Sports

A+

Clubs & Activities

A+

Health & Safety

A+

Resources & Facilities

B+

Food

A-

Diversity

B-



 

St. Charles Community Unit School District was ranked in the top 29 in the state for best districts for athletes and safest districts.

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#24 Batavia Public School District 101 | Batavia

 

 

Overall

A-

Academics

A-

Teachers

A

Administration

B

College Prep

A+

Sports

A+

Clubs & Activities

A

Health & Safety

A+

Resources & Facilities

B

Food

A

Diversity

B-



 

Batavia Public School District was ranked in the top 30 in the state for best best districts for athletes and safest districts.

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#30 Oswego Community Unit School District 308 | Oswego

 

 

Overall

A-

Academics

B+

Teachers

B+

Administration

B-

College Prep

A

Sports

A

Clubs & Activities

A

Health & Safety

A-

Resources & Facilities

B-

Food

B-

Diversity

A-



 

Oswego Community Unit School District was ranked the 20th best school district for athletes in the state.

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Education is a top priority for the school districts located in the Fox River Valley! If you are interested in Buying a home within one of these great public school districts, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

Celebrate Earth Day in the Beautiful Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Earth Day is Monday, April 22nd!!! The Fox River Valley is known for its incredible natural environment and residents in our communities take great pride in all the gifts that Mother Earth has bestowed upon our area. Celebrate the great outdoors and protect our environment for this and future generations during Earth Day! There are fantastic community events taking place in honor of the day. Gather your family and join your neighbors at these Earth Day celebrations throughout the Fox River Valley.


Earth Day Tree Planting

Date: Sunday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Big Rock Forest Preserve (46W072 Jericho Road, Big Rock)

Help make a difference this Earth Day by helping the Forest Preserve District of Kane County plant hundreds of trees in nearby Big Rock. This is a great way to get active and help Mother Earth. This is a FREE volunteer opportunity. There is no need to register for any group less than 10 individuals. For larger groups, please call (630) 762-2741 or email volunteer@kaneforest.com to register.


Earth Day Open House  

Date: Sunday, April 20th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve (37W700 Dean Street, St. Charles)

Head to the Creek Bend Nature Center for this extra special FREE celebration. Make nature themed crafts and complete a scavenger hunt in the nature center. Take a naturalist-guided hike around the preserve from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm.


Earth Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, April 27th

Time: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Location: Montessori Academy (595 South River Street, Batavia)

This 2nd annual celebration has something for the whole family! Discover a wide variety of eco-friendly vendors, listen to live music by Make it a Double and Finn Atwood, dine on delicious food, win incredible prizes in the silent auction, and more. Your children will love the arts & crafts, bounce house, games, salad making station, henna designs, and so much more. Be sure to meet the adoptable pets and onsite wildlife! Admission for this family fun celebration is $25 per person with children under 13 years old FREE! Purchase tickets HERE!


Elgin's Annual Earth Day Celebration

Date: Saturday, April 7th

Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Location: Hawthorne Hill Nature Center (28 Brookside Drive, Elgin)

This FREE, family-friendly event has something for everyone. Learn something new about native plants, local waterways, sustainable energy, and area food production. Enjoy live entertainment, healthy snacks, seed planting, children’s activities, arts & crafts, and so much more during this fun filled afternoon.


Happy Earth Day from The Rullo Team! Buy your dream home in one of our eco-friendly communities! Give us a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ to get started!

Geneva's "Art On Fire" Applications Now Open!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

Showcase your artistic talent and help contribute to the charm and beauty of Geneva through “Art on Fire” Hydrant Design Contest! This awesome program allows local artists to paint the city’s fire hydrants. It is a great opportunity for residents to display their creativity and brings public art to the city!



This collaboration between the city and the Cultural Arts Commission, celebrates the artistic talents of our residents and helps beautify our community. Check out all of the painted hydrants created since 2013 on this Interactive Map. Don’t worry; there are still plenty more that need painting!



“Art on Fire” is a free program that is open to everyone in the community. In order to participate, you must fill out the Application & Waiver Form and return to Geneva City Hall (22 South First Street) by 5:00 pm on May 10th. Participants can really allow their creativity to run wild as there is no specific theme. Artists are simply encouraged to incorporate the surrounding environment into the artistic design of the hydrant. The functionality and visibility of the hydrant cannot be compromised in any way. Painting will take place between May 1st and June 30th. There will be prizes awarded for the top 3 designs.



Grab your paint brushes and set your “Art on Fire” this spring in Geneva!

 

The arts are celebrated every day in the beautiful community of Geneva. Want to call this incredible community home? Check out the Current Homes for Sale in Geneva! Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

 

Image Credit: City of Geneva

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.

 

 

Check The Rullo Team's website and follow us on Facebook for more helpful home maintenance tips throughout the year!


 

Eggs-citing Easter Events Throughout The Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

With Easter right around the corner, the Easter Bunny has been busy hiding eggs throughout the greater Fox River Valley! Your whole family will have a blast at all the incredible holiday events taking place now through Easter weekend! Fill up your holiday calendar with these fun filled festivities!

 

Egg-mazing Race

Date: Friday, April 12th

Times: 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm (ages 1-5 & 5-8)

Location: Wheeler Park (822 North First Street, Geneva)

Cost: $5 for residents | $8 for non-residents | Register HERE


Flashlight Egg Hunt

Date: Friday, April 12th

Times: 6:30 pm - 7:15 pm (ages 1-5 & 5-8) | 8:00 pm - 8:45 pm (ages 6+)

Location: Hickory Knolls Discovery Center (3795 Campton Hills Road, St. Charles)

Cost: $5 for residents | $8 for non-residents | Registration for ages 1-5, ages 5-8, ages 6+

 

Elburn Lions Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Location: Lions Park (500 Filmore Street, Elburn)

Cost: FREE!

 

Doggie Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 9:45 am

Location: Volunteer Park (61 South Main Street, Sugar Grove)

Cost: FREE!

 

Kids Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Volunteer Park (61 South Main Street, Sugar Grove)

Cost: FREE!

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Pottawatomie Park (8 North Avenue, St. Charles)

Cost: FREE!

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Rotolo Middle School (1501 South Raddant Road, Batavia)

Cost: FREE!

 

Doggie Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: West Main Park Shelter (40W101 Main Street, Batavia)

Cost: $10 per dog | Register HERE

 

The Great Bunny Search

Dates: Saturday, April 13th AND Saturday, April 20th

Times: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, & 3:00 pm

Location: Jon J. Duerr Forest Preserve (35W003 Route 31, South Elgin)

Cost: $14 per person | Purchase tickets HERE

 

Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Maple Park Public Library (302 Willow Street, Maple Park)

Cost: FREE!

 

Easter Bunny Home Visits

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 11:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Throughout Greater St. Charles Area

Cost: $22 for first child +$7 each additional child (residents) | $33 for first child +$11 each additional child (residents) | Register HERE

 

Egg Hunt on the Island

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: Stolp Island (21 South Stolp Avenue, Aurora)

Cost: FREE!

 

Doggie Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 13th

Time: 2:00 pm

Location: River Bend Community Park (Courier & Geneva Avenues, St. Charles)

Cost: $4 per dog (early bird registration HERE) | $7 per dog (on-site registration)

 

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny!

Date: Wednesday, April 17th

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Location: Pottawatomie Community Center (8 North Avenue, St. Charles)

Cost: $10 for residents | $15 for non-residents | Register HERE

 

Flashlight Egg Hunt

Date: Thursday, April 18th

Time: 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Location: Wormley Heritage Park (331 Century Drive, Oswego)

Cost: $9 per child | Register HERE

 

HPF's Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am

Location: Heritage Prairie Farm (2N308 Brundige Road, Elburn)

Cost: FREE!

 

Milo’s Marvelous Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: Blackberry Farm (100 South Barnes Road, Aurora)

Cost: $6 per child | Register HERE

 

Downtown Batavia Egg Hop

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Location: Downtown Batavia | Start at Peg Bond Center (151 North Island Avenue, Batavia)

Cost: FREE!

 

Spring Holiday Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Kenyon Woods Pasture (Raymond Street, South Elgin)

Cost: FREE!

 

Natural Egg Dyeing

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Elgin Public Museum (225 Grand Boulevard, Elgin)

Cost: $2 for 2 eggs



The Rullo Team wishes everyone a very HAPPY EASTER! Follow us on Facebook and check out our Website for information on more great holiday and community events!


 

Celebrate The Great Outdoors This Spring in The Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Enjoy the start of the warm spring weather throughout the Fox River Valley! Spend time this spring in the beautiful outdoor surroundings that our area has to offer. There are so many fantastic parks and nature preserves in our area. Whatever you like to do outside, the communities in our area have a perfect spot for you. Here is our list of 5 favorite places that are perfect for hiking, exploring nature, and having fun outdoors!


 

Dick Young Forest Preserve (39W115 Main Street, Batavia

This great forest preserve offers great environments for you to explore. It features prairie, wetlands, and woodlands. These areas allow for ample opportunities to view wildlife and plants. The Dick Young Forest Preserve also shows off our region’s past geologic history through the presence of moraines and the Nelson Lake Marsh, which was created by a glacier over 10,000 years ago!


Fox River Bluff (East) Forest Preserve (5N860 Weber Drive, St. Charles)

 This forest preserve features open spaces as well as a 31 acre wooded portion. It stretches along the shores of the beautiful Fox River, opening up opportunities for fishing. The trails that traverse the Fox River Bluff Forest Preserve are perfect for biking and hiking.


Lippold Park (2001 South River Street, Batavia)

This awesome community park has many fun amenities for visitors to use. There is a nature themed playground for the kids. The playground allows for endless hours of fun with its rope walk, tree stump chairs, climbing wall, climbing net, and wigwam. The park also has a fire pit with amphitheater-style seating. Go for a hike along the boardwalk that leads through wetlands along the banks of the Fox River.


Red Oak Nature Center (2343 South River Street, Batavia)

With 40 acres of forest and wildlife habitat, this nature center is great to explore. There are wood-chipped trails for hiking as well as paved trails that allow dogs and bikes. The main feature of this center is the cave, which is the only known one in the area. The Fox River can be viewed from an awesome observation deck inside.


Peck Farm Park (38W199 Kaneville Road, Geneva)

This park is truly a favorite for residents in the area. Ample time can be spent outdoors on the trails and around the large pond. There is a spectacular playground that features 8 interactive stations where children can learn more about local bug, bird, and tree species. Indie the beautiful historic farmhouse, there are more opportunities for fun during nature classes or inside the butterfly house.


Find more helpful information about the best local spots to explore throughout the Fox River Valley by checking our Website and following us on Facebook throughout the year!

Best Time To List Your Fox River Valley Home To Sell!

by The Rullo Team

Which month is the best time list your Fox River Valley home? The answer......RIGHT NOW!!! The month of April is the best time to list your home for sale!

 

With interest rates below 4.5% and lower home inventory, buyers are currently on the hunt to find the best property. Take advantage of the lower competition (it won't last long) by getting your home on the market right now. Research from Realtor.Com shows that the benefits of listing this month are clear.

 

Their data shows that homes listed in the first week of April have 5% less competition, sell 6 days faster, are viewed 14 times more online, AND have 6% higher prices! The benefits are clear! Can't get your home listed this first week? Have no fear! The entire month of April came in as the top time to sell for the year.

 


List your home in April to get it sold quickly and for top dollar!

If you are ready to SELL this month, work with the The Rullo Team to get top dollar for your home and sell it quickly! Give our experienced team a call today at (630) 513-1771 or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

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