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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.

 

 

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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/.

Time To Register For Geneva's City-Wide ABC Garage Sale!

by The Rullo Team

 

It’s time for some spring cleaning! Have clothes, items, and/or furniture in your Attic, Basement, or Closets that you never use?! They could be someone else’s treasure! Participate in the 2019 GENEVA CITY-WIDE ABC GARAGE SALE!


Participate in the city wide garage sale on Friday, April 26th and Saturday, April 27th to help get rid of your unwanted items and pick up some amazing finds from your fellow Geneva neighbors! By participating in the city wide sale, the Geneva Chamber of Commerce takes care of the advertising and signage for you, ensuring lots of visitors to your garage sale, while you keep all the profits!!


There are two ways to participate! Fill out the Online Application and submit the $25 early bird registration fee OR Print the Application and drop it off with your check at the Geneva Chamber of Commerce (8 South Third Street).


Do not delay! Submit your application by Tuesday, April 16th to have your address and list of items included on the printed AND online maps! The Geneva Chamber of Commerce will also provide you with signage. That sort of advertising cannot be beat! AND, when it comes to the sale, you keep all the profits!


Participants should head over to the Geneva Chamber of Commerce between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm on Wednesday the 24th to pick up your instructions, maps, and signs.

 

Keep checking our Website and following us on Facebook during the upcoming weeks for the Geneva Garage Sale Map to find all the best deals in the city that weekend, plus information on other fantastic Fox River Valley community events. Happy Spring Cleaning!

Update Your Front Porch For Spring Selling Success!

by The Rullo Team

Are you ready to "Spring" into the Fox River Valley housing market? With the temperatures rising and the snow melting, now is the perfect time to start enhancing your home's curb appeal so it is ready to sell. A great area to focus on is your front porch. It will help create an inviting first impression for buyers and, as an added bonus, can be utilized by you and your family as additional outdoor living space! Follow these design tips to have your front porch looking it's absolute best this spring!

1. Draw the eye from the street towards the front porch with the placement of colorful plants throughout your landscaping.

2. Ensure that your front porch is always well lit. Add 3 to 4 different sources of light. Make sure your house numbers are illuminated so buyers and guests can always easily locate your home.

3. Add potted greenery that will last throughout the growing season as well as window boxes and/or vases of seasonal flowers to your front porch for a bright, lush atmosphere.

4. Create a cozy spot to gather with seating for two and a small table. For a cozy, old-fashioned touch, hang a swinging bench.

5. Place a functional and fashionable doormat at the entrance to tie the space together and welcome guests inside.

6. Coordinate color throughout the space with your accents. Make sure that they share all the same hues and complement your home's exterior. A good way to ensure color coordination is to use your home's trim or front door color as a starting point.

7. Keep pests away and beat the summer heat and humidity with a cool breeze from an outdoor ceiling fan or well-placed upright fan.

8. Add some privacy and block the sun with outdoor curtains. Make them easy to open and close as needed and use fade-resistant fabric for longevity.

For more helpful Home Selling Tips, visit our Website and follow us on Facebook.

Get Your Fox River Valley Lawn Ready For Spring!

by The Rullo Team

Get your green thumb ready! Spring is right around the corner! While it might still be a little bit before the warmer weather fully reaches us, now is actually the perfect time to start prepping your Fox River Valley lawn! Complete these lawn care tasks today and enjoy the most stunning yard this spring!


1. Wash Salt Away

All the salt used on the winter roads can do a number on your grass and plants. Give your landscaping a good watering to get rid of this winter remnant.


2. Patch It Up

Now is the perfect time to patch up those thin and barren spots around your lawn. Add grass seed or sod to these areas before the ground temperature rises above 65 degrees. This will help keep weeds at bay.


3. Remove Debris

After the fall and winter, your yard is likely filled with some leftover leaves, branches, and yard debris. Although this stuff protects your lawn in the colder months, it hinders growth in the spring. Do a good cleaning by removing all these items from your grass and garden.


4. Prune & Fertilize

Check the soil for dryness. If it is crumbling instead of clumping, you can begin pruning and fertilizing. Remove old growth from perennials and prune your trees and shrubs. Add a slow release fertilizer to your plants, trees, and grass. Use one that also contains a pre-emergent herbicide to help fight off weeds.


5. Plant Cool Season Plants

Once your soil is dry enough, you can start to add some fresh greenery to your garden. Although temperatures might not seem warm enough, there are some resilient growers (such as bare-root plants, snapdragons, and pansies) that love the conditions of this time of year.


6. Pick Out Your Perennials

Although you cannot plant them yet, now is the time to pick out and preorder the perennials you want to plant this spring. Most nurseries offer deals on these plants at this time of year. Not only will you get a great price but you will also enjoy the best selection!


7. Service Your Mower

Have your lawn mower serviced and ready to go for the first cut of spring. Keep it running in tip top shape all spring and summer by sharpening the blades, changing the oil, and replacing the spark plugs.



For more helpful home improvement tips throughout the year, check out our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ and follow us on Facebook.

Geneva Proves Yet Again That It Is Best Of The West!

by The Rullo Team

There is one thing that people throughout Chicagoland know to be true…..Geneva, Illinois is a great place to live! For yet another year, West Suburban Living magazine’s annual survey has shown that Geneva is the top suburb that people would want to live other than their current hometown in 2019!


Every year the magazine releases their BEST OF THE WEST, which ranks the many western suburbs and their amenities in 90 categories. The rankings are based on reader votes. Geneva has been named the most desirable town to live in more than any other community throughout the years of competition.


It is not hard to recognize why Geneva stands out amongst the pack when looking at the other categories in the list. Readers honored the town of Geneva with many other notable distinctions that when taken all together prove that there is no other place quite like this charming town. Several of the city’s stores, restaurants, and entertainment facilities were named the best in the area. Geneva is also known as a city of great community events and festivals. The annual Swedish Days Festival and Festival of the Vine were named amongst the western suburb’s best festivals. Readers surveyed also recognized the Geneva Art Fairs and Geneva French Market as some of their favorite spots to find arts and crafts and local produce and food, respectively. Other top rankings went to Island Park, Geneva’s downtown, and so much more! All of these results make it clear, that Geneva truly has something to offer everyone!


Great local schools, beautiful recreational facilities, thriving downtown, and tight knit community feel are event more reasons why Geneva is the best of the best. 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/.  

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