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Ignore these 7 aspects of a home you're viewing for purchase

by The Rullo Team

You’ve decided to purchase a home.  Whether this is your first home or last, don’t get spooked by decorating that doesn’t meet your taste.  Here are 7 things to ignore when viewing possible homes to purchase:

  1. Home Staging is done to highlight the best that a home has to offer. But you need to remember that it’s the homeowners and designers choices to utilize the pieces they’ve chosen.  Your ideas for a room might be totally different, so look past the design choices.
  2. Carpeting!  Too many people enter a home tour and get turned off immediately at the sign of carpet in the home.  This is short-sighted as many older homes have hardwoods under the carpet.  Even if this doesn’t hold true for the home you’re viewing, remember that this is an easy update to do in any room.
  3. Wallpaper.  This decorating gem has made a comeback over the past couple years, and in many cases, when done right, can really accentuate a room.  However, if the wallpaper isn’t your cup of tea, don’t sweat it!  A good steam and elbow grease will have this off in no time; giving you a blank canvas to create the atmosphere you’re looking for.
  4. Wild and bold paint colors.  You may be the person who likes their walls and doors more on the neutral side so you can decorate with pops of color elsewhere, but remember, there are plenty of artistic individuals who like to use these colors on the walls, staircases, ceilings and more.  Instead of opting out of the house for those reasons, look at it as an opportunity to create the room of YOUR dreams with just a little paint.
  5. Faucet and sink features in the bathroom or kitchen. You walk into a home with your heart set on the new brass/black faucets and bowl sinks, but you find stainless steel and basins of yesteryear.  Again, this isn’t a big problem.  Swapping out faucet hardware and even upgrading your basins can be done very cost-effectively.
  6. Kitchen cabinet colors.  Individual opinions vary deeply when it comes to a dream kitchen.  If you’re looking at a home that has a great layout, island and lots of cabinets to suit your needs but they are in black and you’d like gray, not a big deal!  There are plenty of interior decorating services that can spray and paint your existing cabinets to the color you desire; without totally remodeling the entire kitchen.
  7. Landscape. Curb appeal is critical whether you’re buying or selling a home, but again, each person has their own tastes as to what looks terrific.  If you’re seeing a yard that has lots of crazy bushes or too much maintenance, look at it as a chance to create your own backyard oasis.  Simply axing a home because the yard and garden aren’t to your liking can cost you a great home.

Better to concentrate on the home’s more important aspects;  How is the roof?  Electrical? HVAC? Foundation?  These are the non-negotiable parts of the home that need to be in great working order or can cost you dearly.  Cosmetics are just the choice of the homeowner and can be tailored to your own likes and needs.

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Which Schools Ranked at the Top for St. Charles IL?

by The Rullo Team

The new school year is right around the corner! Are you searching for a home in the neighborhoods of the top St. Charles Illinois schools?  We're here to help!

According to, St. Charles IL is a top place to live and mainly because it has so many highly rated schools.  The following schools have received an A rating from the nationally known

Corron Elementary School  Corron Elementary is located in the Thornwood Subdivision and is one of twelve elementary schools in the St. Charles School District serving grades K-5.  Both the teachers and academics at Corron scored an A rating from   Search all homes for sale in the Corron Elementary School neighborhood.

Bell-Graham Elementary School  With a school motto of " to foster a reflective and joyful learning community where students respect diversity and use their hearts and minds to positively impact the world and set the course for their lifelong journeys", Bell-Graham Elementary strives to provide the best experience for their students and parents.  Serving K-5 grades, this top-rated school is located in the Fox Mill neighborhood.  Search all homes for sale in the Bell-Graham Elementary School neighborhood.

Wredling Middle School  Located at 1200 Dunham Rd, this top-rated middle school opened its doors in 1995 with the following elementary schools feeding into it:  Anderson, Fox Ridge, Munhall, Lincoln, and Norton Creek.  Serving grades 6-8, Wredling Middle School maximizes the learning opportunities for its children.  Search all homes for sale in the Wredling Middle School neighborhood.

St. Charles East High School  Consistently ranked at the top of the high schools in St. Charles, this school is dedicated to excellence and student achievement.  Serving grades 9-12, St. Charles East High School is located at 201 South 7th St.  Search all homes for sale in St. Charles East High School 

Learn more about the top-rated schools in Geneva and Batavia in next weeks blog.  Have questions about the local schools or homes in the area?  Contact The Rullo Team.

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Top Trends for Gardening in 2018!

by The Rullo Team

Outdoor space is just as important as indoor space and is the first impression an individual has of your home.  Landscaping and gardening to increase curb appeal will help to sell your home, but you need to choose wisely.  Below are tips for creating the outdoor ambiance you're looking for:

1. Evaluate your soil before planning your landscaping and gardens.  The soil makeup, access to sunlight and your climate, will dictate the types of plants you should use.

2. While it is very easy to snap of flowers and greens by beauty alone, it's important to look at plants that are hearty for your climate.  Here are a few to consider in the Midwest:  Orange Butterfly Milkweed, Coneflower, Bee Balm, Black-eyed Susan, Little Bluestem, Switchgrass, and Goldenrod.

3. Outdoor trends for 2018 include beautiful Zen Gardens to promote relaxation and peace in your outdoor space.  To create a meditative space include a natural bench facing the sun, a waterfall or pond, native greens and a well-appointed serene piece of outdoor art. 

4. Kitchen- It may sound strange but outdoor kitchens are actually upstaging indoor ones in 2018!  Why?  We all want to maximize our outdoor living space and take advantage of the seasons. Create your outdoor kitchen with comfortable seating, shading, grill, fridge and easily accessible snacks.

5. Are you the type of individual who loves the color and beauty of a garden but doesn't want the daily maintenance of one?  Then the "Bedhead" garden is for you!  HGTV defines the Bedhead Garden as one with easy care and random structure. Think ornamental grass, use of stone and wood with drought-proof plants.

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Mark Your Calendars for the Kane County Fair!

by The Rullo Team

Mark your calendars for the Fox River Valley’s top rated summer event…..the Kane County Fair and Festival!! Celebrate the fair’s 150th year on Wednesday, July 18th, through Sunday, July 22nd, at the Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles). There is something for everyone on the Midway! Enjoy free music concerts daily at the Miller Lite Sound Stage. Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddy Land, magic shows, racing pigs, petting zoo, obstacle course, and much more! For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand to watch several different special events! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the Kane County Fair and Festival!

Miller Lite Sound Stage Schedule

Thursday, July 19th

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

**All Miller Lite Sound Stage performances are FREE with fair admission!**

Grandstand Schedule   

Thursday, July 19th

  • 7:00 pm | Monster Truck Show

    • Admission: $10 per person

Friday, July 20th

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Saturday, July 21st

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Sunday, July 23rd

  • 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm | Smash Em Bash Em Demolition Derby

    • Admission: $10 per person

**Tickets for shows sold at Grandstand each night starting at 6:00 pm. Discounted tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows available at Ticketmaster.**

Hours of Operation

Wednesday | 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Thursday | 3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Friday | 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Saturday | 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

Sunday | 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm

**Exhibit halls close 2 hours earlier than the Midway.**

Ticket Information

General Admission

  • Wednesday | FREE for all!

  • Thursday | $5 per person | FREE for Senior Citizens (ages 62+) and Military (with ID) until 5:00 pm

  • Friday - Sunday | $10 per adult | $5 per child (ages 3-12)

Season Tickets

  • $20 per person

**Purchase tickets in advance HERE!**


The Rullo Team wishes everyone an amazing time at the 2018 Kane County Fair!!

Protect your Pets from the Stress of Fireworks!

by The Rullo Team



With the celebrations of the 4th of July tomorrow, it's important to protect your pets from the stress of the loud noises of Fireworks Displays that will fill the nighttime sky.  Pets are under stress from loud auditory sounds throughout their daily lives;  police cars, ambulances, firetrucks, construction and more.  However, firework displays are far greater than the 120-decibel pain threshold for pets...fireworks are in the 170-decibel range!  Below are some tips to help alleviate the stress and keep your pets safe:


2. Keep them in a quieter, interior room to help shield from the noise.

3. Turn on the Television or Radio to add some everyday background noise that can interfere with the loud noises outside.

4. If at all possible, have a family member stay with your pets during this time.  Especially if you have a new pet!

5. Make sure the room you put them in does not have an easy escape route.  The number of pets that try to escape their situation during fireworks increases substantially on the 4th.

6. Check to be sure that your pet has identification tags or is chipped, in case they do escape the home.

7. If you've chosen to have fireworks at your own home, make sure you've cleaned up the debris as it will be toxic for pets...especially when being chewed on.

8. When returning from a fireworks display, try to be calm upon entering your home and keeping loud everyday home noises to a minimum.  

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a happy & safe Independence Day!

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