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Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

by The Rullo Team

Raise the roof

Few home problems are more frustrating than a leaky roof, as it’s often hard to find the exact source of the problem.  So, taking care of these things before the rain and snow begin is a good idea. 

Inspect your roof from top to bottom, searching for missing or damaged shingles. Check shingles for cracks and other damage. Look for damage to metal around vents and chimneys. Look in your gutters, if you find large granules is could be a sign that you are losing your roof’s coating. Finally, make sure your gutters are flowing freely.

*If you are no longer using antennas…take them down.

Get your mind in the gutter

The drainage system on your roof is extremely important, as it diverts thousands of gallons of water from your home annually, protecting your foundation and walls. So, obviously you want to keep these drains flowing smoothly.  Clogged gutters lead to basement flooding and other hard to detect damage.  They are not immune from rust and erosion either.  So, before the leaves start falling, clean your gutters! THEN put some mesh guards over them to protect from future debris.  


Hunt for drafts

Many homes have air leaks around windows and doors, which can account fro 10% of your energy bill (according to the U.S. Department of Energy).  So, check for gaps in caulk and weather stripping.  If you don’t have weather stripping…you’re missing out!  Seriously, weather-stripping is by far the most cost-effective way to control heating and cooling costs. It will reduce drafts and keep your home comfy cozy year round.  However, this stuff does deteriorate over time, so even if you already have it, you want to inspect it each year.  

There are a couple easy techniques for checking your stripping:

1) Close your door or window on a strip of paper…if the paper slides up and down easily, you have some work to do.

2) Light a candle and hold it near the frame of the closed door or window…if you find the flame flickers at any point near the frame…you have a leak!

You’ll also want to check the caulk, especially near entry points for cables.  This also deteriorates over time, so you may have to re-caulk.  



Winter is coming, all men must protect their pipes. 

Close any shut-off valves to outdoor faucets…then drain the line, by opening the valve outside.  

*If you don't have shut-off valves or your faucets are not "freeze-proof “, you may benefit from styrofoam faucet covers sold at home centers.

In-ground irrigation systems should come with instructions from the manufacturer on how to freeze proof. 

Where’s your filter?

Furnace filters trap dust that would otherwise be deposited around your home.  Clogged filters also make it harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and can seriously increase your utility bills. It’s easy to manage.  Simple monthly cleaning is all it takes to keep these filters breathing free and clear.

 Disposable filters can be vaccumed once before replacement. Foam filters can also be vaccumed but these don't need to be replaced unless they are damaged. Use a soft brush on a vacuum cleaner. If the filter is metal or electrostatic, remove and wash it with a firm water spray.  Boom, your filter is good as new.


Professional help

It's a good idea to have your heating system inspected by a professional once a year. People often wait until the last minute, so beat the rush and schedule this for the early fall, before the heating season even begins.  

See the signs:

    Noisy belts Weird screeches or whines may signal that belts connected to the blower motor are worn or damaged.

    Poor performance. A heating system that doesn't seem to work as well as it used to could mean a lot of different problems. Your heating ducts could be blocked, the burners might be misadjusted or the blower motor could be on its way out.  But before you panic, check that the filter is clean.    

    Erratic behavior. This could be caused by a faulty thermostat.

Come on baby light your fire

Even if you rarely use your fireplace, you should check it annually for damage. 

Inspect your flue for creosote. Creosote is a flammable by-product of burning wood, so if it accumulates in your chimney, you could be victim to a devastating fire. Have your chimney inspected annually for creosote buildup. If you use a fireplace frequently, then have the flue inspected after each cord of wood burned.

The best option is to have your entire chimney system inspected by a chimney sweep. Once you know what to look for, you can perform the inspection by shining a bright flashlight up the flue, looking for any deposits approaching 1/8 inch thick, though the actual cleaning of these deposits should be performed by a professional.  

Look for flue blockages. Birds love to nest at the top of an unprotected flue. A chimney cap is an easy way to prevent this.  If you don't have a cap, just take a look up the flu to be sure.

Exercise the damper. The damper is the metal plate that opens and closes the flu just above the firebox. Test the open and closed positions to ensure that it is working properly.

Check for damage. Make certain that the flue cap is in place. Inspect brick chimneys for loose or broken points. If access is a problem try using binoculars.

Keep your humidifier happy 

Really dry winter air is bad for your health, but did you know it can make fine wood crack easier? You and your home will feel more comfortable if you keep your central humidifier running properly. 

Inspect the plates or pads. You can clean them with laundry detergent. You should also rinse and scrape off mineral deposits (use a wire brush or steel wool). 


Anything involving gas is a huge safety issue.  Heaters that are not maintained properly can spew poisons into the air of your home, or at least it may be costing you more to operate. Have a professional check these devices annually. 

Smoke and CO detectors 

Replace batteries in all of your smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors. Then vacuum them with a soft brush attachment. Test the detectors by pressing the test button or holding a smoke source (like a blown-out candle) near the unit. If you haven't already, install a smoke detector on every floor of your home, including the basement.

Fire extinguishers 

You’d be surprised how many homes don’t have a fire extinguisher.  Every home should have at least one fire extinguisher rated for all fire types (look for an A-B-C rating on the label). Keep one near the kitchen; though having one per floor isn't a bad idea. Check the indicators on the pressure gauge to make sure the extinguisher is charged. Make sure the lock pin is intact and in place, and then make sure the discharge nozzle is not clogged.  

***Fire extinguishers that are more than six years old should be replaced.

***Mark the date of purchase on the new unit with a permanent marker.

Best Private High Schools In The Fox Valley

by The Rullo Team, the go-to place for current School Rankings and Statistics has just ranked the Top 100 Private Schools In Illinois, and the Fox Valley has represented itself well.  The 100 highest ranked schools in the area include several religious denominations and all parts of the city and suburban regions.  Niche ranked 3,880 high schools across the nation.  The reviews and rankings were based on key student statistics and data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s proprietary data, and 123,218 opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from 16,688 current students, recent alumni, and parents.  

The Fox Valley area has consistently placed almost all of their High Schools at or near the top half of the Top 100 Public High Schools in Illinois nearly every year. Now, with Niche's newest ranking of the Top 100 Private Schools in Illinois, we see that our private schools are ranking in the Top 100 as well. It's a great way to start our school year knowing that our children are in good hands and our schools are ranked on the high-end of the ranking spectrum. Without further adieu....drumroll please! Here are the the Fox Valley Private Schools that "Made the Grade" and rank in the Top 100 in Illinois:

12. Elgin Academy






25.  Marmion Academy

Marmion Academy is a private, Catholic, all-boys school in Batavia Township, Illinois. 

It has 513 students in grades 9-12.




47. Rosary High School

Rosary High School is a private, Catholic, all-girls school in Aurora, Illinois. 

It has 427 students in grades 9-12. 





50. St. Edward Central Catholic High School

St. Edward Central Catholic High School is a private Catholic school in Elgin, Illinois.

It has 430 students in grades 9-12. 





56. St. Francis High School

St. Francis High School is a private Catholic school in Wheaton, Illinois.

It has 780 students in grades 9-12





62. Westminster Christian School

Westminster Christian School is a private Presbyterian school in Elgin, Illinois.

It has 428 students in grades PK and K-12.


Aurora Christian Schools is a private inter-/non-denominational school in Aurora, Illinois.
It has 593 students in grades PK and K-12.


Aurora Central Catholic High School is a private Catholic school in Aurora, Illinois.
It has 561 students in grades 9-12. 

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by The Rullo Team

important to note that, once leads from Trulia, Zillow, start arriving they will not have lead routing rules. As with your other leads, you’ll need to set up the round-robin system. The system does not make any guesses about how you want to handle the drip email, newsletter, agent distribution.

Top 10 Restaurants In St. Charles

by The Rullo Team

St. Charles has so many GREAT restaurants to choose from, depending on your mood and purpose of the meal. 

Here are the Top 10 Restaurants in St. Charles....according to Yelp.
Do you agree?  If not, tell us who you'd pick!

1. Wok 'N Fire



2. Francesca's

Founded in 1992 by Restauranteur Scott Harris, Francesca's Restaurant Group has grown from a small welcoming restaurant in Chicago to now, over 33 locations, of multiple concepts across 4 states, but Francesca's is the best of the Original vibe; handwritten menus of classic italian favorites in a relaxed sophisticated ambieance.    

3. Pizzaria Neo

Authentic Naples Pizza! Tony Alfonso and Guy Sorrentino have created the perfect modern Italian Pizzaria, complete with brick oven pizza, true to the way they make it in the birthplace of pizza, Naples.  But pizza isn't all they have.  Neo has an extensive wine list and signature cocktail list and like any true Italian place, Neo has the smoothest espresso and cappucinno around.  

4. St. Charles Place

Voted best banquet place in Kane County, St. Charles Place is bringing back the classic supper club.  Instantly transported to another time when you walk in the door; red and black tones, crystal chandeliers, ecletic art, leather banquettes surround the room; very romantic.  Customers enjoy choice cuts of USDA hand selected steaks and prime rib, charred and flavorful!  They serve classics like Beef Wellington and Dover Sole and the wine list is impressive; serving specialty wines from around the world. 

5. Liu Brothers Asian Bistro

Good solid Asian cuisine.  Great for dining in or carry-out.  Liu Brother's wont disappoint.  They don't serve alcohol but encourage BYOB.  

6. El Puente

A unique blend of Authentic Mexican Cuisine and World Class Margaritas.  The Tequilla selection is incredible.  El Puente has been delighting customers for over 10 years and have quickly become the standard by which all other mexican food is compared.  The Jimenez family shares their own homemade traditional family recipes.  If you haven't been yet, you need to.

7. Puebla Modern Mexican

An attractive modern restaurant, featuring new takes on traditional Mexican food.  Their Margaritas are fantastic, which, is just as important as the food right?!

8. Beef Shack 

Family owned and operated since 2011, Beef Shack is a quick service restaurant serving premium quality food at affordable prices.  It has been voted "Best Beef" by the Kane County Chronicle for three consecutive years since 2012.  Each sandwich is hand crafted to perfection. ensuring a satisfying experience every single time.  

9. The Office

A great, unique and fun experience in St. Charles! As much a destination as it is a place for great food. But you may want to make a reservation at this incredible gastropub, as it's a favorite among the locals.  The building is beautiful, the food is great and the staff are friendly.  Perfect for a fun dinner with friends, a business, or really any occasion. If you've never been to a gastropub, you'll feel like you've been transported back to old time England. You'll love it! Get it on your "To Do" list now!

10. Giordano's

Giordano's! Enough said.  

"Its creation began in a small northern Italian town near Torino. Mama Giordano was famous around town for her exquisite cooking. Of all her renowned dishes, her most beloved meal was her “Italian Easter Pie”. Mama Giordano would serve this double- crusted, cheese stuffed masterpiece every year for Easter. This pizza pie became a sacred tradition in the Giordano family and a legend in the town of Torino. Years later, original owners and Italian immigrants Efren and Joseph Boglio moved to Chicago to start their own pizza business. The brothers introduced their Mama’s recipe for stuffed pizza. In 1974, on Chicago’s historic south side, Efren and Joseph opened the first Giordano’s. Over the next 40 years, hundreds of critics announced Giordano’s as the city’s “best” stuffed pizza! The rest is history you can still taste today, along with our other great starters, fresh salads, outstanding pastas and unique sandwiches. We continue evolving to bring you a taste of real, fresh Italian!" -Giordano's


As you can see, you have plenty of incredible restaurants to choose from any day of the week! Just do us a favor and let us know what you think of these any other fine St.Charles establishments. We want to keep our local businesses thriving and the more we can let others know about their amazing food and outstanding service....the more successful they will be, and the more successful our community will be as well. 

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Spectacular Waterfront Home In Wayne!

by The Rullo Team

Absolutely Spectacular Waterfront Home in the Heart of Quaint Wayne!

6N235 Surrey Road Wayne, Illinois


This 4 bedroom, 5 1/2 bath custom home is magnificent in ever respect.  The 9000 square foot stunning interior has vaulted and volume ceilings, 5 fireplaces, sauna/steam room, roof deck & Smart Home Technology.


Offered By: Alex and Vicky Rullo
The gorgeous first floor master suite with private loft, sitting room, & luxurious bath is the perfect place to escape the stresses of the day.  The beautiful kitchen is decorated in Maple & granite; formal living and dining rooms for all your entertaining needs; wonderful family room; 20x20 window surround office & 25x16 all-purpose rooms.  

A walk-out lower level is beautifully finished to include a media room, bar, recreation room and more! 4 amazing acres with an in-ground pool, brick patios, decks and an exquisite 1 plus acre pond featuring amazing waterfalls, grottos, fountains, walking paths and a fire pit...
Truly One-of-a-kind!

Tour des Fleurs Contest - Vote for your favorite gardens!

by The Rullo Team

Help support the Geneva Beautification Committee by voting for your favorite Tour des Fleurs gardens. The Beautification Committee consists of organizations, businesses, families and individual volunteers that adopt and maintain planting beds, containers and flower boxes located in Geneva's Central Business District. Your donations help support these efforts throughout the year, keeping Geneva beautiful!     Each $1 donated counts as 1 vote for a garden. Visit the City of Geneva website for contest rules and instructions on voting and donating.

The Voting Period is June 15 through Aug. 31. Voting for multiple gardens is encouraged!

#26 Le Potager, State & Third streets
#17 Karen Maladra, Esther Steel & Vivian Wissing, James & Second streets
#16  Le Jardin Scolaire, State & Second streets
#46  Les Fées des Bords de la Rivière, Second & Hamilton streets
#31 B & C  Geneva Lions Club - We Serve, Third & James streets
#31 A  It's Miscella, Third & James streets
#31 D  Neri's Flower Patch by the Fox, Third & James streets
#36  Harrison Street School, Fourth & James streets
#30  City Center Southwest,  State & Third streets
#1  Eastside Beau Jardin, State Street & Eastside Drive

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