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Come One, Come All to the Kane County Fair!

by The Rullo Team

It’s time for the biggest summertime celebration in all of the Fox River Valley….. the 2019 Kane County Fair & Festival!!! For 151 years, our county has come together every summer to showcase what makes living in this area so great! Come join in on all the fun this Wednesday, July 17th, through Sunday, July 23rd, for 5 days of family fun and amusement!

 

The festivities are taking place at the Kane County Fairgrounds located at 525 South Randall Road in St. Charles. Join your friends, family, and neighbors for the endless activities and entertainment going on during the fair! Dine on classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win carnival prizes on the Midway. Dance away to fun live entertainment at the Miller Lite Sound Stage. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Entertain the kiddos at the petting zoo and obstacle course. Swing by the Grandstand to watch several special events such as the demolition derby and bull riding!

 

Miller Lite Sound Stage Schedule

Thursday, July 18th
7:00 pm | Libido Funk Circus 

Friday, July 19th
8:00 pm | Hillbilly Rockstarz

Saturday, July 20th
8:00 pm | Hi Infidelity

Sunday, July 21st
7:00 pm | 7th Heaven

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

 

Grandstand Schedule   

Thursday, July 18th
7:00 pm | Monster Truck Show

Friday, July 19th
7:00 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Cowgirls

Saturday, July 20th
1:00 pm | Championship Cowgirl & Barrel Racing

7:00 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Cowgirls

Sunday, July 21st
4:00 pm | Ramer Race Promotions Demolition Derby

**Tickets for shows sold at Grandstand each night starting at 6:00 pm. Discounted tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows available through 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 11:00 pm

Saturday | 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm

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!**



Join The Rullo Team at the 151st Annual Kane County Fair! This amazing event brings the community together and makes the Fox River Valley an incredible place to live! Search Fox River Valley Homes for Sale to join in all the fun year round! Follow us on Facebook and check out our Website to find more reasons why you should call the Fox River Valley home sweet home!




Image Credit: Kane County Fair

Show Your Home Some Summer Time Love!

by The Rullo Team

Give your Fox River Valley home some TLC this 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 hot months and the rest of the year. Here are our top home maintenance tasks to tackle this summer!

 


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 and spring, that 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 season 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 year: from the cold in the winter to the heat of the summer. 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.

 

 

Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape this summer by completing these home maintenance tasks! Check out The Rullo Team's website and follow us on Facebook for more helpful home owner tips throughout the year!


Home Buying and the Home Inspection...is it necessary?

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!

Celebrate Independence Day in the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

 

Celebrate our nation’s independence in the beautiful Fox River Valley! Independence Day is almost here! Show off your patriotic pride at one of the many family-fun community events planned throughout our area this Fourth of July!  


 

AURORA

Fourth of July Parade

When: Thursday, July 4th | 10:00 am

Where: Downtown Aurora (Begins at Benton, Ends on River Street)

Cost: FREE!

Find the perfect spot along the route for this great annual parade.


Afternoon Picnic 

When: Thursday, July 4th | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Where: Tanner House (305 Cedar Street)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy some old-fashioned Independence Day fun with the Aurora Historical Society. Check out the museum, play some games, participate in the food eating contests, pet some furry animals, and watch the national Ringing of the Bells at 1:00 pm.


Fourth of July Celebration

When: Thursday, July 4th | 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Where: McCullough Park (150 West Illinois) & RiverEdge Park (360 North Broadway Avenue)

Cost: FREE!

Start at McCullough Park for some fun inflatables, carnival rides, and music to get you dancing. Then, get in the patriotic spirit by listening American classics performed by the Aurora American Legion Band and Bruce in the USA at RiverEdge Park.  At 9:30 pm, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display over the river.


BATAVIA

4th of July Sky Concert

When: Thursday, July 4th | 5:00 pm

Where: Engstrom Park (326 Millview Drive)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy Batavia’s spectacular annual “Sky Concert”! Dine on delicious food beginning at 5:00 pm. Dance to your favorite hits during a concert by The Blind Roosevelts at 6:00 pm. The Batavia Community Band will be performing patriotic music and American classics at 8:15 pm. The Sky Concert will begin at 9:30 pm.


ST. CHARLES

July 4th Celebration 

When: Thursday, July 4th | 6:00 pm

Where: Pottawatomie Park (8 North Avenue)

Cost: FREE!

Dance the evening away at a free concert by the band Shout Out as they perform a wide variety of favorite tunes. Bring a blanket down to Pottawatomie Park to take in the fireworks after the concert.


OSWEGO

Independence Day Fireworks 

When: Thursday, July 4th | 9:30 pm

Where: Prairie Point Community Park (4120 Plainfield Road)

Cost: FREE!

Enjoy the fireworks show from your favorite spot in the park.




The Rullo Team wishes everyone in the Fox River Valley a Very Happy and Safe INDEPENDENCE DAY!!! Follow us on FACEBOOK and check out our WEBSITE to learn about more fantastic community events taking place throughout the year!


Music in the Parks Throughout the Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

Rock out your summer in the beautiful Fox River Valley! Grab your a blanket, pack a picnic, and bring your family to one of our area's spectacular community parks on evenings throughout the summer for some incredible live music! There are FREE concerts in the park all summer long! Check out the schedules below for all the best local concert series!

St. Charles | Summer Concerts

When: Thursdays at 7:00 pm 

Where: Lincoln Park Gazebo (Main Street between 4th & 5th Streets)

Schedule: 

 

 

Batavia | River Rhapsody Concert Series

When: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Where: Batavia Riverwalk

Schedule

 

Geneva | RiverPark Summer Concert Series

When: Sundays at 6:00 pm

Where: RiverPark (North River Lane & Peyton Street)

Schedule

 

 

Geneva | Concerts in the Park

When: Wednesdays at 7:00 pm

Where: River Park (151 North River Lane)

Schedule

 

Follow us on Facebook and check out our Website for other great summer time events throughout the Fox River Valley!

 


Image Credit: Park District

Successfully Use Comparable Sales To Price Your Home!

by The Rullo Team

 

Ready to sell your Fox River Valley home? Congrats! Once you determine you are ready to sell, you need to name your price. You want something that will obviously be profitable for you while also attracting potential buyers. A good way to price your home is with comparable sales. The term comparable sales, or "comps", is used for other homes recently or currently on the market that are similar to your own home. These comps provide you with a good blueprint of your home's value. Check out our helpful tips for you to use comparable sales to price your Fox River Valley home! 

 

Homes That Are Located Nearby: In order to use comparable sales correctly, you need to focus on homes that are located as close to your own home as possible. Look within your subdivision, neighborhood, and school district. However, don't get blinded by their location. Just because a home down the street from you has sold doesn't mean that it's price is relevant for your home. 

 

Homes With Similar Styles: Once you are looking within your own location, focus in on those houses that share similar style characteristics to yours. These characteristics include architectural design, type of construction material, the square footage of the home and size of the lot, the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, etc. 

 

Homes With Similar Amenities and Amenities: Beyond the similarities in style, you want to look for homes that offer the same amenities and recent upgrades as your own since these features affect the value of a home. 

 

Homes That Recently Sold: The housing market is ever changing and prices fluctuate. This means that the price of a home that sold a year ago is no longer relevant for pricing your own home. When using comparable sales to price, never use a sale that occured over 90 days ago. 

 

Listen To Your Realtor: Your experienced real estate agent is an expert in comparable sales. They know the area, understand the current trends in the Fox River Valley market, and have handled many of the recent sales in the area. They will be able to assess the differences between your home and comparable sales to set an appropriate price to sell. 

 

 

 

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Looking to Buy your dream Fox Valley home? As a buyer, it is important to understand a home’s condition and maintenance. Learn to look past the design and decor elements of the home and recognize the structural “bones” of the house. Doing this will help you avoid potentially dangerous conditions and costly repairs should you end up buying the home. Become a smart buyer and use every opportunity you can to carefully inspect the home that you are interested in buying. Watch out for these warning signs that may be indicative of more serious structural problems within the home!

 

  • Incomplete or Badly Done Repairs/Renovations - Check for workmanship issues or tasks that seem incomplete.
  • Electrical Issues - Check for lights that flicker when on, warm outlets, flash burn signs near sockets and exposed wires.
  • Plumbing Issues - Check for leaky faucets, low water pressure, poor drainage, water stains near bathroom fixtures or on walls, peeling paint, musty or foul smells, and visible mold. 
  • Foundation Issues - Look for cracks in walkways and the driveway, unlevel floors and doorways (often noticeable in doors have large gaps underneath or on top of them), and trees with large roots near the foundation of the house. 
  • Roof Issues - Look out for warped, missing, or cracked shingles, materials that do not match the rest of the roof, and any noticeable wear or tear that indicates damage. 
  • Pest Issues - Check for areas that small rodents or insects could easily enter the house and be on the lookout for any wood damage that could indicate an issue. 

 

 

Being on the lookout for these warning signs allows you to have a more in depth conversation with the home inspector you hire. Work with an Experienced Realtor to help you throughout the process. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/ to help you find the perfect home (free of warning signs) for you!

Geneva's 70th Annual Swedish Days Festival is Here!

by The Rullo Team

For 70 years, the start of summer is marked by one of the most beloved community events in the Fox River Valley: the SWEDISH DAYS FESTIVAL!!! Head to beautiful Geneva from Tuesday, June 18th, through Sunday, June 23rd, for a full week of family fun!  There are Kids Events, Food Booths, a carnival and games, music performances, cultural activities, and SO MUCH MORE! Since we could never list everything happening in Geneva over the next six days, check out the Complete Schedule!

 

Live Entertainment!

Musicians, dancers, cultural performers, and more will be entertaining Swedish Fest goers all week long! You do not want to miss these incredible performances! Find live entertainment at the Central Stage (Third Street between James & Campbell Streets) and Courthouse Lawn (100 South Third Street).

Schedule

Wednesday, June 19th

1:00 pm | Cole Brandt | Courthouse Lawn

4:00 pm | Swedish American Children’s Choir | Central Stage

5:00 pm | Geneva Park District Youth Groups | Central Stage

6:30 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Semi-Finals | Central Stage

Thursday, June 20th

1:00 pm | Kelsey & Owen | Courthouse Lawn

5:00 pm | Geneva’s Got Talent Finals | Central Stage

7:00 pm | Planet Groove | Central Stage

Friday, June 21st

5:00 pm | Dancing Queen | Central Stage

7:00 pm | Semple | Central Stage

Saturday, June 22nd

1:00 pm | Danny O’Brien | Courthouse Lawn

5:00 pm | Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band | Central Stage

7:00 pm | ARRA | Central Stage

 

Sweden Väst!

 At the heart of this festival is a celebration of our community's Swedish heritage. Explore a smorgasbord of traditions of Sweden on Saturday, June 22nd, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 23rd, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm on the corner of South Fourth & State Streets. Find Konst (art), Nöje (entertainment), Mat (food), and Gåvor (gifts) for the whole family!

Schedule

Saturday, June 22nd

10:00 am | Maypole

10:15 am | Swedish American Children’s Choir

11:30 am | Kubb (Viking Lawn Game Demonstration)

12:00 pm | Swedish Days Stories

3:00 pm | Swedish Folk Music

4:00 pm | Nordic Folk Dancers of Chicago

Sunday, June 23rd

11:00 am | Jaerv (Swedish Quintet)

12:00 pm | Chicago Spelmanslag (Folk Band)

Parade!

End the week of fun the 70th Annual Swedish Days Parade. The parade kicks off at 1:00 pm on Sunday, June 23rd, in downtown Geneva. Click HERE for the parade map so that you can find the best spot to see all the fun!

 

The Rullo Team cannot wait to see you all at the Swedish Days Festival 2019 in Geneva! This amazing community event is just one of many that take place throughout the year in the  FOX VALLEY! Follow us on FACEBOOK and check out our WEBSITE so you never miss out on the fun taking place in our cities!



Image Credit: City of Geneva

Spring Gardening Tips!

by The Rullo Team

The first day of summer is right around the corner! Add stunning curb appeal to your Fox River Valley home and create a peaceful space filled with fresh produce and beautiful flowers for your whole family to enjoy. Get your green thumb ready to follow these top tips for gardening success!

1. Map It Out

Start your garden off with a plan. Figure out the layout of your garden in terms of what plants look best near each other, the distance between each of them, where the sunlight hits, and more. The more you can plan out ahead of time, the better your garden will end up!

2. Begin Indoors

Get your plants started inside. All you need to do is fill containers with potting mix, moisten with water, and carefully add your seeds. Make sure to place in a warm spot of your home that receives 12 to 16 hours of daylight. Once your plants have gotten larger, you can transfer outdoors.

3. Prepare Your Soil

Make sure your soil is ready. Purchase a soil kit from your local home improvement store to learn its type and pH level. This information will help you determine what modifications your soil needs in order to grow the healthiest plants.

4. Start Planting ASAP

With our cold winters in the Fox River Valley, you want to make sure that you time out your planting properly so you start early enough to truly enjoy the plant throughout the warmer parts of the year.

5. Prune

Help stimulate plant growth and improve the look of your garden by pruning shrubs and trees. Just ensure that you are only pruning those plants that have bloomed on new growth from this year. If you prune plants that are still on last year's growth, you could cause irreparable damage to the plant.

6. Mulch

Save time in the future by adding several inches of mulch around your garden. Mulch moderates soil temperatures, saves water, reduce weeds, and wards of disease. When spreading out the mulch, be sure to water the soil before and after in order to keep the mulch a couple of inches away from your stems. Check out this Guide to Mulch Buying from the Chicago Tribune for more helpful information.

 


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Celebrate Your Dad in the Fox Cities!

by The Rullo Team

This Sunday, June 16th, is Father’s Day! Time to celebrate the dad in your life. No matter what your dad loves to do, there is something for everyone happening this weekend around the FOX RIVER VALLEY. Here are 7 fun ideas for you to show your dad how much you appreciate all that he does!

 

1) FATHER'S DAY BBQ. Treat your dad to a delicious BBQ on Father’s Day at Blackberry Farms in Aurora. After enjoying your lunch, explore the farm or participate in the fishing derby!

2) ST. CHARLES PADDLEWHEEL RIVERBOATS. Take in the beautiful Fox River aboard a Mark Twain era paddlewheel riverboat with your dad. This 50 minute tour will introduce you to the local history of our area. Embark this Sunday, June 16th, on the 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, or 5:00 pm cruises.

3) GOLF AT SETTLER'S HILL. Hit the links with dad at this favorite golf course in Batavia. This unique golf course nestled in a forest preserve showcases the natural beauty of our area. Enjoy quality time with dad outdoors as you work on your swing.

4) FISH ON THE FOX RIVER. Grab your fishing rods and your father and check out on of the many great fishing spots along the Fox River. Catch channel catfish and smallmouth bass as you and your dad enjoy the great outdoors.

5) SWIM AT SPLASH COUNTRY AND PHILLIPS PARK. Dad’s swim for free on Sunday at Splash Country Water Park and Phillips Park Aquatic Center when accompanied by one child. Beat the summer heat and have a day at the pool!

6) FATHER'S DAY BRUNCH AND DINNER. Take dad out for an upscale meal at Wildwood in Geneva (or his favorite spot in the Fox River Valley) on Father’s Day. Arrive between 10:00 am and 2:30 pm for an a la carte brunch featuring all of dad’s favorites. Or, come after 5:00 pm to enjoy dinner and check out the latest items on their menu.

7) ELGIN RIB FEST. Let dad indulge in some delicious ribs at the family friendly Elgin Rib Fest. Enjoy life music, carnival games, and delicious food all weekend, Friday through Sunday!    

 


A big thank you to the dads in our community for all that you do!


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