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Great Fall Landscaping Trends for Your Fox River Valley Home!

by The Rullo Team

Fall in the Fox Valley is a spectacular time of year! The beautiful colors of orange, red, yellow and more add much needed color to the cooler months. If you're looking to sell your home, or just add a little 'spice' to your landscape, check out these great Fall Landscaping Trends!


 

1. Modern Fireplace Features that incorporate Technology


 

2. Contemporary Groupings for Fall's favorite plants- Chrysanthemums, sunflowers, mums and the ambiance of the natural colors of the leaves on the trees!


 

3. Create areas for Entertaining with choice lighting- Pendant lights and hanging old fashioned light strands give your area great atmosphere appeal.


 

4. Utilize Natural Elements- Porcelain tiles, metal fixtures and a collage of floral pots, hanging lanterns and great outdoor organic rugs in the colors of the season.


 

For more homeowner & seller tips, visit our website: www.therulloteam.com

 

 

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 www.niche.com, 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 niche.com:

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 niche.com   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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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:

1. DO NOT TAKE YOUR PET TO THE FIREWORKS DISPLAY!!

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!

The Rullo Team receives Outstanding Achievement Recognition!

by The Rullo Team

Alex Rullo, Broker with RE/MAX All Pro in St. Charles, was recently awarded for his sales performance through April 2018.  Out of over 2,300 sales associates in the Northern Illinois Region, Alex and The Rullo Team are ranked #8.

 

Alex and his wife Vicky, also a RE/MAX Realtor, have consistently placed in the Top 1% of All Realtors Nationally. Rullo is a charter member of the RE/MAX Hall of Fame. He has also earned the coveted Circle of Legends Award, the Chairman’s Award, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is the equivalent of three Hall of Fame Awards.

 

Alex, Vicky and their Team, which includes Buyer Specialists Sandy Selander and Adam Rullo, provide their clients with the highest level of service by offering a group of professionals with experience and cutting-edge skills. Along with Client Care Coordinator Denise Huelskamp and Special Project Manager Kristi Capo, The Rullo Team is able to provide their clients with the highest level of service.  They can be reached at 630.513.1771 or [email protected] or visit their website at www.therulloteam.com to view any home in the USA

Holiday Fun

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

And there is no shortage of exciting events to attend in the Fox Valley area! Our earlier post told you about the Holiday Homecoming event in St. Charles, but Batavia AND Geneva have some holiday fun planned as well.

Celebration of Lights Festival takes place on Sunday, November 27th from 4-7 at the Batavia Riverwalk located at 151 Island Avenue, Batavia and the admission is free!

Free hayrides (with food or $1 cash donation directly benefitting the Batavia Food Pantry), Holiday Craft Market, free roasted chestnuts, community sing-a-long and the arrival of SANTA! Mayor Schielke will light the ceremonial Christmas tree and much, much more!

For more information please go to http://www.bataviaparks.org

 

Geneva Christmas Walk

The festivities begin at the courthouse square on Friday, December 2nd at 6 pm with the arrival of Santa Lucia, Santa lighting the great tree and so much more! Don’t miss the Christmas Walk House Tour and a full weekend of events with something for everyone. This is Geneva at its finest!! You can also visit Santa on Friday evening and on Saturdays and Sundays visit Santa and take a complimentary carriage ride throughout the Christmas season.

For more complete schedule of events and House tour ticket information please go to

http://www.genevachamber.com

 

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in the Fox Valley Area please contact a real estate professional with the Rullo Team.

Antique Shopping in the Fox Valley

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

Finding Antiques in the Fox Valley…

Did you love antiques? If you do, you are in luck because the Fox Valley is a great place to hunt for such treasures. Antiques are great way to add a personal touch to your home, but also repurposing furniture and household items is good for the environment. Here are a few to check out:

 

Kane County Antique and Flea Market

Located at the Kane County Fair Grounds on the first Sunday and preceding Saturday of every month from March to December, this Flea Market has a just about everything you are looking for.

525 S. Randall Road, St. Charles

www.kanecountyfleamarket.com

 

Amazing Grace Antiques

Inside a historic home in Elburn, Amazing Grace is filled with affordable treasures, inside and out! You will enjoy the friendly hometown welcome when you arrive, and are sure to leave with a special item!

401 N. Main Street (Route 47), Elburn

630.365.2006, www.amazingraceantiques.dabz/

 

Bee Attitudes Antiques

Situated on the corner of Route 31 and Wilson Street in a historic home from 1886 called Gammon Corner, this shop has a wonderful variety of antiques! Set against the Victorian interior of the former home, this shop contains 8 dealers that have anything from furniture to silverware and everything in between.

Rt. 31 & Wilson Street, Batavia

630.761.0813

Illinois Schools Rank in the Top 15 in the Country!

by The Rullo Team

It’s almost time to head back to school! The quality of the local school districts within a state helps strengthen the local economy, improve home values, and creates a sense of pride. We are happy to announce that our state has made the grade.......Illinois was ranked as the #13 state with the best school districts in the country!!!


To determine the rankings, financial website Wallethub compared all 50 states and the District of Columbia and looked at two key dimensions, School System Quality and School System Safety. Within these dimensions, 17 metrics were used to evaluate the scores. These metrics included factors such as student to teacher ratio, standardized test scores, dropout rate, percentage of certified teachers, school safety, and disciplinary incident rates. Illinois came out at the top of the class! Not only did our state rank 13th for the overall score, but the School System Quality ranking was the 14th best in the country! Our students continue to excel academically, earning the HIGHEST average SAT scores of all the states!


Our local Fox River Valley school districts are stand outs amongst the state’s great school districts, according to Niche.


Indian Prairie Community Unit School District No. 204  ranks #7 in Illinois! This school district has an average graduation rate of 99%! It ranked 5th overall in the state for college readiness and 6th for best teachers! Current Homes for Sale in Aurora.


Geneva Community Unit School District No. 304 ranks #14 in Illinois! This school district received high grades for academics, teachers, clubs & activities, and health & safety! Current Homes for Sale in Geneva.


St. Charles Community Unit School District No. 303 came in at #20 (Current Homes for Sale in St. Charles) and Batavia Unified School District No. 101 at #30 in Illinois (Current Homes for Sale in Batavia). Both of these school districts are recognized for having excellent academics, teachers, and administrations.


Get your child on the path to academic success by enrolling them in one of these fantastic school districts today!


Congrats to Illinois and our local Fox Valley school districts for your recognition and for proving why there is no better place to call home!!!

Upcoming Events in Geneva, St. Charles, Batavia IL

by The Rullo Team

Summer may be winding down but there are still plenty of great events to enjoy in the Fox River Valley. This weekend is filled with exciting, family fun activities. Here is a list of the local events that we recommend for this first weekend in August.  

 

Thursday, August 4th

Concerts in the Park: 7:00 pm at Lincoln Park Gazebo in St. Charles. Grab your blanket and pick your spot in the park to watch the entertaining Wild Daisy band perform. This great Chicagoland band will have you dancing the night away to country music. Your family will love their high energy performance.

 

Movies in the Park: 8:30 pm at Island Park in Geneva. Bring the whole family to see the classic film The Goonies under the stars. Children and adults will love this adventure film from 1985. Concessions will be available for purchase during the screening.

 

Friday, August 5th

Remembering Prince with "The Purple Xperience": 8:00 pm at Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. Honor this legend of rock n roll with a special tribute concert by Minnesota band The Purple Xperience. This five-piece band features Doctor Fink, a Grammy award winning artist for his work on the film Purple Rain. This concert will surely be an amazing event.

 

Saturday, August 6th

11th Annual Festival of Flight: 9:00 am till dusk at the Fox Valley Aero Club in St. Charles. Marvel at a variety of aircraft at this great annual event. Have the opportunity to get up close to the airplanes and talk to the pilots who fly them. Set up your lawn chairs to watch the two spectacular air shows, occurring at noon and 9:00 pm. Tickets are $5.00 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE.    

 

Kane County Flea Market: Noon to 5:00 pm at Kane County Fairgrounds in St. Charles. Kicking off its 49th year, hit up the Kane County Flea Market to find some collectibles and antiques from 1,000 different dealers. Admission is $5 for adults and children 12 and under are FREE.

 

Sunday, August 7th

Durant House Museum Pickling Party: 1:00 to 4:00 pm at The Durant House Museum in St. Charles. Learn a new skill at this great local museum. Pioneers in the 19th century preserved their food by pickling. See the pickling techniques in action and have the opportunity to ask questions so that you can preserve your own food at home. The event costs $3 for adults and $1 for children. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour the house.


Shakespeare on Clark at the Centre: 7:00 pm in the courtyard at the Batavia Fine Arts Center. Enjoy a live performance outdoors of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Everyone in the family will love this 90 minutes of classic entertainment.

 

Congrats! You’ve decided to sell your house in the FOX VALLEY  area! After all the years of love in your home, though, you want to make sure that you get the most for it. All homes go through wear and tear that mightnot be noticeable to you over the years but will surely stand out to potential home buyers. In order to make the best sale for you and your family, you need to decide what repairs and upgrades should be done before listing your home on the market. It is important to go through each room with a critical eye and see what fixes are necessary.  

Selling your home and negotiating the sale can be a daunting process but you do not need to go through it alone! A great Real Estate Team to assist you along the way. When deciding what fixes should be made, your real estate agent can provide you with crucial help. They will know what changes are absolutely necessary before placing your home on the market and what can be negotiated in the final deal.  

There are several simple things you can do that won’t cost an arm and a leg and will help your home look its best! We have great suggestions on ways that you can maximize your sale. Here are the Top 9 Home Repairs or Upgrades to Make Before Selling Your Fox River Valley Home!

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint – The fastest and cheapest way to make your home look inviting to potential home buyers is adding a fresh coat of paint.Go through your home to see which rooms really need it. It is not necessary to repaint every room home. For the ones in need of some sprucing, choose light, neutral colors that will appeal to everyone. Also, make sure to remove all wallpaper! Wallpaper can be a great accent to any room but everyone’s tastes are different. By removing the wallpaper and using light paint colors, the new owners have total flexibility in how they want to make the home their own.

Fill in Nail Holes and Cracks – This one may seem obvious but you should fill in all nail holes and cracks. This simple fix will help any room appear new and will avoid buyers feeling like they have a lot of work that needs to be completed. Spackle the holes and cracks, sand it, and add a fresh coat of paint.

 Provide Adequate Lighting – Lighting throughout your home can have it looking its best. Make sure that all of the rooms in your home have adequate lighting. Replace any outdated light fixtures. Ensure that all lights and switches probably work. If needed, fix any potential electrical issues that might kill the sale. Along with lighting, natural light is very important. Use light drapes on the windows that allow for maximum sunlight to come in and really make the room shine!

Hardwood Floors – Hardwood floors are attractive to potential buyers. These floors can also take a beating over the years. You do not need to spend a ton of money replacing the floors though! Make the floors look brand new refinishing or polishing them! 

 Kitchen – The kitchen is truly one of the most important rooms in the home and is something that buyers definitely make decisions based off of. Full kitchen remodels are expensive and not necessary when selling your home. It is important, however, to make some simple fixes to make the kitchen look its best. Be sure to refresh the paint and replace any outdated or broken fixtures. If necessary, refinish or paint the cabinets. Granite and marble countertops can help sell your home. If there is money in your budget, replace the countertops to automatically make your home more attractive. Before showing your home, make sure that your kitchen is clean and uncluttered.

Bathrooms – Like the kitchen, the bathrooms in a house can make or break a deal. You want it to look brand new! The first step is a deep cleaning. Scrub the grout and replace any missing tiles. Fix or replace any plumbing issues. Ensure that the lighting in the bathroom is bright.

Maintain Appliances – Make sure that all appliances currently in the home are functional. Appliances are an added bonus for home buyers, but no one wants the stress of knowing they are going to have to be soon 

replaced. Provide any warranties for the appliances to your real estate agent. By having functional appliances, you are showing pride in your home.

Functionality – Along with functional appliances, make sure that everything else in your home is in working order. Replace broken doorknobs and locks. Have a creaky door? Remove the squeak by applying WD-40 or a natural oil to the hinges. If your home has a garage, make sure that the garage door is properly working.

Exterior – Now that the interior of your home is looking its best, it’s time to tackle the outside! After all, the exterior of your home is the first thing that buyers will see. You want your home to look like you take pride in it! We often get storms in Illinois that can cause wear and tear on the outside of the home. Repaint or replace broken siding. Refinish porches, patios, and fences. Keep the landscaping clean and attractive. You want the buyers to be excited to see the rest of your home as soon as they arrive.

For more helpful Home Selling Tips, give The Rullo Team a call at (630) 513-1771 or check out or website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

4th of July Events in the Fox Valley!

by The Rullo Team

 

The Fourth of July is almost here! There are exciting family-friendly events going on this holiday throughout the Fox Valley that we wanted to share with you! Head on down to one of our great communities for some live entertainment, kids activities, delicious food, and, of course, spectacular fireworks displays!

AURORA

Fourth of July Parade

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

Where: Downtown Aurora

Cost: FREE!

Watch patriotic floats and bands perform as the parade makes its way through beautiful downtown Aurora.

 

Aurora’s Fourth of July Celebration

When: Monday, July 4th | 6:15 – 10:00 pm

Where: RiverEdge Park

Cost: FREE!

Get in the patriotic spirit by listening American classics performed by the Aurora American Legion Band and the Fox Valley Orchestra. Afterward, enjoy a spectacular fireworks display.

 

ST. CHARLES

4th of July Concert and Fireworks

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

Where: Pottawatomie Park (8 North Ave.)

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: Monday, July 4th | 9:00 pm

Where: Prairie Point Community Park (4120 Plainfield Road)

Cost: FREE!

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

 

BATAVIA

4th of July Sky Concert

When: Monday, July 4th

Where: Engstrom Park

Cost: FREE!

Marvel at Batavia’s celebrated Sky Concert, themed this year as “Flag and Country” to celebrate our flag’s 100th anniversary. Before the display, listen to performances by cover band We’re Not and the Batavia Community Band.

Celebrate America’s 240th birthday at one of these amazing events in the Fox River Valley!

The Rullo Team wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

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