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How To Prep Your Fox River Valley Home For Thanksgiving!

by The Rullo Team

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching! If you are hosting the big feast at your Fox River Valley  home, now is the perfect time to prepare so you feel less stress as the day draws nearer. Along with planning out your delicious menu, get your home ready so all your guests will be comfy and happy this holiday!


1. Keep It Bright!

You know your home like the back of your hand but your guests don't. Make sure that everyone can safely navigate throughout your home no matter what time of day it is. Check that all outdoor lights are working. Add nightlights to hallways and in bedrooms and bathrooms that guests will be using.

2. Clear The Space!

Remove all unnecessary clutter to accomodate more people in your house. Store these items out of the way in closests and the basement. Make sure you have ample space on counters and tables for all of your food prep.

3. Say Welcome!

Create an amazing first impression for guests as they enter your home by focusing on the foyer. Add some welcoming touches for a festive, homey feel. At the same time, keep it functional for your guests. With the colder weather, you will need ample space for guests to place their coats, shoes, and gear.

4. Get Your Kitchen Ready!

Your kitchen will be the central hub of your home next week so make sure that it is ready to go before the cooking starts. Have all essential items easily accessible. Make it possible for guests to keep you company as you cook by creating a comfortable hang spot for them in the kitchen.

5. Feels Like Home!

If guests are spending the night, make sure that they will be as comfortable as possible. Stock up on warm bedding for them to use. Even if they aren't sleeping over, have spots throughout your home where they can relax since we all get tired after the big feast!

6. Stock Up!

Make sure that all essential items are available in your home's bathroom to account for your additional guests. Stock up on toilet paper, towels, and toiletries for them to use. Keep these items in spots that are easy for guests to locate when they are needed.



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Keep Your Pets Warm & Cozy This Winter!

by The Rullo Team

Temperatures are starting to plummet throughout the Fox River Valley. You always remember to bundle up yourself and your family to stay warm and healthy throughout the colder months. What about your pets, though? Despite their furry coats, dogs and cats are at just as much risk during the winter as we are. Make sure to keep your pets warm and cozy inside and outside of your home by following these winter pet care tips.



1. Create a special spot indoors for your pets to keep warm. Give them a cozy bed and their own blanket to cuddle up with.

 

2. Do not allow your dogs or cats to roam alone or sleep outside overnight.

 

3. Just as your shouldn't leave your pets alone in a car during the summer months, you should never leave pets in automobiles during the winter.

 

4. Unless your pet has an undercoat, you should put a sweater or coat on them before taking them outdoors.

 

5. Your pets' paws can easily get frostbite or irritated by salt. Protect their paws before heading outside by rubbing paw protectant onto their pads or placing booties on them.

 

6. Always keep your dog on a leash when going on walks during the winter. This season has the highest instance of lost dogs than any other time of year.

 

7. Make sure your cats and dogs are not exposed to antifreeze. Antifreeze tastes sweet to pets but is highly toxic and can be lethal when consumed. Always wipe up any antifreeze in your driveway or garage. Immediately contact your veterinarian if you believe your pet has ingested any antifreeze.

 

8. Keep a towel by the door so you can wipe your pets' paws as soon as coming back inside. It is very important to get all salt/de-icing materials, snow, and ice off of their paws as quickly as possible.

 

9. Check your pets for any signs of frostbite on their ears, paws, legs, and tail.

 

10. Just like our skin gets drier during the winter months, the same thing happens to our cats and dogs. Avoid dry, flaky skin by bathing your pets less frequently during the winter and using a moisturizing shampoo when you do bathe them.

 

11. Use a humidier in your home to help with your pets' overall health.

 

12. Make sure that pets cannot get close to any heaters or furnaces that could burn them.

 

13. Keep an emergency supply of pet food and medications in case you are unable to leave the house due to winter weather.

 


 

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Important Home Maintenance Tasks To Complete Before Winter!

by The Rullo Team

With winter right around the corner, now is the perfect time to take care of some maintenance around the house. Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape through the holiday season and into the new year by completing some tasks. Here are easy tasks to complete this month and keep your family healthy and cozy in your beloved home.

1. Give Your Wood Floors Some TLC. Winter can be the toughest season on your wood floors. Heating in your home can dry out the planks, resulting in cracks and shrinkage. Salt can scratch and stain the floors. There are several simple steps you can take to resolve these issues. Add a humidifier in your home to add moisture to the air. Sweep and mop the floors routinely to remove salt and buildup. Add rugs and mats in areas with a lot of foot traffic.

2. Prepare For Winter Storms. Winter weather will be here before we know it! That means freezing temperatures and percipitation. Keep shovels and snow gear close to the door so that you can easily access them when needed. Keep walkways cleared of snow and ice. Remove large snow piles, when the weather permits, from the roof and tree limbs to avoid costly damage.

3. Clean Your Oven. Your oven will see a lot of action. There is might be a lot of grease and grime built up. Use the self-cleaning function once a month if your oven has one. Create a paste of baking soda and water to scrub out the buildup in the oven. Once your oven is clean, you will be all set for the Thanksgiving and Christmas feasts you will soon be having!

4. Take Care Of Drafts. Hot air can be escaping from your home and increasing your energy bill. Pick up some door sweeps from your area home improvement store to all doors leading outside. Add weatherstripping around windows.

5. Remove Allergens. Indoor allergens increase during the colder months. Keep your family healthy all season by removing these issues. Dust throughout the house, particularly blinds and ceiling fans. Be sure to vacuum all carpeted areas regularly. Add an air purifier with HEPA filter to your home to remove particles from the air. Wash your bedding in hot water weekly and cover your mattress in a zippered allergen-resistant cover.

6. Complete A Property Inspection. Complete a property inspection before it gets too cold to be outside. This is important since it allows you the chance to catch major issues before they occur during the winter. Check the conditions of gutters, look for exposed pipes, and inspect windows and doors. Make sure to change out the batteries in the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Consider hiring a professional to complete the inspection to ensure that all potential issues are found.

7. Clean your Dryer Vent- Keeping your dryer vent clear of excess lint is critical to maintaining your machine and for preventing fires.



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Decorate Your Home For The Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

 

Time to get spooky! Get in the Halloween spirit and turn your St. Charles home into a frightful delight for the 2019 “Best in St. Charles” Gallery of Ghoulish Homes Tour!!!

 

Whether you participate in this favorite annual event our not, be sure to check out the spookiest homes in the Fox Valley area beginning Friday, October 18th, through Halloween night! See the best ghoulish displays every evening at dusk until 10:00 pm. Find the Free Home Tour Guide online HERE starting on opening night.

 

 

SPECIAL TOUR DATES

  • Preview Night | Friday, October 18th

    • Opening night and last chance for homeowners to make changes before judging.

  • Judging Night | Saturday, October 19th

    • Best night to see the homes! Judging by contest committee begins at dusk.

 

AWARD CATEGORIES

  • Eeriest Haunt (w/o actors)

  • Craftiest Creeper

  • Best Rookie

  • Best Actors (1-6 ghouls)

  • Best Actors (7+ ghouls)

  • Best Youth Actors (ages 18 & under)

  • Family Fun

  • Judges’ Favorite

  • People’s Choice (determined by online voting between October 20th and November 1st)

 

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

Register your home today! Fill out the entry form by 5:00 pm on October 13th. Contact Katie Miller at (630) 513-4390 for more information. The Halloween House Decorating Contest is open to all St. Charles residents along with those living within the St. Charles Park District’s boundaries.


 

HAPPY DECORATING!

 

Image Credit: St. Charles Park District

Find New Ideas & Inspiration at the Pheasant Run Home & Garden Show!

by The Rullo Team

Have some remodeling and rebuilding ideas for your Fox River Valley home? Do not miss the Pheasant Run Home & Garden Show!! Head over to Pheasant Run Resort Mega Center (4051 East Main Street, St. Charles) this weekend to find thousands of ideas and inspiration for your own home and talk to experts that can help make your plans a reality!

 

 

Whether you are fixing up your kitchen and bath, looking for gardening and landscaping ideas, improving your roofing and gutter systems, or any other home maintenance projects, you will find the best local contractors, repairmen, and tradesmen to work with. Come with your plans! Shop for all the items you could possibly need for your projects and get great deals! You will surely find something perfect for your home within the 40,000 square foot event!

 

 

The show will be held on Saturday, October 5th, and Sunday, October 6th, from 10:00 pm to 5:00 pm daily. Enjoy FREE Admission and FREE parking!


 

Homeowners can find additional information HERE to help you make the most of this spectacular Home & Garden show!

 

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Pheasant Run Home Show (Omni Media)

Get Your Fox River Valley Home Ready For Colder Temps!

by The Rullo Team

Winter might still seem like a distant prospect in our future (thank goodness!). However, as we approach the end of the year, the days will just keep getting colder. Get your Fox River Valley home ready for the upcoming cold season by starting to winterize now. You will be able to do any necessary work while it is still comfortable enough to do so AND it will keep you and your family toasty all cold season long while also saving you money on your energy costs! Focus on these elements of your home as the temperatures drop!

  • Energy Monitor - Install this helpful tool to learn where your home uses the most energy so you can easily discover ways to cut costs this upcoming winter.....and ALL year round!

  • Windows - Use a Window Insulation Kit to add an extra layer against the cold. Be sure to properly caulk around all windows to avoid warm air leaks and cold air drafts.

  • Doors - Once the temperature drops significantly, add a draft blocker underneath all outdoor doors. Be sure to caulk and weatherstrip as needed. Consider switching to a Storm Door for added energy efficiency.

  • Furnace - Change the filters to increase airflow and remove illness inducing irritants. Have the system professionally cleaned and adjusted. Save money in the long run by upgrading to an Energy Efficient Furnace. You will stay warm and keep your family healthy all season.

  • Fireplace - Hire a professional chimney sweep to come clean and inspect your chimney. Doing so now will ensure that you can get someone into your home before they go into their busy season and will keep you safe by removing any potential dangers that could occur the first time you light a fire this fall.

  • Insulation - Just as you do to go outside, your home needs to wear some added layers in the winter. Add insulation between walls, to the basement ceiling, and the attic floor. Also, wrap insulation around your pipes to avoid the costly issues caused by freezing pipes.

  • Thermostat - Keep heating costs low by turning down the heat whenever you leave the house. Also consider reducing the temperature by a couple degress and cuddling up with a warm blanket instead!

 

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As summer winds down, you want to make sure that your Fox River Valley home is in tip-top shape. Now is the perfect time to complete some easy but important home maintenance projects before the seasons start to change. Here are the top maintenance tasks that you should do around your home this month.

 

Complete Important Yearly Checks!

Now is a great time to complete those yearly maintenance tasks. Service and clean your HVAC system to keep it running properly throughout the rest of the year. Check all your fire/smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly. Clean out your chimney so you can safely keep your family warm during the colder months ahead.

 

Keep Pests Away!

Just as you will be start spending more time indoors, pests will try to as well. Avoid unwelcome house guests by checking for small and large holes around your house. Use caulking or netting to cover up. Do an inspection of your attic's insulation to make sure that there are no holes created by pests. Cover up those holes to avoid potential ice damage from occurring to your roof this upcoming winter.

 

Check The Exterior!

End of summer is the perfect time to do a thourough check of the outside of your home. Finding necessary repairs now will help save you stress and money as we head closer to winter. Clear gutters of fallen leaves and debris so water can properly move away from your home. Look for loose or missing shingles that need to be replaced. Make sure that all the caulking around doors and windows is adequate and repair as necessary. Remove debris and trim your vegetation so it can grow properly come the next year.

 

Winterize Your Irrigation System!

Check the manufacturer's instructions to winterize your irrigation/sprinkler season so that it remains protected during the colder months. You can continue to use your sprinklers during the final days of summer but consider putting them on a timer since we tend to experience more rainfall that can naturally hydrate your lawn and garden.

 

Safety First!

With increased precipitation and colder temperatures, icy weather will be here before we now it! Inspect the handrails and supports on your patios and decks to ensure that you and others have something to safely grab onto should you fall. Keep walkways clear of debris.



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Get Your Garden Ready For the Post-Summer Cool Down!

by The Rullo Team

As summer winds down, it is the perfect time to get your garden ready for the end of the year. Protect your Fox River Valley garden for the rest of 2019 by following these simple tasks!

 

Water

Your plants and trees will need lots of moisture in their roots to survive the colder months. Be sure to water them well over the next several months to ensure their survival.

Amend Your Soil

Till the soil and add compost to get the soil ready for next year.

Plant Fall Annuals

Keep your garden looking great well into fall by planting annuals that thrive in autumn, such as mums, kale, and pansies.

Add Shrubs and Evergreens

Plant shrubs and evergreens early in Fall to allow their roots to grow before the ground freezes.

Lower Your Lawn Mower

It is important to keep cutting your grass before the winter. Allow the soil to dry out quicker in the spring by keeping its cutting height low.

Clear Rose Beds

Remove fallen debris from roses from the bed since this foliage can cause diseases to thrive and will destroy your garden next year.

Divide Perennials

Rearrange your plants as you divide your perennials.

Remove Weeds

Make sure to take out all the weeds from your garden before you cannot get them out of the frozen ground.

Dig Up Annuals

Remove any dead annuals from your garden.

Save Summer Bulbs

If you loved some of your flowers from this year, dig up the bulbs and save them for next year.

Plant Bulbs

For bulbs that are hardy enough to survive the winter months, plant them at the beginning of fall so you will have beautiful blooms right away in spring.

Feed Your Lawn

Add important nutrients to your lawn so it remains healthy throughout the winter.

Rake & Mulch

Get rid of all fallen leaves from your yard and add mulch to your garden beds.

Protect Plants

Plants that cannot survive the colder temperatures should be protected. After the first freeze, place mulch or other protective coverings over them.

Force Bulbs Indoors

Plant some bulbs indoors so that they bloom early in the year and are ready to transfer to your garden as soon as the ground thaws.

Keep Container Plants Indoors

Make sure to remove pests and dead foliage from container plants and bring them indoors to protect them from the cold.

Empty Hoses and Other Watering Equipment

Be sure to remove all water from your hoses, irrigation systems, fountains, and other watering equipment before storing them in a dry place for the winter.


 

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Simple Chores To Complete After Moving In!

by The Rullo Team

There is always a lot of information and advice about Buying a home. What the process entails, when to do it, what you need, etc. But, after you close on the home and have your boxes packed and ready to go, what should you do? There are actually a few simple chores that you should always do once you move into your new home. You just made a major investment and you want to make sure it is in tip-top shape as you start to make it your own.  


Change Locks: In all reality, when you purchase a new home, you truly have no idea who all has keys to it. As soon as you move in, change all of the locks. You can either re-key or buy entirely new lock sets.

 

Check for Leaks: Other a home inspection has been completed, you still want to verify that there aren't any plumbing issues. Check for any leaks throughout the home. You want to handle these right away because they could lead to costly damage in the future if left unchecked.

 

Remove Pests: Hopefully, this is not an issue that you run into but you want to make sure you do not have any unwelcome "roommates" in your home. If you find pests, consider hiring a professional in order to complete eradicate the issue from the onset and give you peace of mind.

Inspect the HVAC System: Living in the Fox Valley, we know that we need our AC in the summer and our heat in the winter. Make sure you know how to use the HVAC system and that it is working properly throughout the home.

 

Update Lighting: The lighting throughout the house might not be your preference. As you start to settle in, determine how you prefer the lighting in each room and make changes accordingly, whether with overhead lights or accent lights.

Know the Circuit Breaker: If the previous owner did not do so, label the fuses in the circuit breaker. Figure out which ones control which rooms and mark accordingly so you can easily turn the power back on when needed.

 

Understand the Main Water Valve: We can get stormy weather in the Fox River Valley. Between this and plumbing emergencies, it might be necessary to turn off the main water valve from time to time. Find out whether it is located inside or outside of the home and know how to turn it off for these situations.

Clean the Carpets: Have a completely fresh start in the home by deep cleaning the carpets. Rent a steam cleaner or hire a professional to handle. Although the carpets might appear clean, this will give you the peace of mind that your home is sparkly and new.

 

 

If you are looking to BUY, work with The Rullo Team to help you find your dream home in the Fox River Valley. Give our team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

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!


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