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The Smells That Sell...

by The Rullo Team

Has your agent suggested that you bake some cookies before potential buyers come visit your home?  There are those who will argue that aromas like freshly baked cookies, pumpkin pie and spices give the buyer the impression of being at home.  There is a new study on the effects of aromas that shows that complex smells like baked goods may be likely to dampen enthusiasm for a fast sale for top dollar.  The study suggests that a simple scent, such as orange, basil or pine, is easier to process and less of a distraction and that shoppers may even tend to spend more.

Scents also need to fit the home.  Match pine and cedar with a mountain home, not a beach house.  Ask yourself “What scent will buyers associate with this environment?”

If you are still a big believer in baked goods, though, make sure you don’t burn the cookies!

For more information, see the full article at http://homes.yahoo.com/news/smells-that-sell-a-house----and-those-that-don-t-195956564.html

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in our area please contact a real estate professional with The Rullo Team.

Fox Valley Antiques Show

by The Rullo Team

The 56th Spring Fox Valley Antiques Show presents “Blooming Antiques” Sponsored by Garfield Farm Museum

Kane County Fair Grounds, 525 S Randall Rd, St. Charles, IL 60174.

March 9 & 10, 2013, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 10-4

Admission $8 ($2 off coupon on website)

Presented by The Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealer Association (CSADA), this quality show will offer genuine antiques beautifully displayed in room settings by 57 dealers from 14 states. Hundreds of items for sale: 18th and 19 century furniture, textiles, jewelry, stoneware, folk art and related items.

Catered lunch is available and there is plenty of free parking. Admission fee benefits local historical and educational endeavors. To preview a sample of available items, see the list of dealers and watch video from previous shows, visit www.csada.com

If you would like any information on local real estate, visit our website at www.therulloteam.com.

Woodburning Fireplace Maintenance

by The Rullo Team

Days like today make you want to curl up with a book in front of the fireplace.  First, to eliminate any worries, read below to ensure that your 'woodburning experiences' are relaxing and safe.

Fireplace Safety Issues
When you're buying a home, make sure the inspector checks the fireplace and chimney.  After you've moved in, have the fireplace cleaned and inspected annually.
 
Checking Chimney Caps
Make sure your chimney cap is not missing or damaged.  This keeps rain, birds, animals and debris from entering the chimney.

Inspect The Chimney
The professionals will be able to check Masonry chimneys by examining the inside and outside to make sure the mortar is intact. They will check Metal chimneys for dented, rusted metal or missing screws at joints.

Watch for Formation of Creosote, Soot and Creosote Glaze
Creosote is a flammable substance that is hard, dark, and crustlike. It is produced during incomplete combustion of wood. Minimize by burning dry hardwoods and keep the fire hot so that the wood burns more completely.

Soot is a flammable deposit, dark in color but softer than creosote. Most chimney sweeps recommend cleaning when soot deposits reach 1/8-inch in depth.
 
Creosote Glaze is a shiny, tar-like product and is flammable, and usually difficult to fully remove.
 
Smoke
If there's smoke in the house, and you've eliminated chimney debris, make sure the damper is open. If lots of smoke is coming out the chimney, it means that wood isn't burning completely.

Enjoy, relax and be safe!

If you are interested in more information about the benefits of home ownership in our area please contact a real estate professional with The Rullo Team.

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