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Top Benefits for Buying this Month!

by The Rullo Team

If buying a new home was on your list of goals for 2019, do not delay! Although winter is generally not considered a prime time to buy a new home, all indicators for the year show that it is the great time to buy. Find your dream home in the Fox River Valley now! Here are the top ways you will benefit buy buying your new home this month!


You will have higher savings!

Home prices in prime buying months (i.e. Spring and Summer) will increase. That means that you can enjoy significant savings on the price of the home by buying now instead of waiting for the weather to warm up!


 

Lock in a lower interest rate!

Just as you will save money on the price of the home, you will also likely enjoy a lower interest rate buy purchasing now. It is unknown exactly how interest rates will change during this new year, though most indicators show there will be an increase before the end of 2019. Lock in a lower rate today to save on your monthly payments!


 

You will have less competition in the market!

Winter is not a popular time to move in Illinois. With cold weather and snow, moving your belongings can be a hassle! That does not mean it should deter you though. In fact, since everyone feels that way, there are less buyers in the market in January. At the same time, there tends to be around the same amount of inventory. This means less competition from buyers which can result in a better deal for you as sellers are more willing to negotiate.



If you are interested in taking advantage of this prime month to Buy your new home, give the Rullo Team a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/.

 

Bundle Up Your Home From The Cold!

by The Rullo Team

Winter is officially here! Our days are filled with cold temperatures and snowfalls. Keep your Fox River Valley home toasty all season long while saving money on your energy costs! Focus on these elements of your home as we enter the coldest months of winter!

  • Energy Monitor - Install this helpful tool to learn where your home uses the most energy so you can easily discover ways to cut costs.

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

  • Doors - 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. keep your family healthy all season.

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

  • 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!

 

For additional helpful home owner’s tips, check out our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/!


Great Home Maintenance Tasks To Tackle This Winter!

by The Rullo Team

Winter Home MaintenanceWith the cold weather outside, December is the perfect time to take care of some maintenance around the house. Keep your Fox River Valley home in tip top shape this winter and all year round 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 is here for the next few months. That means freezing temperatures and percipitation. Keep shovels and snow fear 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. During the holidays, your oven sees a lot of use. There is likely 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.

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 winter. 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. Brave the cold weather and complete a home inspection in the winter. This is important since major issues are more likely to take place during this season. Check the conditions of gutters, look out for frozen 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.

 


Contine to check The Rullo Team's website for more helpful home maintanence tips throughout the year!

Get Festive Ideas For Your Home During the Geneva Holiday House Tour!

by The Rullo Team

It’s almost time for one of the favorite holiday traditions in Geneva........the annual Holiday House Tour! Tour 5 exquisite homes in Geneva that have been artfully decorated with festive holiday cheer on December 7th and 8th. Find inspiration for decorating and entertaining in your own Fox River Valley after seeing these homes beautifully brimming with boughs of holly and the Christmas spirit.

 Although this event is still a little bit away, tickets sell out every year! Do not miss out on your opportunity to see some of the most stunning home holiday decorations by purchasing your tickets today!!!

 

*FEATURED HOMES*

Home of Jon & Chris Barr Family

228 North 4th Street

Decorated by The Little Traveler (630-232-4200)

Home of Carmi & Ed Bonifas

563 Creekside Drive

Decorated by SG Geneva/Scentimental Gardens (630-232-1303) and Plandscape, Inc. (630-365-2558) with contributor All Chocolate Kitchen (630-232-2395)

Home of Mindy & Dan DeVito

1309 Cooper Lane

Decorated by Heinz Brothers Greenhouse Garden Center (630-377-6288)

Home of Jim & Kathy Coe Mizgalski

426 Maple Lane

Decorated by bb Interiors (630-262-9400) and Avant Gardenia (630-999-3030)

Santacaterina Family Home

616 Fulton Street

Decorated by Gatherings By Design (630-880-8792) and Plandscape, Inc. (630-365-2558)

Tickets are $35 per person and include the home tour, traditional holiday tea at the First Congregational Church (327 Hamilton Street) on Friday from 10:30 am to 6:00 pm or on Saturday from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm, and a keepsake booklet with holiday decorating and entertaining ideas.

 

Ways To Order

Online HERE

Phone at (630)232-6060

Mail by filling out the form HERE and sending to:

Geneva Chamber Christmas House Tour

8 South Third Street

Geneva, IL 60134

In person at any of the following locations (Cash or Check only):

GENEVA CHAMBER (8 South Third Street)

bb INTERIORS (600 South First Street)

CITY OF GENEVA (22 South First Street)

COCOON (212 South Third Street)

COUNTRY NATURALS (316 Campbell Street)

HEINZ BROTHERS GREENHOUSE GARDEN CENTER (2010 East Main Street, St. Charles)

ROCKY MOUNTAIN CHOCOLATE FACTORY (1308 Commons Drive)

THE LITTLE TRAVELER (404 South Third Street)

SG GENEVA/SCENTIMENTAL GARDENS (428 West State Street)



Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce

How To Find The Perfect School For Your Little One!

by The Rullo Team

Ready to buy a home new home? There are many things to consider as you begin your Fox River Valley area home search. Consider size, architectural style, amenities, outdoor space, and location. If you have a family or are planning for one, one of the most important factors is local schools. You want to make sure you set your children up for success with a quality education.

 

There are so many excellent school districts in the Fox River Valley area!

Indian Prairie Community Unit School District 204 | Homes for Sale

Geneva Community Unit School District 304 | Homes for Sale

St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 | Homes for Sale

Batavia Public School District 101 | Homes for Sale

Oswego Community Unit School District 308 | Homes for Sale


When it comes to what schools within these districts are the best of the best, you will need to do a little schoolwork on your own! There are several factors to consider when determining the quality of schools. Look beyond test scores. Although this information is helpful, it does not always provide the best indicator of schools quality. Explore websites like GreatSchools.org, Niche.com, and U.S. News & World Report for great unbiased data and rankings of local schools. Check out each school's website to learn about awards or recognitions received. Do not be afraid to reach out to the schools to ask further questions and request a site visit. Seeing the school in person and meeting with the staff can help you determine whether the school would be the right fit for your child.

 

 

Once you find the perfect school with you, work with an experienced realtor to find the perfect home for you within the school's boundaries. Give The Rullo Team a call today or visit our website http://www.therulloteam.com/ to get started today!

 


 

Mark Your Calendars for Holiday Homecoming!

by The Rullo Team

Kick off the start of the holiday season at the Fox River Valley’s favorite festive celebration: Holiday Homecoming!!! Head to beautiful downtown St. Charles on Friday, November 23rd and Saturday, November 24th for a jolly good time. The weekend is filled with tons of family-friendly activities. The best part…..it is all FREE! Enjoy carols, seasonal treats, sleigh rides, and more with family, friends, and neighbors just in time for the holidays.


Friday, November 23rd: Be there for the Lighting of the Lights! Our very own Mayor Ray Rogina will help light up 1st Street Plaza. As the plaza becomes illuminated in festive splendor, enjoy an appearance by Santa and holiday carols starting at 5:00 pm.

 

Saturday, November 24th: Enjoy a full day of holiday cheer in downtown St. Charles. Head to the Arcada Theatre (105 East Main Street) for a special screening of the holiday classic Home Alone at 10:00 am, with doors opening at 9:00 am. Take a Horse-Drawn Sleigh Ride on 1st Street from 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm. Tell Santa what you want for Christmas by visiting Santa’s House in the plaza between 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm. Check out the spectacular Live Holiday Window Displays on Main and 1st Streets from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Finish the day by enjoying the always incredible Electric Christmas Parade on Main Street (between 6th Street & 4th Avenue), starting at 5:30 pm.



The Rullo Team wishes you a jolly good time at this year’s Holiday Homecoming in downtown St. Charles!



Image Credit: City of St. Charles

 

Look Closely For These Things When Inspecting A Home!

by The Rullo Team

Looking to Buy your dream Fox Valley home this Fall? 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 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. Look closely for these warning signs that may be indicative of the home’s structural problems.

 

 

  • 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. 

 

 

Once you know what issues to look out for, you can discuss with the home inspector before you proceed with buying the home. 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 for you this season!

Selling your Fox River Valley home? Help drive your offer prices up and make your home stand apart from the competition by making your listing look more expensive! Add some elegant touches to help increase the apparent value of your home! Follow these simple tips and your home will be sold in no time!

1. Paint Color. Clean up the appearance of your home by applying a fresh coat of paint throughout. Choose a neutral color that will appeal to all buyers. Add elegance by selecting one with a slight sheen.

2. Declutter. Eccentuate the space within your home and highlight your home's best architectural features by removing all clutter and unnecessary items that could be distracting for buyers.

3. Kitchen Appliances. Higher end homes have kitchens with brightly colored or stainless steel appliance. Upgrade yours before selling.

4. Fixtures. Help bring your home into the modern era by replacing all outdated lighting and plumbing fixtures, as well as hardware.

5. Crown Molding. Add crown molding to the living and dining rooms for instant elegance.

6. Window Treatments. Let ample light in to make your home look big and bright. Update window treatments to solid colored blinds, drapes, or shades.

7. Garage Door. Your garage door takes up a lot of real estate on the outside of your home. Get a great return on investment by updating the door to own that looks more expensive. We recommend a wood door with carriage home details.

For more helpful tips or assistance in Selling your home, give The Rullo Team  a call today or visit our website at http://www.therulloteam.com/!

Reference: inman

Mark Your Calendars for the Kane County Fair!

by The Rullo Team

Mark your calendars for the Fox River Valley’s top rated summer event…..the Kane County Fair and Festival!! Celebrate the fair’s 150th year on Wednesday, July 18th, through Sunday, July 22nd, at the Kane County Fairgrounds (525 South Randall Road, St. Charles). There is something for everyone on the Midway! Enjoy free music concerts daily at the Miller Lite Sound Stage. Dine on some classic festival food. Take a spin on some of the amusement rides or win prizes playing carnival games. Check out all of the amazing local vendors and exhibits. Children will love the Kiddy Land, magic shows, racing pigs, petting zoo, obstacle course, and much more! For additional excitement, head over to the Grandstand to watch several different special events! Here is all the information you need to make the most of your time at the Kane County Fair and Festival!

Miller Lite Sound Stage Schedule

Thursday, July 19th

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Sunday, July 22nd

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

Grandstand Schedule   

Thursday, July 19th

  • 7:00 pm | Monster Truck Show

    • Admission: $10 per person

Friday, July 20th

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Saturday, July 21st

  • 7:30 pm | Professional Championship Bull Riders & Championship Barrel Racing

    • Admission: $14 per adult | $7 per child | FREE for ages under 5

Sunday, July 23rd

  • 2:00 pm & 6:00 pm | Smash Em Bash Em Demolition Derby

    • Admission: $10 per person

**Tickets for shows sold at Grandstand each night starting at 6:00 pm. Discounted tickets for the Friday and Saturday shows available at 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 12:00 am

Saturday | 12:00 pm to 12:00 am

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!**

 


The Rullo Team wishes everyone an amazing time at the 2018 Kane County Fair!!


Have A Rockin' Summer in 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


Image Credit: Park District

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