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Find The Perfect Fox River Valley Home For Your Family!

by The Rullo Team

Room for a nursery? Check. Good school district? Check. Home buyers with kids (or who hope to have kids soon) know to look for properties with certain kid-friendly characteristics ... but do you know all the things you should check? Home buyers with kids have several things that they always keep in mind when they begin searching for a home. These include location within a great school district, room for your family to grow, and safety of the neighborhood. But, what about those things that are overlooked that could make a home less conducive for everyone in your family. If you are a parent and are in the market for a new home in the Fox River Valley, consider these 8 factors as you begin your search!


1. Open Floor Plan

If you have younger children, an open floor plan allows you to keep your kids in sight while you are taking care of other things, such as preparing dinner, in your home. Look for homes that have the family room, dining room, and kitchen open. Even as your kids get older and start using the basement or bonus room more, this open space will still be a perfect spot to gather together as a family throughout the day.

 

2. Placement of Bedrooms

Not only do you want to make sure your new home has enough bedrooms for everyone in your family, but you should also consider where those bedrooms are placed within the home. Decide whether you want to have all of the bedrooms located on the same floor so you can always hear what is happening in your children's bedrooms OR if you prefer the master bedroom on the first floor for some privacy.


3. Hot Items

Think about areas of the home that could get hot and potentially burn your children if touched. Radiators (though mostly found in older homes) can be hot to the touch. In addition, the glass over gas fireplaces can also become so hot that one could be burned if they accidently touch it. Make sure that you take necessary precautions if you have younger children in the home.


4. View of the Backyard

As important as it is to have a back yard for your children to play it, it is just as important to have an easy sightlight to that backyard from inside your home. This will allow you to keep an eye on your children as you do chores within the home.


5. Flat Yard

If your lot is too steep, it can make playing difficult and even dangerous for your children. Find a yard that is flat so your kids can safely play all that they want to.


6. Neighbors

Try to find out who the neighbors are in the area. Your children's safety should always be at the top of your mind when picking a new house.


7. Sidewalks

Even if you make sure not to move onto a street that has too much traffic, it can still be dangerous for kids to play and walk around outside if there aren't sidewalks in the area.


8. Walkability

Along with sidewalks, buyers with kids should pick out a home that is close to amenities. Make your life more convenient by moving to a spot that has parks, schools, restaurants, and stores within walking distance.



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 here to help you find a home that perfectly fits the needs of you and your children.

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.



Keep your Fox River Valley in top working order no matter the season by checking out The Rullo Team's Website and following us on Facebook throughout the year!

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 Geneva Concours d'Elegance!

by The Rullo Team

The Fox River Valley is the perfect spot for car enthusiasts! Throughout the summer, there are incredible car shows in the area for owners of classic cars and community members that love to admire them. St. Charles Cruise Nites takes place several Tuesday evenings on Riverside Avenue and every Thursday evening features the Geneva Classic Car Show at the Kane County Courthouse. Along with these fun recurring events, the ultimate car show every year is the Geneva Concours d’Elegance, which will be shifting into gear on Sunday, August 25th!


 


Head to Third Street (from State to South Street) in downtown Geneva for the 2019 Geneva Concours d'Elegance! On Sunday, August 25th, hundreds of classic car enthusiasts from around the country will meet in Geneva to marvel at a stunning collection of antique, classic, exotic, modern, and race cars. This year’s Concours will celebrate the 100th birthday of the Bentley Motor Car Company and celebrate the Diamond Anniversary of the Sports Car Club of America. Celebrate the artistic and engineering heritage of the automobile in American culture in beautiful downtown Geneva. Car show participants can register starting at 7:00 am on Fulton & South Second Street. Judging occurs at 9:00 am and the Awards Ceremony will be held at 3:00 pm on Franklin & South Third Street. The Geneva Concours d’Elegance is a FREE event and is open to the public between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm.


There are other Special Events occurring for the Geneva Concours d’Elegance on Saturday, August 24th. Tour at J.A. Air Center Aurora Airport (Sugar Grove) at 10:00 am. Enjoy beautiful classic cars and airplanes as you explore the center. A catered lunch will be provided under the canopy. The cost is $45 per person. Treat yourself to Cocktails & Candlelight Dinner at Dunham Woods Riding Club (Wayne) at 6:00 pm. Drive up to the event in style in your classic car and enjoy an evening with participants and car lovers. The cost is $100 per person. Reserve your spot for either or both of these fantastic events by filling out the Ticket Order Form HERE!


No matter what your hobby or passion, the Fox River Valley is the perfect place to pursue what you love! Search Current Fox River Valley Homes For Sale to find your next dream home today!


Image Credit: City of Geneva

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.


 

Check The Rullo Team's website for more helpful home maintenance and landscaping tips for every season of the year!

Our fabulous Featured Homes for August!

by The Rullo Team

WOW!  Take a look at these incredible featured homes for August!

It's a great time to buy your dream home!

3N063 CAMPTON WOODS DRIVE, CAMPTON HILLS, IL

$1,450,000

5 Bedrooms/ 8 Full & 2 Half Baths/ 10,103 SqFt

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You will never have to leave this very special estate on 4+ wooded acres with in-ground pool & cabana, tennis court, playground... Enjoy the walking & golf cart paths, & bridges to view nature's year round amazing views! Dream kitchen w/granite & marble counters, Thermador Stainless Steel appliances, custom cabinetry, dinette with fireplace opens to multi-level decks & magnificent yard! Master bedroom suite with fireplace, luxurious his & her bathrooms & 3rd floor loft - 5th bedroom has adjacent bonus room with fireplace... All bedrooms are spacious & each with en-suite bath!! Family room with floor to ceiling fireplace, opens to 4 season sunroom with walls of windows... Richly paneled den with wet bar & bath... Finished deep pour walk-out basement with radiant heated floors, fireplace, rec areas, wet bar, 2 full baths... 5+ car garage with radiant heated floors... Exquisite moldings & detail throughout... Spectacular views from every window... Spacious yet very comfortable livable rooms & a flowing floor plan that is perfect for any lifestyle!!

 

37W171 CRANE ROAD, ST. CHARLES, IL

$824,900

4 Bedrooms/ 5.5 Baths/ 7,200 SqFt

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Custom original owner all brick home on an incredible 5-acre estate lot! Remodeled kitchen with cherry cabinets, granite counters, Stainless Steel appliances, 14x6 butlers pantry, skylights--dinette opens to triple level deck & an amazing yard with expansive brick paved patios & an inviting in-ground pool! Master bedroom with vaulted sitting room, 2 walk-in closets with built-ins, & a newly remodeled luxury bath with body spray shower! Dramatic family room with wall of windows & an impressive open stairway that leads to the deep pour finished walk-out basement with bath, fireplace, rec areas, & a 52 foot span of windows to view the resort-like yard!! Spacious bedrooms, all with walk-in closets, en-suite bath... Living room with fireplace & octagonal music room... Grand foyer with floating dual stairway... Sunroom... This 51/2 bath home features 7,200 square feet of living space and the beautiful lot extends beyond the gazebo and tree line backing to Ferson Creek and acres of preserved land!!!

 

1559 SOUTH PAUL LE COMTE COURT, PALATINE, IL

$459,900

2 Bedrooms/ 3.5 Baths/ 2,414 SqFt

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Experience luxury like never before! Beautiful 2 bedroom, 3.5 bath completely updated townhome. One of the best lots in highly sought after gated community of Maison Du Comte. Spacious & open. 9' main level ceilings. Hardwood floors almost throughout. Soaring wall of windows with picturesque views & finished English basement with full bath! Almost EVERYTHING is New or Newer - furnace, A/C, water heater, hardwood floors, carpet, high-end washer & dryer, microwave, garbage disposal, sump-pump, garage opener & attached gas grill! So many upgrades too... Anderson windows & doors, plantation shutters & Roman shades, Nest thermostat, crown moldings, custom cabinetry with self-close drawers, pullouts & built-ins, high-end stainless steel kitchen appliances with Thermador professional grade gas range & double oven! So much storage too! Exquisite master bedroom with cathedral ceilings, fireplace, huge closet & walk-in shower room with seating & custom tile work. The views... So beautiful you must see them in-person!

 

Let our team of experts help you find your dream home!  Our extensive knowledge of our local market and real estate expertise allows us to find the perfect home to suit your needs...at the best price!

Contact us today!


Mark Your Calendars for Elburn Days!

by The Rullo Team

Celebrate living in Elburn during ELBURN DAYS!! On Friday, August 16th, through Sunday, August 18th, Elburn Lions Community Park (500 Filmore Street) will be transformed into a fantastic community festival. Enjoy 3 days of incredible family fun with food, Beer Garden, entertainment, games, craft fair, and so much more. Take a spin on the action packed Carnival Rides ($22 wristbands on Friday and Saturday, $27 wristbands on Sunday). Participate in the Mud Football and/or Pie Baking Contest! Try your luck at the 50/50 Raffle and Car Raffle! There is something for everyone to enjoy! All proceeds from this fantastic event support the work of the Elburn Lions Club and their charities! Help support a great cause and have a weekend full of laughs and good times with your family and neighbors in Elburn!

 

Entertainment Schedule

Friday, August 16th

  • 5:30 pm | Live Music - SAMMY & THE KNIGHTS | Main Stage

  • 6:00 pm | Parade

  • 8:00 pm | GLOW PARTY with DJ BOOM | Community Stage

  • 8:00 pm | Live Music - BACK COUNTRY ROADS | Main Stage

Saturday, August 17th

  • 11:00 am | Truck and Tractor Pulls

    • $5 general admission

  • 12:00 pm | Live Music - ADAM LINDER | Beer Garden

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Face Painting, Coloring Station, Giant Jenga, Photo Frame, Unicorn Makeovers

  • 12:45 pm | Dance Performance - M&M Dance/Empower Dance Company | Community Stage

  • 1:30 pm | Hula Hoop Contest (ALL Ages) | Community Stage

  • 2:00 pm | FREE Dance Class with Miss Regan, Mia, and Taylor | Community Stage

  • 3:00 pm | Live Music - WHISKEY ROAD | Main Stage

  • 3:45 pm | Dance Performance - M&M Dance/Empower Dance Company | Community Stage

  • 5:00 pm | Live Music - SMOKIN GUNZ | Main Stage

  • 8:00 pm | Live Music - MODERN DAY ROMEOS | Main Stage

Sunday, August 18th  

  • 8:00 am - 10:30 am | Pie Baking Contest| North End Pavilion

  • 9:30 am | Worship Service | Community Stage

  • 10:30 am | Mud Volleyball

  • 12:00 pm | Live Music - ADAM LINDER | Beer Garden

  • 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Face Painting, Coloring Station, Giant Jenga, Photo Frame, Unicorn Makeovers

  • 1:00 pm | FREE Freeze Pops | Community Stage

  • 1:15 pm | FREE Hip Hop Class with Brianna | Community Stage

  • 1:30 pm | Magic Show - SCOTT PINER | Community Stage

  • 2:00 pm | Colonial Ice Cream Eating Contest | Community Stage

  • 3:30 pm | Dance Performance - M&M Dance/Empower Dance Company | Community Stage

  • 5:30 pm | Live Music - BELLA CAIN | Main Stage

  • 8:00 pm | Car Raffle and 50/50 Drawing | Main Stage

 

The Rullo Team wishes everyone a fun filled time at this year's Elburn Days!



Image Credit: Elburn Lions Club

School Bells Are About To Ring In Fox River Valley!

by The Rullo Team

 

 

School buses will once again be filled with students throughout the Fox River Valley! That’s right! It is time to head back to school! Make sure those backpacks are packed before the first bell! Here is a list of the first day of school for all local public school districts in our area.


Batavia Public School District 101 | 335 West Wilson Street, Batavia

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Community Unit School District 308 | 4175 Route 71, Oswego

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


East Aurora School District 131 | 417 Fifth Street, Aurora

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Geneva CUSD 304 | 227 North Fourth Street, Geneva

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Indian Prairie School District 204 | 780 Shoreline Drive, Aurora

First Day of School: Monday, August 19th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


Kaneland CUSD 302 | 47W326 Keslinger Road, Maple Park

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


School District U-46 | 355 East Chicago Street, Elgin

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


St. Charles CUSD 303 | 201 South 7th Street, St. Charles

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 14th

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 


West Aurora School District 129 | 1877 West Downer Place, Aurora

First Day of School: Wednesday, August 21st

2019 - 2020 District Calendar 



The school districts in the Fox River Valley are some of the top ranked public school districts in the state. Set your child up for academic and personal success! Search Current Fox River Valley Homes For Sale to find your next dream home in a top rated district today! The Rullo Team hopes all Fox River Valley students have a successful and fun 2019-2020 school year!!!

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/.

Discover Beauty at the Geneva Arts Fair!

by The Rullo Team

 

Find something beautiful at the 18th annual GENEVA ARTS FAIR!!! Head to historic Downtown Geneva (100 South Third Street) on Saturday, July 27th, and Sunday, July 28th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily for a visual feast you do not want to miss! Admission is FREE!


 

Explore the booths of 155 Talented Artists from around the country! The fair showcases a wide variety of artistic mediums - including ceramics, drawings, glass, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, textiles, and so much more. Talk to the exhibiting artists about their methods and their inspirations as your marvel at their craft. All works of art are for sale meaning you can purchase a stunning new piece for your own Geneva home! Whether you are an beginning or avid collector, there is something you will surely love!


 

Discover even more beauty at the corners of Franklin and South Third Streets where incredible displays of foliage will be presented by Plandscape Inc. Join School of Art in the big white tent for a fantastic art project for the little ones! And, so much more artsy fun for the whole family!


 

The Geneva Arts Fair was named one of the Top 10 Best Arts Fairs in the country by ArtFairCalendar.com! This truly is an event that you do not want to miss!

 


Need a beautiful space to display your new works of art? Search Geneva IL Homes for Sale! If you are ready to Buy your dream home in Geneva IL, give The Rullo Team a call at (630) 513-1771 today!

 


Image Credit: Geneva Chamber of Commerce

Pop On Over To The Sugar Grove Corn Boil!

by The Rullo Team

Celebrate living in beautiful Sugar Grove during the 52nd annual Sugar Grove Corn Boil! This Thursday, July 25th, through Sunday, July 28th, find a weekend of family fun in Volunteer Park. There is something for everyone at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil! Enjoy Carnival Rides, Bingo, live entertainment, refreshments, Car Show, Parade ......CORN (of course!).....and SO MUCH MORE!!!!

 

Entertainment Schedule

Thursday, July 25th

5:30 pm | Finding Dory (2016)

8:00 pm | Jaws (1975)

Friday, July 26th

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm | Southern Energy

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm | Thirsty Boots Band 

9:30 pm to 11:00 pm | The Redmonds 

Saturday, July 27th

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Bad Medicine

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm | Friction

8:30 pm to 11:00 pm | SEMPLE

9:30 pm | FIREWORKS

Sunday, July 28th

12:30 pm to 2:00 pm | Daniel and the Sparrows 

2:30 pm to 4:00 pm | Landslide 

4:30 pm to 6:00 pm | Anthem 

 

 

General Festival Hours

Thursday, July 25th 

5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Friday, July 26th

4:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Saturday, July 27th

11:00 am to 11:00 pm

Sunday, July 28th

11:00 am to 6:00 pm


 


The Rullo Team wishes everyone a fun time celebrating with neighbors, family, and friends at the Sugar Grove Corn Boil!

 

 

Image Credit: Sugar Grove Corn Boil

 

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