Spring Lawn Prep Tips

Summer is right around the corner and it’s important that you take the time now to get your yard ready. By taking these steps in the spring, you will have a much nicer yard come summer. Having that beautiful yard full of lush green grass is possible and doesn’t require a whole ton of work if you start early.

 

Weeds

Weeds can be a huge hassle and make a yard look neglected. We recommend taking care of weeds as soon as you see them. Early spring, you may see a few weeds pop up here and there. We recommend weeding early so they don’t have a chance to spread throughout the entire yard. Lay new sod in areas that don’t have grass growing so weeds don’t claim that spot as their own. Lastly, make sure you are mowing frequently to keep weeds down.

Reseed

Before you start doing anything else with your yard, we recommend reseeding with a high quality seed. This will help the grass grow thicker and fill in any spots where the grass may not be growing. Look through all the grass options and make sure you find one that is most appropriate for your area. Different grasses are harder to keep than others. Just make sure you water frequently at first.

Consider a Sprinkler System

A sprinkler system can be expensive, but can save you lots of time and ruined grass in the end. Many people forget to move the hose and result in dead spots on the yard from the hose laying out too long. Many times without a sprinkler it is easy to forget to move or remove the hose resulting in over-watering. Installing a sprinkler system will guarantee that the entire yard gets watered and that it gets watered the correct amount. Most sprinkler systems come with timers on them.

Love your Lawnmower

 

Your lawnmower requires a little TLC at the beginning of each year. We recommend routine maintenance. Replace your mowers oil and gas and make sure you are using the recommended types. Replace your spark plugs and air filters this time of year as well. Last, but not least, check your blades. Make sure the blades are sharp so they are cutting through the grass with ease. Frequent maintenance and cleaning of your mower will result in a long-lasting mower that leaves behind stunning grass!

 

We hope these tips will help you with your lawn this year! We’d love to see some pics!

Don’t have a yard!?!? TIME TO BUY ONE NOW!

 

 

Red Day 2017 – Food Drive

What The Strange Team Does

Every year The Strange Team and the entire Keller Williams Preferred office joins efforts and organizes a huge food drive. We are not talking one small truck full of food, we are talking 10,000 pounds of food. The office filled an entire box truck. From front to back and after weighing in found out the total for 2017 was 10,000 pounds!

Same as last year, the team decided to focus their collection efforts in the Cherrywood Park neighborhood. The first thing they did was the  week before the drive the entire team went door to door and hung up door hangers along with a red bag for people to fill up. In addition the team called the neighborhood telling them about the food drive and celebration. Alan, Nick, Kathy, Doug, Maggie, and Mary spent the whole first week of May rallying everyone to participate in the food drive. 

Finally on May 11th, The Strange Team loaded up into a truck and drove around the Cherrywood Park neighborhood collecting the red bags for almost three hours.  They had over 35 families donate food and many families left more than one bag.  The generosity of all the neighbors is greatly appreciated.

 

After all the hard work and collecting, the team enjoyed a nice BBQ outside the office. They had a few friends, past clients, and vendors stop by and say hello. Seems like everyone who attended had a great time and can’t wait for next year.

Check out our Facbook page for more photos!

What is Red Day?

A huge reason many agents choose  and love Keller Williams is Red Day! Every year on the second Thursday in May all the offices in the world take a break and go volunteer and give back in their communities. Red Day stands for Renew, Energize, and Donate. Mo Anderson is the Vice Chairman of Keller Williams and Red Day was founded to honor her birthday.

 


 

 

Farmers Markets in the North Denver Area

Farmers Markets in the North Denver area are about to start for 2017. We want to make sure that you know exactly where to go to get your fresh fruits and vegetables this year!

Farmers Markets are a great way to meet your neighbors and get some healthy produce while supporting your local economy. Here is our list for the North Denver area:

Arvada

W. 57th & Olde Wadsworth Blvd
Sundays, June – Oct (9am – 1pm)

Broomfield

1700 W. 10th Ave
Tuesdays, June 14-Sept 27 (4pm – 7pm)

7901 W. 120th Ave
2nd & 4th Saturdays, year-round (9am – 11am)

Golden

10th & Illinois
Saturdays, June 4 – Oct 1 (8am – 1pm)

Lakewood

9077 W. Alameda Ave
Saturdays, June 17 – Oct 28th (10am – 2pm)

Louisville

824 Front St
Saturdays, May 20 – Oct 28th (8am – 1pm)

Westminster

72nd & Sheridan
Saturdays, Jun – Oct (9:30am – 1:30pm)

Wheat Ridge

8235 W 44th Ave
Thursdays, Jul 6 – Sep 28 (10am – 2pm)

7043 W 38th Ave
Tuesday – Friday, year-round (12-6pm)
Saturdays, year-round (9-3pm)
Sundays, year-round (10 – 2pm)


When attending farmers markets, we recommend bringing a reusable tote for your produce, a hat and sunglasses to keep the sun out of your eyes, and cash. Many vendors will accept credit cards, but it’s always a good idea to bring cash for the extra stuff. Many farmers markets are great to bring your kids to. Sometimes you will find face painters, balloon artists, or other fun activities; so keep your eyes open!

 

The Strange Team wishes you a fun summer. If you find yourself looking for a home or thinking about selling a home, please call us.

 

Spring Home Selling Tips

Here are some great spring home selling tips our team would love to share with you.

Spring is such a great time of year. The weather starts to warm up, the flowers begin to bloom, the smell of fresh cut grass fills the air, and homes start popping up on the market. Spring time is a popular time to sell your home and here are a few tips.

Bring the outdoor smells into your home.
Spring is notorious for its wonderful smells. Pull those outdoor aromas into the home. Use plug ins, candles, or fresh cut plants to get some good smells.

Clean the front of the home.
Clean or replace your front door mat. Make sure there is no winter mud or fall leaves on your mat. This is also a great time to lean any other debris from the entrance of your home.

Bring out the spring colors.
Pull out all the fun and beautiful colors of spring. Look throughout the home put away the neutral and dark colors of winter and swap them out for fun spring patters and shapes. Maybe even head to the store and but some new throw blankets and pillows to lighten up the rooms.

Box up winter clothes.
When buyers enter your closets, you want them to appear as large as possible. Our heavy winter coats take up a lot of space so we recommend moving those out to make closets look less cluttered.


Clean out the Garage.
Over the winter, your garage gets full of dirt and grime from the roads. This is great opportunity to clean out the garage to make it seem less cluttered and clean. Salt is also bad for your concrete so by cleaning it out you are preserving the driveway and garage floor.

 

Safety Tips for your Home – Inside and Out

Safety-Tips

Life extends beyond the walls of your home. That’s why The Strange Team provides safety tips to help keep your family safe both inside and outside the home.

In the kitchen,

  • Keep a distance between flammable objects (papers, curtains, plastics, etc.) and fire sources (oven, stove top, portable heater, etc.)
  • Use harmful products (cleaning solutions, lighters) with caution (follow instructions!) and keep them out of reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave sharp objects (knives) or other such tools and utensils misplaced or unattended.
  • Ensure electrical cords aren’t draped across other appliances or the counter or stove top.
  • Leave space around appliances for proper ventilation.

In the bathroom,

  • Keep electrical appliances wrapped and away from water.
  • Use non-slip strips or floor mats
  • Always keep the room clean and as dry as possible.

In the bedroom,

  • Never smoke.
  • As always, ensure that everything else is a safe distance away from a source of fire or heat.
  • Opt for mattresses with open flame-resistant protection.
  • You’re most vulnerable when you sleep. Even in bed, keep a phone, light, (and, if necessary, a weapon) within reach.

In the garage,

  • This is probably where you store most of your tools and equipment. Take precautions with flammable liquids, chemicals, and anything producing fumes.
  • Keep poisonous substances (paint thinner, antifreeze, rat poison, etc.) locked up and out of reach of children and pets.
  • Keep your space clean and organized, especially as many of your tools are sharp, heavy, or otherwise dangerous.

In the yard,

  • Surround your property with a sturdy fence (this is more for keeping in children and pets, but can also serve to remind strangers to keep out).
  • If you’ve got a pool, keep it locked down or fenced in when not in use.
  • Be careful when working in bad weather. Use sand, salt, and good-traction foot ware on ice and snow.

On the stairs,

  • Keep steps clean and dry.
  • Always install stable and sturdy railing on both sides of the stairs.
  • Ensure that the distance between the rails is narrow enough to prevent a child or infant from falling through.
  • Good rule of thumb: less than four inches!
  • Keep stairs well lit.

Home Fire Safety

Guard against fire with these home safety tips:

  • Install smoke detectors, check them regularly, and replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Avoid overloading outlets and extension cords.
  • Keep fire extinguishers handy and know how to use them.
  • Establish a safety exit, ensure all family members know and understand it, practice with drills, and ensure it’s never blocked.
  • Never block or pile things on heaters or near heat-exuding appliances; give these a wide berth, plenty of breathing room, and make sure they don’t get overheated.
  • Ensure that all materials are fire-resistant if you’re renovating or just fixing up something around the house.
  • Never leave any type of fire or hot appliance unattended.
  • Remove dry vegetation around your home, especially during the dry seasons.
  • Cover the fireplace with a stable and large metal fire frame.

Paint and Sip with Comedian Geoff Tice

FB Event PaintandSip

 

February 23rd, Thursday Night 5pm to 7pm

@Keller Williams Preferred Realty 11859 Pecos St. Ste. 200 in Westminster

Sip your favorite beverage* and enjoy step-by-step instruction with our experienced and enthusiastic local artists. You’ll leave with a one-of-a-kind creation and a new found talent you’ll want to explore.

Who is Geoff Tice? Geoff’s Facebook

Geoff Tice - Comedian
Geoff Tice – Comedian

Geoff Tice is a stand-up comedian from Boulder, Colorado who has performed in festivals, clubs, bars, and basements all across America. In 2016, he performed at the CROM Comedy Festival, was selected as a “Fresh Mug” for SF Sketchfest, and a “Denver Up-and-Comer” for TruTV’s High Plains Comedy Festival.