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Easy Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

One thing we can all agree on is that we all would love to have a lower electric bill. There are many expensive steps you can take like installing solar or buying energy-efficient appliances. We wanted to share a few inexpensive tips with you!

Stop using hot water

No we don’t mean start taking cold showers, simply reduce the amount of hot water you are using.

Lower your water heater’s temperature – Heating water all day can cost you a lot of money. Many people don’t realize that by lowering the temperature on your water heater can save you a lot of money.

Run the dishwasher before bed and only if full – Run your dishwasher only once it is full. Also, run your dishwasher before bed, this way you are running it when it’s cooling down in your home so your A/C doesn’t have to make up as much for your cooling needs.

Buy cold water detergents – There are many brands of detergents out there that work great with cold water. It can save you lots of money by running shorter cycles and using cold water.

Heating & Cooling

Your A/C and furnace can be the most expensive things in your home to run, here are a few tips to lower those costs.

Open Windows – During the summer use thick drapes to block out heat from the sun. During the winter, open your blinds to allow the sun to warm the house.

Ceiling Fans – Buying and installing fans is not enough to save you money! Believe it or not, there is a correct way to use them. It’s important that during the summer your fans are running counter-clockwise to force the room air down giving you a cooler feeling. The fan should turn clockwise during the winter to gently draw room air up and push down the warm air.  

Buy a programmable thermostat – You don’t have to get the super fancy one that costs hundreds of dollars. You can get basic programmable thermostats for $20 that will still save you money!


Many appliances use power even when they are not running. If you get in the habit of unplugging appliances that are not being used, you can save lots of money. Get in the habit of turning everything completely off.

Install timer switches – Many lights and electronics can be on a timer switch so they are not constantly on. This also prevents you from forgetting to turn them off.

Use power strips – One thing that can save you money is to use power strips and turn them to the off position when you are done using the things plugged into them. This stops the attached appliances from pulling power even when they are not on.

So go ahead and try these great money-saving tips! We would love to hear how they affect your utility bill!


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Denver Fun Facts – 5 Fun Facts About Denver, CO 

Denver Fun Facts – 5 Fun Facts About Denver, CO

Denver is a fantastic place to live probably because it gets over 300 days of sunshine per year and has some of the coolest attractions around! Here are 5 things about Denver you may have not known. Be prepared to be surprised by these Denver fun facts as there are so many reasons to live to Denver!


Denver’s First Permanent Structure

Believe it or not, Denver’s first permanent structure was not a hospital, school, government building or church. Unlike most cities who start out with the staples listed above, Denver’s first permanent Structure was a Saloon. There are lots of old Bars and Saloons around Denver for you to check out. These saloons opened as early as the 1890’s and are still around. Maybe you should check out the Buckhorn Exchange, The Cruise Room, or Nob Hill Inn if you are interested in bar hopping some of the oldest saloons/bars in town!

Are You Accidentally Breaking the Law?

First of all, we have to point out that Denver has a few crazy laws! Many of these laws are no longer enforced, however we still think it’s important to point them out. Did you know that in Denver it is illegal to lend your vacuum cleaner to your neighbor? However, you can lend it to a friend down the street, just not the next door neighbor.

Denver Loves Its Sports

Not every city can say it has its own baseball, hockey, football, AND basketball team! In fact, only 12 other cities have teams in all four major sports. To add to the mix, Denver has its own lacrosse team and soccer team! So in one city you can watch the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Avalanche, Denver Broncos, Colorado Rapids, Denver Nuggets, and the Colorado Mammoth all play! If you love sports, this is the place to be since sports will keep you busy here all year-long!

Cityscape of Denver, CO


Colfax Ave Is Really Long

Colfax Avenue is the longest continuous street in America. It runs over 26 miles long. Colfax Ave starts in Golden CO ends out in Strasburg, CO.  Therefore the Colfax Marathon is an annual run that started thanks to this long road!  The Colfax Marathon is 26.2 miles and includes amazing views of the Rocky Mountains. Most noteworthy about the Colfax Marathon is that it’s a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.


Denver Loves Beer

Every year, Denver hosts the Great American Beer Festival. This festival is the brewing industry’s top beer tasting completion. People flock from all over the USA and try hundreds of different beers from all over the country.  Not only does Denver host the largest beer festival, it also happens to brew more beer than any other city in the nation. 150 different beers are brewed here daily! If you love microbrews, you will love the beer scene in Denver.


A glass of beer sitting on a napkin on a wooden table



There you have it, 5 Denver fun facts you hopefully did not know. Denver is a great place and it is growing like crazy, if you are considering a move to Denver give us a call!


Home for Sale in Denver Under $300,000
Between $300,000 – $500,000
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Amazon in Thornton – Hiring – 1500 Jobs

Amazon is expanding, this time, into Thornton CO! With this expansion comes 1,500 job openings. The new fulfilment center will be on I-25 and 144th. The city of Thornton welcomes this project and feels that the city was chosen because of its location and Thornton’s workforce.

This new facility will do great things for the local economy, but will also help speed up the process for Amazon’s customers.  This location will primarily focus on smaller item such as books. The City of Thornton says that the goal is to fulfill 1 million packages a day out of this facility.  That should make the amazon experience even better.


Most importantly, is how 1,500 people’s lives can change due to new employment opportunities in Thornton. Thornton is growing every day. A huge employer like this will help boost the economy.

The fulfilment center currently anticipates an August 2018 opening date.

Are you are thinking about applying for a job with Amazon? The Strange Team recommends checking out these great listings around the new fulfillment center.

Homes for Sale near new Amazon fulfillment center
Under $250,000
Between $250,000 – $450,000
Over $450,000

We are here to help you shorten your commute, move to CO from out of state, or to simply get out of renting! Call us today 720-295-4350

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Why Move to Westminster, CO – 10 Reasons

Why would anyone ever move to Westminster, CO? Here are 10 great reasons you should consider moving there.

This city is a fantastic suburb northwest of Denver, CO.  With it being only 9 miles away from Denver, you get the convenience of having a city only a few minutes away, but you still get to enjoy mountain views and no traffic. We have taken it upon ourselves to explore Westminster and decide the top 10 reasons we think you should move to Westminster, CO.

1. Westminster Castle Also called the Big Red Castle or the PIllar Fire, this castle is located in Westminster and is something you must see! It’s a historic landmark located at 82nd Ave & Lowell Blvd.

The Westminster Castle of Westminster CO

2. Trails, Trails … and More Trails – There is an absolutely amazing trail system in Westminster. There are miles of paved trails that can take you from park to park. You will not run out of walking places here!

3. Westy Fest – Every year there is this fun event called Westy Fest that takes place in Westminster. It offers food, fun, and entertainment and usually takes place in August.

4. Farmers Market – If you love fresh produce, Westminster has an amazing farmers market. The market takes place Saturdays 10 – 1pm on 72nd and Sheridan. You can get your fill of fresh produce and fresh bakes breads!

5. Golf Courses – There are plenty of gold courses scattered throughout Westminster. These courses offer breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains.

6. Did Someone Say Beer? – If you are looking for amazing breweries, look no further! There are lots of local events where you can meet local brew-masters. Colorado is known for its brewery scene. Westminster’s breweries will not disappoint you!

7. Historic Westminster Jazz & Arts Festival – This large event is held in Historic Westminster and it’s a big one. The event has lots of food, fun, and over 100 vendors for you to see.

8. Butterflies! – The Butterfly Pavilion is located in Westminster. This is a great place to go see beautiful butterflies from all over. You get to walk through a large butterfly room and you can even meet a tarantula.

Blue butterfly on a leaf

9. Your Dog Will Love It Too – This place , along with most of Denver, is extremely dog friendly. You can bring your dog to most breweries and many establishments with patios allow dogs. There is a huge off leash dog park at 104th and Simms that your pooch will enjoy

10. The People – Last but certainly not least we would like to point out how amazing the people of Westminster are. Many times people will open doors for you, help you pick up dropped items, and genuinely be nice to you.


We suggest moving to Westminster, CO if you are tired of wherever you currently call home. You won’t be disappointed or bored!

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 $400,000 – $600,000
 $600,000 + 

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Unpacking Tips

You just got your dream house. It’s full of your boxes… now what?

Moving into a new home can be very exciting however, the thought of unpacking can be overwhelming and stressful. We are here to give you a few tips on how to make the moving process easier and less stressful.

First of all, don’t rush into unpacking. Take your time and come up with a system.

Clean – We recommend that you clean the home first. It’s much easier to clean the home before you unpack your items. Wipe down empty shelves, clean floors, and make your home move in ready. Once your home is clean you can start unpacking your belongings. We also recommend wiping down any of your dusty items so you are putting out clean items in your new clean home.

Inspect – This is especially important if you used a moving company. Before you start digging in and unboxing, check all of your boxes for damage and report immediately. If you used a moving company, we recommend keeping an inventory of all the boxes so you can make sure they all arrived at your new home.Two people sitting around a stack of 2 boxes

Organize the Boxes – We recommend going through all the boxes and putting them in the correct room, where most of their contents will be emptied into. By doing this you can tackle your house room by room with less running around.

Essentials – Locate and unpack your box of essentials. It’s a good idea to label your boxes when originally packing them. Your essentials box should contain toiletries, medicines, basic kitchenware, and other important items that you would need right away.

Kitchen full of cardboard boxes

Unpack Large Items – We recommend unpacking and organizing your large items first. Organize your furniture and then unpack the smaller boxes. You can also get an interior designer to help you with furniture placement if you choose.

Have an unpacking party – If unpacking just isn’t your thing, invite a few friends and have a party. Provide food and beverages and have your friends unpack with you. Rule of thumb – do not get upset if things are no unpacked perfectly. After the party you may have some organizing to do, but at least everything will be unpacked.

Have more tips? Please post them in the comments section – we’d love to hear from you!


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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 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.


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!

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