February Newsletter

It's time once again to gather your garden and home-remodeling plans and head to the Rocky Mountain region’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious home show, the 2017 Colorado Garden & Home Show. Bellco is proud to be the presenting sponsor of this nine-day event at the Colorado Convention Center, February 4–12, 2017.

The show offers a one-stop marketplace to find the experts who can remodel, refresh, and renew a home or garden. With over 650 participating companies and over 1,400 booths, there’s something for everyone.

  • Visit this year’s “Denver Zoo” Entry Garden presented by Bellco. The garden will feature a Journey to Africa with the Zoo’s beloved Leo the Lion on display, a dinosaur garden, tiger exhibit, live animal demonstrations, a plant maze, and a kids play area.
  • Attend one of 50 free educational seminars and how-to demonstrations in the home show theater, including a Home Buying Seminar presented by Bellco Mortgage Professionals on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 2 pm.
  • Bellco members can print out a discount coupon to receive $2 off admission to the show!

While you're there, stop by the Bellco booth to see how you could win one of ten $500 Lowe’s® gift cards just for visiting*. We'll also have special offers on ChoiceLine and our Colorado Rewards credit card during the show. Stop by the Bellco booth for full details.

6 PM–8 PM
(in the upper lobby outside the Home Show entrance)

Join Bellco’s Mortgage Professionals after the Garden & Home Show on Saturday, February 11 at 6 pm, for cocktails, appetizers, Q&A, networking, and a wealth of information on topics, such as:

  • Greater Denver real estate market trends
  • Should you stay or should you go (remodel or list)?
  • Will rising rates cool our housing market?
  • How a housing-supply shortage can affect the market

For more information about the Colorado Garden & Home Show, go to ColoradoGardenFoundation.org.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Official Rules will be available at the Bellco booth during the event.

Keeping Walkways Safe in Winter

Although snowfall can beautifully transform urban areas in Colorado, it can also make life treacherous and sometimes unnavigable for our state’s seniors and disabled community. Even just a little snow on the sidewalk can mean the difference between getting outside and being homebound. And if people are unable to do the shoveling themselves, they might be hit with fines from the city. Luckily, many Colorado communities have solutions—and if you’re able and willing to help, you can pitch in too.

Volunteers of America Snow Buddies. VOA pairs seniors aged 60 and older with shoveling volunteers who live within a two-mile radius. Within 24 hours of a snowfall of two inches or more, the volunteer shovels the sidewalk and walkway for their senior partner. This program is in effect in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties.

IceBusters in Boulder County. When they “Adopt-a-Senior Sidewalk” in the Boulder area, volunteers agree to remove snow and ice from sidewalks and walkways of clients’ homes. To participate or to request help, call 303-443-1933.

The City of Loveland Snow Squad. Volunteers provide their own shovels to help dig out their neighbors in need within 24 hours of the end of a two-inch or greater snowstorm. Call 970-962-2764 or email Hollie.Hill@cityofloveland.org for more information about the program.

Snow Buddies in Arvada. The City of Arvada Neighborhood Services Division recruits volunteers to provide snow removal for low-income seniors and those with health issues that prevent them from being able to shovel. Email knichols@arvada.org or call 720-898-7464 to volunteer or to request help.

Westminster Snowbusters. Volunteers agree to remove snow from walkways of Westminster’s elderly or disabled citizens’ homes before noon the day following a measureable snowfall. To find out more, email volunteer@cityofwestminster.us or call 303-658-2159.

UCHealth Aspen Club Member Ice Melt Bags. On one Saturday per month, UCHealth offers free bags of ice melt to senior members of the Aspen Club. The ice melt helps reduce those pesky slick spots outside homes to decrease falls. For more information on the offer and to find out how to join the Aspen Club, call 970-495-8560.

For additional resources, contact your city government, volunteer organizations such as United Way, or local church groups.

As you may be aware, auto insurance premiums in Colorado are at an all-time high with many Coloradans asking what they can do. Thanks to lower gas prices and more people moving to Colorado, there are now more cars then ever on our roads.

According to Bellco's preferred partner, First Line Insurance, the auto industry is experiencing a large increase in insurance losses. The frequency of claims and severity of claims is steadily on the rise. Injury claims, vehicle repair, and traffic fatalities have increased by 5%. What used to be a fender bender is now a full fender replacement that includes expensive electronics, like back-up cameras.

What can you do to mitigate the insurance woes? Contact First Line Insurance Services for a complete insurance evaluation. They take a consultative approach that focuses on your entire insurance picture. They can help search for additional credits and discounts that you may not be receiving. They can also suggest valuable benefits like accident forgiveness, multi-policy discounts, and affordable deductibles.

See if you can save on your auto insurance by calling First Line at 1-800-488-9838 or online at firstlineins.com.

American Heart Association

In February, Bellco will collect donations for the American Heart Association, the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. Your donations help the organization fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide critical tools and information to save and improve lives.

Please consider donating to this charitable cause through Bellco’s Charity of the Month page. To learn more about the American Heart Asociation, just visit their website.