If you’re thinking about moving to North Carolina, why not put down roots in Durham? Durham, part of North Carolina’s research triangle, not only is a great college town, but a great town for families as well. We’ve put together a list of our top 5 reasons to move to Durham, North Carolina.
With a University (Duke) that employs 8,000 people and an unemployment rate of (3.8%), it won’t be hard for you to find and keep work in Durham, North Carolina. If you’re in the science field, you’ll be happy to know the Research Triangle Park employs over 50,000 people to 250 different businesses.
Durham is also one of the more affordable cities in the country. According to Livability, “70% of homeowners spend less than 30% of their income on housing expenses”. Owning a home you can be proud of and not breaking the bank to afford it sound like a win-win to me.
(The Fluke Crudo at Piedmont, via Vogue)
- The Food.
In the past few years Durham’s culinary scene has emerged. It’s one of the biggest reasons Durham has been named North Carolina’s hippest city. Durham is at the epicenter of food creativity at them moment, taking classic southern dishes and putting a fresh spin on them. From craft coffee, to craft beer, farmers markets and farm to table… the city is full of culinary inspiration. It’s no wonder Southern Living named Durham “The South’s Tastiest Town”.
Durham’s flat terrain helps to give this city the high walk score of 87. Although the city has great public transportation, it’s also great for biking, making getting around without a car fairly easy. And while you’re walking around you might as well drink, eat, and shop around at some of the city’s best shops and restaurants.
(via Bon Appetit)
- The Culture.
Speaking of walking around the city… Durham’s cultural scene will never disappoint. From amazing food, live music and historic sites, there’s always something to do and see. Whether you’re into college sports or performing arts, you’ll be sure to find something to entertain you.
(Via Duke University)
- The Outdoors
Not only does Durham have a vibrant city but it also is home to 68 parks! Duke Gardens, has five miles of walking trails on over 55 acres of gardens and forests. You can enjoy all the wonderful perks of city living and outdoor excursions both within Durham’s city limits.
It’s clear that Durham is an amazing place to be able to call home. This college town with a population over 300,000 is more than what meets the eye. Whatever you’re into you can find it in the welcoming city of Durham, North Carolina.
Things to do in the fall to ready your home for winter.
October and November are ideal times to winterize your home in North Carolina. The days are finally starting to cool off, but we likely have not had a freeze yet.
Tackle these tasks to make sure your home stays warm throughout winter and your exterior looks good in the spring.
1. Rake your leaves.
Rake your leaves to make sure no piles of leaves are interfering with your grass’ ability to breath. Grass needs sunlight and oxygen to stay healthy, even when it’s dormant.
*Helpful Tip: Use your leaves for compost! If you don’t have a compost bin set up, it can be incredibly easy to make one. Designate an area in your yard and toss leaves, grass trimmings, and compostable food waste in there to produce fertile soil for your garden in the spring.
**Helpful Tip: Fertilize your lawn to help with weed prevention and healthy growth in the spring.
2. Speaking of leaves, this is also a good time to clean out your gutters.
Even if you don’t have a ton of leaves on the ground, you might be surprised with the amount of leaves and debris you can find in your gutters. For the sake of your gutters, siding, and foundation, it’s important to keep these clear for proper drainage.
3. Check foundation and roof for cracks or leaks.
If you are reading this, you are likely a Thayer Homes homeowner, meaning your foundation and roof are relatively very new. Although you are not likely to find any issues, it’s always wise to check for them before finding out through catastrophe, especially in the cold winter.
*Helpful tip: A roof rake will help you clear off accumulated snow on your roof, which is built to hold up to 4ft of snow before possible collapse.
4. Protect your pipes from freezing.
Remove the water hose from the spout connected to the homebefore freezing temps. If hoses are left attached, leftover water in the hose will freeze and likely expand into the pipe. If the ice expands into the pipe, there is a chance it could cause the pipe to burst and leak. Also make sure to turn off your A/C water valve to prevent water collecting and freezing in the unit.
Helpful Tip:You can purchase pipe insulation from your local hardware store to help prevent freezing.