Raleigh, North Carolina, is an amazing city to call home. The capital of North Carolina with a population of over 458,000, is one of the best places in the country to raise a family and make your career. Check out our top 5 reasons to move to Raleigh, North Carolina.
(via the Research Triangle Foundation)
Ranked #2 as one of the best places for business and careers, by Forbes Magazine, Raleigh is the perfect destination to start or boost your career path. With a job growth of 3.7% and a unemployment rate of 4%, you should never have a problem finding a great job.Raleigh makes up one-third of the Research Triangle, which employs around 50,000 people to over 250 different businesses. Raleigh’s strong economy makes it one of the best places to live and work in the country.
Named in 2016, by Zagat, among the 26 Hottest Food Cities in America, Raleigh, North Carolina’s culinary scene is on the rise. Some of America’s top chef’s have set down roots in Raleigh. Winner of the James Beard Award, Ashley Christensen and multi nominee Scott Crawford, are among the top Chef’s taking stake in Raleigh’s culinary scene.
3. Family Friendly
In 2014, Raleigh was ranked #1 in Forbes’ America’s Best Cities for Raising a Family. Raleigh’s strong economy and low crime rate were major factors in the ranking. Ranked by Niche as a city with one of the best public school systems in america, you can feel confident your children will receive top-tier education.
Raleigh is one of the few cities in America that experiences all four seasons. From winters with snow to summers averaging 80°F, Raleigh has it all.
5. Leisure Activities
Great weather only goes so far unless you have activities to enjoy the weather in. Raleigh is home to 10,000 acres of parkland including William B. Umstead State Park which stretches 5,599 acres. These parks are great for hiking and biking with their vast trails, as well as camping and boating.
Raleigh also has a great culture scene with 3 major museums and several music and theater programs. Raleigh has live music almost 365 days a year, pop into one of many local venues in downtown Raleigh to hear some of the country’s best live performers.
Raleigh, North Carolina is the perfect place to set down roots, from a strong economy, great food and even better music, there’s not much to complain about. Whether your looking to start your career or start a family, Raleigh is a great place to do both of those things. If you’re thinking about moving to Raleigh, check out some of our available homes and see how we can make your relocation as smooth as possible.
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.