Since our inception in 2010, here at Thayer-Homes, it has been one of the biggest goals of our business to give back to our community. This June, we will be combining our desire to give back with our passion for building quality homes, by participating in Habitat for Humanity’s annual Home Builder Blitz.
The Home Builder Blitz event has created over 1,700 homes in the U.S. for the Habitat for Humanity organization since it began in 2006. Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to providing quality homes for people all across the world, and on a larger scale has built more than 800,000 homes worldwide.
During the Home Builder Blitz like the one happening here in Durham, Habitat for Humanity teams up with professional home builders, such as ourselves. We help speed up the process by building, renovating, and repairing homes within just 1-week. All materials, labor and costs for the homes built during the blitz are donated.
This year there will be a total of 5 local builders participating in the Durham Habitat for Humanity Home Builders Blitz. This is where things get interesting. We will be building one of our custom homes that usually takes us weeks to build – in only 7 days!
Terry Thayer of Thayer Homes and other local builders participating in the Home Builders Blitz
The home we build this year will be going to Anita Stewart and her much deserving family. Anita and her two children have been working hard to put in the 300 hours worth of “sweat equity” building homes for others, in order to qualify for the home.
Anita is an incredibly hard working mother of two, which is something our own hard-working mom, Kristi, can relate to. We especially love Anita’s work ethic.
“If you want a house, you have to work hard for it. And, oh Lord, am I working hard.”
We are beyond excited to be able to build the house that Anita and her family will call home for years to come!
The Stewart Family. From left to right: Rashawn, Anita, and Ayiana
The Home Builder Blitz will begin June 5th and will take 7 days to complete. We have a long week ahead of us but it couldn’t be for a better cause. To find out more about Habitat for Humanity and the Home Builders Blitz, go to Habitat for Humanity.
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.