Could the moving company you called be a SCAM?

September 14, 2017

Cheaper is not always better
Oftentimes, the moving company will offer a ridiculously low price only to inflate it after performing your move and adding on hidden fees. Avoid this by always getting estimates from at least three different moving companies.

Belongings held hostage
Unprofessional movers may hold your goods hostage on their truck, refusing to unload your belongings until you pay them extra. A company may seem legitimate, but if they refuse to unload your items until additional money is forked over, you’re being ripped off. A licensed mover knows 10% of your estimated cost is max for collection before unloading you.

A large cash deposit
In the moving industry, demanding a large cash deposit in advance is unheard of. Is your company asking for an exorbitant sum before even starting your move? Sounds like it’s time to go with a different company.

Shady practices
If the company won’t provide you with information such as their address, and license numbers, refuses to put quotes in writing, won’t do an in-home estimate or arrives in a rental truck or a truck without a company logo, you are probably being scammed by untrustworthy individuals.

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When there is a hurricane threat, East Coast Moving wants you to be prepared

September 7, 2017

Basic Preparedness Tips

  • Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information.
  • Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate
  • Make sure you have an adequate supply of all your daily prescriptions.
  • If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you are not able to leave due to flooding or blocked roads.
  • Make a family emergency communication plan.
  • Many communities have text or email alerting systems for emergency notifications. To find out what alerts are available in your area, search the Internet with your town, city, or county name and the word “alerts.”

 

HOW DO TO KEEP PETS SAFE WHILE MOVING?

August 31, 2017

The items below will help ensure your pets’ safety while moving. This includes ways to help you find your pets if they get lost, tools to keep with you while traveling, and papers for helping your pets if they get hurt.

  • ID tags. If your pet can wear a collar, put one on and attach an ID tag. (For birds, put the tag on a leg band.) The tag should include the pet’s name, your name, and the destination address and your number.
  • Microchips. Pets with microchips are entered into a pet recovery system so if your pet gets loose, you’ll be contacted once it’s found. If your pet was purchased from a breeder, pet store, or shelter it likely already has a microchip.
  • Pictures. Keep a photograph of your pet so you can show your new neighbors what your pet looks like if it gets lost.
  • Collars. Make sure you have collars on your pets while they’re traveling in the car or on a plane. For animals that get fidgety, you probably want to get a harness they can’t wiggle out of.
  • Leashes. Keep a chain and leash for your dog to keep them in your new yard if you have to wait for a fence to be built. Pack a spare in case your pet breaks the leash.
  • Pet carriers. If you’re traveling by airplane, any pet in the cabin must be in a pet carrier. In a car, some pets are less stressed in a carrier rather than on the loose.
  • Records. Getting your pet’s health records from your veterinarian will help a new vet provide the best care for your pet.

Pack & move fast, with these tips

August 24, 2017
  1. Start early
  2. Pack strategically
  3. Have a packing room
  4. Save on boxes; used and recycled
  5. Don’t be a heavy; small size for heaviest
  6. Don’t pack air; fill all items EX: suitcases
  7. Trash bags are treasure; only non-breakable of course
  8. Hang’em high; clothing does not travel best box’d
  9. Pad and pack; use those towels and blankets as padding
  10. Label on two sides.
  11. Be ready; before the movers arrive

A Stress-Free Guide to Moving Elderly Parents

August 10, 2017

As your parents grow older, you may see them begin to struggle living day-to-day.  At some point, you will need to move them into a safer living environment.

  • Giving them time to come to the same conclusion as you will help them feel more confident and less distressed.
  • Discuss the level of care your parents will need in their new home.
  • Before you start to pack, go through your parents’ home and organize their belongings.
  • Booking a moving company will help ease the stress on you and your parents.
  • Your parents may need days, weeks, or months to adjust to the new living arrangements. Check in with them often to make sure they feel safe and comfortable.

Be sure to see the moon moving between the Earth and the Sun August 21, 2017

August 3, 2017

 

Imagine a bright sunny day, with turquoise skies and the brilliant sunshine we all enjoy. Gradually, the illumination around you diminishes; It takes some time before you notice. If you had not heard about the eclipse you might think a cloud temporarily blocked the Sun. Then it happens.

The Moon has fully engulfed the Sun.

For the next minute or so, your eyes are drawn up to behold in the middle of the day, a small black circle surrounded by a fire-like glow (the Sun’s corona). The sky itself has darkened so much it is like deep twilight.

Excerpt from:

http://www.starnewsonline.com/lifestyle/20170602/looking-up-get-set-for-aug-21-total-solar-eclipse/1

10 Little Known Beaches In North Carolina That Will Make Your Summer Unforgettable

July 28, 2017

Taken from http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/north-carolina/10-little-known-nc-beaches/

Way to go Brunswick County! Who knew that Brunswick County has 3 out of 10 of the Unforgettable Summer Beaches.

Holden Beach took #1!

  1. Holden Beach

Located in Brunswick County, Holden Beach is a true gem in North Carolina. This quaint beach town is bustling with charm, a relaxed vibe, amazing food, and BREATHTAKING sunsets!

 

4. Bald Head Island

There’s no way you won’t be enchanted by the island of golf carts, sandy shores, and peaceful solitude. This 12,000 acre slice of paradise is home to Old Baldy, amazing seafood, and peace of mind!

 

9. Oak Island

Oak Island sometimes goes overlooked, but it’s a well kept secret. You can enjoy great kayaking and fishing on Davis Canal or just chill out on a beach chair. You’ll get serenity, a lighthouse, and a nice tan.

Stay cool during your summer move

July 20, 2017

Keep your family and moving team hydrated.  Consider having cold drinks, water or sports beverages preferably, in a cooler and handy to grab.

Be considerate of your moving crew; they’re used to the heat, but they need to cool down and stay hydrated and motivated.

Learn about Rip Currents

May 11, 2017

Rip Current

The Danger of Rip Currents

  • Rip currents are powerful, channeled currents of water flowing away from shore.
  • They typically extend from the shoreline, through the surf zone, and past the line of breaking waves.
  • Rip currents can occur at any beach with breaking waves.

Escaping Rip Currents

  • If you become caught in a rip current, yell for help and remain calm.
  • Do not exhaust yourself and stay afloat while waiting for help.
  • If you must swim out of a rip current, swim parallel to shore and back toward the beach when possible.
  • Do not attempt to swim directly against a rip current as you quickly become exhausted.

How to Avoid Rip Currents

  • Don’t assume! Great weather for the beach does not always mean it’s safe to swim or even play in the shallows.
  • Rip currents often form on calm, sunny days.
  • Check water conditions before going in by looking at the local beach forecast before you leave for the beach.
  • Only swim at a beach with lifeguards.

Be Aware: Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

April 7, 2017
  Be Aware: Card Skimmers at Gas Stations

Recently, incidences of card skimming fraud at gas stations have increased. While it is important to remain vigilant whenever you are using your credit or debit card, gas stations have become the new hot spot for fraud. Knowing what to look for when at the pump could save you from havingas pump blogg your information compromised.

What is card skimming?

Skimmers are card readers that steal and store data off a credit or debit card’s magnetic strip. The skimmer attaches to the card reader and doesn’t cause a functional issue for the terminal, which can allow the issue to go unnoticed.

What am I looking for?

A credit card skimming device is smaller than a deck of cards and fits over the existing card reader. When a customer swipes their card, the device immediately saves and stores the card information.

Here are some ways to stay observant at the gas pump.

  1. Look for signs of tampering such as different colored materials on the machine, graphics that aren’t aligned correctly or anything else that doesn’t look quite right.
  2. If you don’t see anything that looks off, give the card reader and keyboard a little shake. Card readers are sturdy and nothing should shift when touched.
  3. If you notice something is not secure, do not use that machine and inform the manager immediately.

Criminals can also plant devices into the card machine at the gas pump.

  1. Look at the edges of the gas pump where the terminal opens for maintenance. If the hinges or lock are battered or seem tampered with, it could be compromised.
  2. Several gas companies use tamper-proof seals across the opening of the credit card door. When broken, the sticker is lifted revealing the word VOID on the sticker.
  3. If you see a void sticker or the machine shows signs of tampering, inform the attendant and move to a different station.

How can I avoid card skimming?

Be aware of your surroundings and take the time to look at the card machine before using it will go a long way in keeping your information safe. Other ways to avoid card skimmers include using the pump closest to the cashier, using cash and paying the attendant inside the gas station.

What else should I know?

Each time you use your card at the gas pump, it’s a good practice to check your credit card statements or bank account through online banking. If you see criminal behavior call your credit card company immediately and they will work with you on the next steps.

We want our customers to feel protected as they use their South State debit and credit cards. For more information on protecting yourself, visit our Advice Center here.