Tips for a Smooth Senior Move

March 19, 2021
  1. Recognize when it is the right time to downsize. The age-old adage that life speeds up the older you get can make it even more difficult to determine when it is time to downsize your home. One minute your house seems too small, and then your kids leave for college and begin careers of their own, and suddenly the thought of walking from one end of the house to the other feels exhausting.
  2. Sort through belongings. Perhaps the most daunting task after making the decision to downsize is sorting through years’ worth of stuff. Maybe you have rooms (and an attic) full of old clothes, books, toys, and appliances that need to be dealt with. One thing is clear: You cannot bring everything with you. Sorting through your possessions to decide what stays and what goes is not only a critical first step in downsizing. One helpful method could be to separate items into one of four categories: keep, sell/give away, storage, and trash.
  3. Pack your remaining possessions for the move. Apart from sorting through mountains of accumulated “stuff,” this can be the second most time-consuming task when it comes to downsizing. Fortunately, this does not necessarily have to be the case. There are highly trained professionals who will do the heavy lifting for you, and you will never have to lift a finger. Let East Coast Moving handle that for you.
  4. Plan for a safe and efficient moving day. When the big day rolls around, you can only prepare so much for the emotions you may experience when saying good-bye to a house full of fond memories. However, you can ensure that your move is completed safely and efficiently by planning.

Brunswick County Las Vegas Night!

December 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic a drawing will be held January 30th   to raffle off a 2020 Chevy Spark, in place of Las Vegas Night.

Our East Coast family has sponsored and attended this event annually. For this special adapted event, we will be purchasing tickets for the drawing for all our employees.  What fun!!!

Do not miss your chance to get entered in the drawing. Tickets are available from Shallotte Rotary Club $25.00 for 1 ticket, $50.00 for 3 tickets, or a $100 for eight.

These tickets can be purchased online at the http://www.shallotterotaryclub.com or by calling 910-755-7557.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 1, 2020

Pearl Harbor is a U.S. naval base near Honolulu, Hawaii, that was the scene of a devastating surprise attack by Japanese forces on December 7, 1941. Just before 8 a.m. on that Sunday morning, hundreds of Japanese fighter planes descended on the base, where they managed to destroy or damage nearly 20 American naval vessels, including eight battleships, and over 300 airplanes. More than 2,400 Americans died in the attack, including civilians, and another 1,000 people were wounded. The day after the assault, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to declare war on Japan.

The Japanese failed to cripple the Pacific Fleet. By the 1940s, battleships were no longer the most important naval vessel: Aircraft carriers were, and it happened, all the Pacific Fleet’s carriers were away from the base on December 7. (Some had returned to the mainland and others were delivering planes to troops on Midway and Wake Islands). Pearl harbor assault had left the base’s most vital onshore facilities- oil storage depots, repair shops, shipyards, and submarine docks. As a result, U.S Navy was able to rebound relatively quickly from the attack.

Thanksgiving History

November 25, 2020

Thanksgiving is the time of year to practice gratitude, spend time with family. Eat way more than you thought possible, and of course enjoy some football. When people think of Thanksgiving, most remember the story of the Pilgrims and the Indians at Plymouth Rock. The Pilgrims first arrived in America on December 11,1620. Not prepared for the winter they were to face. Out of the 102 who arrived on the Mayflower, forty-six of the people who died during the first few months. Despite the devastation, they had a good harvest, partly in thanks to the Indians who lived nearby.

They had a traditional British Feast in thanks to God for surviving and the blessings of provisions that would see them through the winter. Thanksgiving menu, they had more meat than vegetables, including venison, fish, and wild foul. They probably did not have much in the way of deserts, as they did not have a lot of flour or sugar on hand. They probably had some fruits and corn. Instead of pumpkin pie they had boiled pumpkin.

It was not until 1863 that what we know as Thanksgiving now. That is when the last Thursday in November was proclaimed the National Thanksgiving Holiday this was done by Abraham Lincoln. It was celebrated on this date for 75 years until President Roosevelt set the day one week earlier to lengthen the shopping period between Thanksgiving and Christmas to help businesses. So now Thanksgiving is observed on the 4th Thursday of every November. Thanksgiving Day is a day that is set aside for people to give thanks with feasting and prayers for the blessings that they have received during the year. We want to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving from our East Coast family to yours! Our main office is closed on Thursday Nov. 26th,2020. In observance of our holiday season!

Welcome Coastal Walk Marketplace!

November 17, 2020

We are so excited to see more businesses opening up on Main Street in Shallotte! Coastal Walk Marketplace is the new shopping center going up right across the street from Shallotte Crossing at the main intersection.

Some of the new stores that have already opened are Hobby Lobby, Ross, Burkes Outlet and PetSmart! Please go support these new businesses in town if you get the chance! A few more businesses are going to open up there next year, like Rack Room Shoes, Starbucks, Marshall’s, Ulta and an AspenDental.

Also to open up in Shallotte next year are a Chick-fil-A and Cook Out! We look forward to these businesses becoming a part of our growing town!

Thank you, Veterans!

November 10, 2020
Graphic thanking veterans for their service

Hello November!!

November 3, 2020
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay

We are looking forward to a wonderful month! As Thanksgiving approaches, the weather is getting chilly again. We hope you all stay nice and warm despite the cold!

The holidays can sometimes sneak up on us. Make sure you make your plans ahead of time to avoid that last-minute rush!

Our business will be closed for Thanksgiving Day, so if you need us, feel free to give us a call before then! A smooth move with us, it’s a “shore” thing!

Prevent a Spooky, Scary Moving Day

October 27, 2020

Find a moving company that is licensed and insured – Don’t take chances with companies not licensed with the U.S. DOT, they should have their DOT number in a visible place on their website.

These are PROFESSIONAL and certified moving companies.  Don’t let just anyone move you.  It’s easy to have piece of mind when you know your items will be properly taken care of.

Especially when moving to a new state, make sure you have all vital paperwork and documentation with you.  Don’t leave it with the movers, otherwise you may not have it when you need it.

Plan ahead!  Start the preparation process as soon as possible.  Don’t wait until the last minute to try booking your move with a moving company.  Dates fill up fast and early for most good quality movers, at LEAST a month ahead of time is suggested for contacting companies to book your move.

Know what you are and are not packing yourselves.  Breakables like  lamps, glass table tops, dishes, TVs, pictures or artwork all require extra care.. some of these you can carefully pack or box yourself with proper padding to keep them safe.  But for everything else, remember that packing services and materials provided by moving companies are usually the most expensive part of a move.

You can always move out of your house and into a storage unit before you go into your new home.  If you choose to do this, make sure to do your research to find storage facilities that have the best reviews and lowest prices near you.  Your moving company can usually give you some good suggestions for places to start your search.

If you’re moving into or out of an apartment building, always talk to someone about any requirements, rules or suggestions they have for the movers and their truck on your move day.  Including parking and elevator usage.  Communicate this conversation to your moving company so that both sides know what will be happening.

Do a full sweep of your house before you leave it for good to make sure nothing was missed. For more information, visit this site.

When you are ready to move, East Coast Moving will be here when you need us! A smooth move with us, is a “shore” thing!

-East Coast Moving Team

Southport-Oak Island’s Fall Restaurant Week is Here!

October 19, 2020

We are very excited to support our fellow Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce members as they kick off their flavorful Fall Restaurant Week event today! Participating restaurants will be offering either

  • Special menu items only offered during Fall Restaurant Week
  • Special price points
  • Or pre-fixed dining options including multiple courses – offered at one price point

This event is an excellent way to get out of the house and enjoy your local cuisine. It’ll be held Monday, October 19th through Sunday, October 25th.

For more information on the restaurants participating and to get the full guide to the Fall Restaurant Week, visit www.sptokirestaurantweek.com . We hope to see you there!

Beautiful Autumn Mums

October 5, 2020
Photo by saifullah hafeel from Pexels

Autumn is in full swing and one of its signature flowers is ready to bloom! Here are some tips to help you care for your potted mums this season!

  • To prolong the blooms, keep the plant in bright indirect light, rather than full sun.
  • Water Mums from Bottom: Protect your mums from rain, and water them carefully without splashing the foliage or blooms. This will help keep the blooms from spotting and browning.
  • Buy Hardy Perrenial Mums. They will last longer in this season and come back to bloom even bolder in the spring!

Happy gardening!