Tips for Preparing Your Appliances for your Movers

January 16, 2019

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Refrigerator

Unplug the fridge approximately two days before your moving date. Then disconnect the power cord and water lines and start to remove everything inside. Give the machine a good wash and then dry it out as best as possible. Check the water reservoir and evaporator pan and empty if necessary. Once completely dry, vacuum out any leftover debris as well as the condenser and filter at the back of the appliance. Your mover will determine placement of your refrigerator.

Dishwasher

A week before your move, you should run your last cycle in the dishwasher. After the cycle is complete and the machine has cooled, clean the catcher, wipe down the machine, and let it completely dry out. Once all the moisture has evaporated, disconnect and drain the hoses, wrap, and store them back inside the dishwasher. Depending on the type of racks you have, you may be able to tape these down, otherwise, remove and pack for transit.

The Stove and Oven

Gas stoves will need to have a certified technician disconnect the lines to prevent a gas leak from occurring. When this has been completed, you can then start to remove all the parts inside. If you own an electric model, you will first need to disconnect the power chord before removing the parts.

Washing Machine

Disconnect the power cord and then drain the hoses. Wipe down the inside and outside of the washer and allow it to dry. Then wrap the end of the hoses with a towel and place inside the washer.

Dryer

Clean out the lint screen and wipe down the inside of the dryer. You may want to use a vacuum if there’s a significant amount of lint on the inside. Then disconnect the power chord if you own an electric model. For a gas dryer, you’ll need to arrange for a licensed technician to disconnect and reconnect the lines.

 

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Business EXPO

January 9, 2019

Brunsco Has It! The Brunswick County Chamber will host its Annual Business Expo that provides all of your business, personal, home, and service needs in one place. See everything Brunswick County has to offer!

Save the date for our 2019 Brunsco Has It Business Expo on Saturday, February 9th at Shallotte Middle School.

The Expo showcases over 70 vendors including Brunsco Bites where your local restaurants, caterers and food purveyors showcase some of their signature items.

Admission to the Expo is FREE
Attendees will receive a Brunsco Bite ticket upon entry good for one visit to each food vendor

First 150 entrants receive a Shop Small Bag filled with goodies! (1 bag per family)

 

How to Prepare for the Movers

January 3, 2019

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1. Properly pack/box up your breakables
Unless your move includes a full packing service, it’ll be up to you to properly protect via
box the breakable parts of your belongings before the movers arrive. Furniture & boxes
should be ready for loading by your moving team.
2. Let the movers know where to park
Parking – this simple yet oh-so-important detail is often overlooked during the moving
process. You’ll need to make sure the movers have a spot to park their large truck. If
this isn’t in your own personal driveway, you’ll need to secure a parking pass for street
parking or special permission for parking in a shared driveway. Check low hanging
trees that you may need to trim. Also confirm newly poured driveways are good for the
weight of a moving truck with your contractor.
3. Prepare and protect your house
Before the movers arrive, it’s up to you to properly prepare and protect both your old
and new home. If the weather brings rain, snow, ice or sleet, you’ll need to keep your
home free of water and soil damage. Some Shippers put out sheets of paper or
blankets or tarps on the floors, doorsteps, entryway and hallway. No matter the weather,
I recommend covering hardwood floors as the movers will have to keep their shoes on
for safety.
4. Make sure your furniture will fit through the door
Chances are, a professional moving company will be able to get your furniture out of
your old home and into your new one without a problem. However, if doorways are
particularly small or furniture particularly bulky and large, your movers may need a
heads up. This way they can plan ahead and bring the right supplies for your move. If
something physically does not fit it will not be moved. It is your responsibility to know if
the goods will safely, physically fit and their approximate weight and dimension.
5. Plan for your pets
Don’t forget your pets! Before the movers arrive, make sure to have a plan for your pet
on moving day. Keep in mind that the movers will need to be able to leave the front door
wide open while they load and unload their trucks. Unfortunately, this will make it
especially easy for loose pets to escape outside.
6. Have cash on hand for tipping
Do you have to tip your movers? No, of course not. But for movers who do an excellent
job, what better way to show your appreciation than with some dollar bills? Before the
movers arrive, plan to have cash on hand.

Moving Day Etiquette: 5 Things Movers Want You to Know

December 21, 2018

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  1. Let them do their job

How can you help your movers the most? Just let them do their job! You may think you know just the way to get everything done perfectly, but you hired full-service movers for a reason. They are trained professionals who’ve moved many couches, boxes, and fragile items, so step aside! You’ll feel less stressed, and they won’t feel micromanaged.

  1. Finish packing before moving day

Do your movers pack for you? They do when you pay for a full-service move. If you chose not to splurge on the additional cost of packing services, make sure you finish your part of the work before they show up.

  1. Always tell the movers or label the box clearly if something is fragile

If your movers were psychic, they probably wouldn’t be your movers, so if something is fragile or requires gentle handling for any other reason, tell them! They need to know clearly and ahead of time so write it, mark it or say it, and do it sooner rather than later.

  1. Make sure they have easy, hassle-free access

Assist your movers by making sure you know where they can park their truck, how they can best access your apartment, and if there are any time limitations on parking or moving hours.

  1. Empty your drawers, armoires, and desks

Not only does it make the item heavier for your movers, it can also pose a danger with sliding drawers and shifting content. As a result, most movers won’t handle furniture or filing cabinets that still have things in them.

Moving? Let the packing begin

December 13, 2018

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The most fearsome aspect of a move is the packing–just the thought of this daunting task may make you shudder.

Purge the junk

It’s much easier to get organized and start the packing process if there are fewer things to pack. Downsizing is not only the best way to make your packing duties simpler, but it can help save money on a lighter load to haul.

Get your supplies

Before you begin packing, you will need to acquire the appropriate materials. You’ll need the following:

  • Boxes
  • Packing paper
  • Packing tape
  • Markers for labeling
  • Bubble wrap for breakables

Start slow

Packing is a huge job, but there’s no reason it has to feel that way. Set a deadline for yourself and then begin the packing process in advance so you can take your time and work slowly. This will alleviate the pressure of working furiously against the clock to finish your packing in time.

Pack least important to most important

Begin by packing things you don’t use every day, such out-of-season clothing, books, DVDs and CDs, collectibles, knickknacks and decorations that have no utility or serve no purpose other than ornamental.

Be sure to label

Label each and every box with the room and contents immediately after you pack it. The entire process will be much easier and less stressful if know you have packed something already. It will also make unpacking a breeze

 

How to Move in Bad Weather Without Destroying Your Stuff or Your Sanity

December 7, 2018

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How to Move in Bad Weather

Without Destroying Your Stuff or Your Sanity

  1. Protect your stuff- your movers typically have quilted pads for protection but that will not keep anything dry.
  2. Clear your walkways and driveways – for safety of all involved and your goods too!
  3. Set up a staging area ahead of movers’ arrival for ease of loading around good and poor weather windows.
  4. Often your Supervisor will need to call it quits for a period of time, but their concern is your goods safety as well as their own.

Marketing Tips!

November 28, 2018

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The Power of Video Marketing

December 6, 2018

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

https://blogs.constantcontact.com/event/The+Power+of+Video+Marketing_70139000001IpREAA0/

You’ll see how video can be used to reduce operational costs and bring your marketing efforts to new heights!

Dos and Do nots when moving.

November 21, 2018

1. Let them do their job
2. Finish packing before moving day
3. Carry cash, jewelry, and prescription medications with you
4. Label the boxes with their intended destination
5. Always tell the movers or label the box clearly if something is fragile
6. Make sure they have easy, hassle-free access
7. Don’t pack heavy items in large boxes
8. Empty your drawers, armoires, and desks
9. Don’t disappear on your

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movers

Prepare now for future weather issues.

October 29, 2018

Tips to help prepare before emergency evacuation

For peace of mind during an emergency such as a hurricane, try to complete as many of these tasks as possible, while it’s still safe to do so, before evacuating your home.

Document your belongings. FEMA suggests taking photos or video of what’s in your home to provide useful documentation if you must make an insurance claim. Take pictures of each room from different angles, individual shots of valuable items, and in the case of electronics, a shot of the model number and the serial number.

Clear your yard. Make sure water can flow away from your home by storing loose debris like patio furniture, grills, bikes, and planters inside. You don’t want anything to become a projectile or potentially blocking storm drains because any water buildup could cause your home to flood.

Brace every opening. Cover all your home’s windows. Additionally, seal any cracks around windows and door frames. Open holes in a house during a hurricane can cause depressurization – the calm air on the inside meets a whirlwind on the outside – which can cause a house to collapse.

Elevate items that rust or corrode. Unplug appliances and move any portable appliances and electronics to higher ground. TVs, speakers, and generators need to be several feet off the ground, such as on counter tops or on the second level of your home in case of the ground floor floods.

Turn off the power and water lines. FEMA recommends shutting off the electricity and main water valve if you can do so safely before evacuating. To turn off power, find your circuit breaker panel and set the main circuit switch to off. To shut off the main water valve, find the water meter typically mounted on the side of your house, then the water main valve below it, connected by a pipe. You may need to use a wrench to turn the valve clockwise to shut off the water supply.

For more assistance and advice see FEMA website and WordPress posts.

 

Halloween fun in Myrtle Beach SC

October 18, 2018

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Huntington’s Haunted Halloween

Head over to Huntington’s Haunted Halloween for a spooky good time! Families and friends are invited to explore two separate haunted houses, play games, catch a movie on the big screens plus enjoy bonfires, and much more!

This event will take place from 6-9 pm on Friday & Saturday, October 26 & 27.

Location: The Newland House – 19820 Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach