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Moving in the Summer Do’s and Don’ts.

The majority of moves in America happen sometime between Memorial Day and Labor Day. While moving in the summer is a lot easier for most families it can also be downright miserable thanks to the season’s unbearable heat. Here are some do’s and don’ts so your move can go more smoothly.

  • Hire professionals to help with the heavy lifting, so that you can concentrate on moving matters.
  • Don’t forget water bottles for yourself and the movers.
  • Apply sunscreen if you plan on being outside for most of your move day.
  • Don’t plan on moving during a holiday weekend. Not only will there be less movers and truck rentals available to help with your move but think of the traffic!
  • Don’t wear heavy fabrics on moving day it is not the time to be uncomfortable!
  • Turn the AC on in your new home if you are close enough. The last thing you’ll want is to arrive at a home that’s incredibly hot. If you are not close to your new home be sure to turn on the AC as soon as you arrive.

Enjoy your summer and happy moving!

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Shallotte River Walk Project Finishing In July

A Brunswick County project is finally finishing up after 13 years of planning. According to Shallotte’s Mayor Walter Eccard, the Riverwalk is going to be completed by July of this year. Eccard said that so many locals have been asking when the Riverwalk will finally open, making it a highly anticipated project!

The Riverwalk should draw more and more tourists when it opens during the summer. It could also lead to more growth of Shallotte’s economy. I know we are all excited here at East Coast Moving!

The project will connect to Mulberry Park off Main Street, weaving its way along the river. There are so many benefits to walking in nature, it’s free, it can boost energy levels, and also uplift your spirits and also,…. it’s free!

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11 Very Important Things To Do After Moving

Moving to a new house can be incredibly stressful. When you first arrive, you will want to open that bottle of wine and celebrate! BUT, with good organization, that will happen sooner rather than later. When you arrive to your new home it is always important to make a checklist with all the necessary things to do to ease the stress. Here are some ways to turn that stress to success!!

  • Get your utilities up and running.

  • Unpack the essentials. (The best thing about unpacking is that you can complete it at a much more comfortable pace.)

  • Locate the fuse box, propane shutoff, and the main water supply shut off.

  • Help your pets adjust. Try to pay more attention to their needs and spend as much time with them as possible)
  • Update your address with post office.

  • Update voter registration.

  • Register your car and get a new license.

  • Locate and choose a good health care provider.

  • Install a home security system. (learn how to use it also; those things can be complicated!)

  • Greet your new neighbors. (Inviting them over for coffee is always a great start)

  • Write a moving review. (Once the chaos is behind you, you should take time and rate your movers. This way, you can help others make their choice easier and better)
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Average hurricane season now consists of more storms, NOAA says.

As we all know Atlantic hurricane season is upon us! Starting June 1st through November 30th. The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting an above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Experts expect a

  • 60% chance of an above-normal season
  • 30% chance of a near-normal season
  • 10% chance of a below-normal season

NOAA provides these ranges with a 70% certainty.

It is predicted that 13 to 20 small storms in the Atlantic;

6-10 of which could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher)

Including 3 to 5 major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5; with winds of 111 mph or higher) is expected.

Now is the time for communities along the coastline as well as inland to get ready for the threats that hurricanes can bring!

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FUEL CONSERVATION TIPS DUE TO COLONIAL PIPELINE CYBER ATTACK

Fuel stations in the southeastern United States faced major outages Wednesday as one of the largest US fuel pipelines forced a shutdown of all operations after a ransomware cyberattack. Brunswick county and neighboring areas continue to see decreased fuel supplies. As gas becomes more and more scarce try to remain patient and conserve your fuel as much as possible.

HERE ARE TIPS FROM THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY ON WAYS YOU CAN CONSERVE FUEL:

•  Minimize idling your car by turning off your engine when your vehicle is parked for more than 10 seconds. Idling can use a quarter to a half gallon of fuel per hour, depending on engine size and air conditioner use, adding up to three cents of wasted fuel a minute.

•   Drive sensibly and avoid aggressive driving, such as speeding, rapid acceleration, and hard braking. Aggressive driving  can lower your highway gas mileage by up to 33% and your city mileage by 5%.

•   Avoid high speeds. Above 50 mph, gas mileage drops rapidly. For every 5 mph above 50 mph, it’s like paying an additional $0.19 per gallon of gasoline.

•   Reduce drag by placing items inside the car or trunk rather than on roof racks, which can decrease your fuel economy by up to 8% in city driving and up to 25% at Interstate speeds.

•    Avoid keeping heavy items in your car; an extra 100 pounds in your vehicle could increase your gas costs by up to $.03 cents per gallon.

•    Combine errands. Several short trips, each one taken from a cold start, can use twice as much fuel as one trip covering the same distance when the engine is warm.

•       Check into telecommuting, carpooling, public transit and active transportation like bicycling or walking to save on fuel and car maintenance costs

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Lets Get Organized!

Does it “Spark Joy”?

When people lead busy lives, their homes sometimes become cluttered with things piling up over time. It happens to the best of us! In order to take the first step in organization first find what “sparks joy.” if that item doesn’t spark joy then it’s time to let it go! Not only does this method work great for your home but for your storage unit as well! As Marie Kondo put it in her book, “The Art of Tidying Up,” you look at the object in question and if that object does nothing for you emotionally, bid a grateful farewell. So lets clear out the clutter and start choosing joy!

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Tips for a Smooth Senior Move

  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.

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Brunswick County Las Vegas Night!

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.

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National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

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.

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Thanksgiving History

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!