Is your car WINTER Ready?

1. Test the battery.

On winter’s coldest mornings, your battery needs to be fully charged and in good condition to start the engine. 

2. Check the tire pressure.

As temperatures drop, so will tire pressures—typically by about 1 pound per square inch (PSI) for every 10 degrees. This is why it’s important to check the inflation pressure on your tires regularly during cold weather.

3. Examine antifreeze levels.

Check the coolant in the overflow tank when the engine is cold and turned off. If the level is low, add a 50/50 solution of coolant and water to maintain the necessary antifreeze capability.

4. Apply water repellent to your windshield.

Scraping ice-covered windows can be easier than you think. Apply a water repellent such as Rain-X to all car windows when they’re clean and dry. Then, when you scrape off the ice this winter, it will be much easier.

TIP: Never pour hot water on icy windows—the rapid temperature change could cause them to crack.

5. Clean your headlights.

Cloudy headlights reduce your ability to see and be seen at night, especially in snow and fog. Improve visibility with a headlight restoration kit, which removes the haze from headlight covers. These kits are available at most auto part stores.

6. Let a professional look at your brakes.

Car brakes don’t always give a warning when they’re worn low or experiencing other problems, and you don’t want to discover there’s an issue with them when you’re on an icy road. Have them checked before winter arrives.

7. Prepare an emergency kit.

Always keep an emergency kit stocked for winter weather. Curate your kit to best reflect the climate of your area, or area that you’ll be traveling to. The kit should include:

  • Bag of abrasive material (sand, salt, cat litter) or traction mats
  • Ice scraper with brush (if applicable)
  • Jumper cables
  • Gloves, hats and blankets—enough for everyone who may ride in your car
  • First-aid kit
  • Snow shovel (if applicable)
  • Flashlight with extra batteries
  • Window washer solvent
  • Cloth or roll of paper towels
  • Warning devices (flares or triangles)
  • Drinking water
  • Nonperishable snacks (energy bars or granola bars)
  • Extra clothes
  • Basic toolkit (screwdrivers, pliers, adjustable wrench)
  • Mobile phone preprogrammed with important numbers


Warm In Florida!

East Coast Moving, LLC was happy to see those warmer days in Florida several time in November.

Overall, so many customers are relocating to the northern part of the coast. Mostly to be near family, or for health reasons. They can have that weather from one transplant to others. LOL East Coast Moving still has as many or more, coming to call the Carolinas home. New builds, on waiting lists for apartments and townhomes, storage for the time being; this area is really bustling.

Thank you for your business, since 2003 serving you professionally with passion.

Merry Christmas from the teams at East Coast Moving and Daisy too.


Tracking Hurricane Nicole

As Nicole makes it’s way to the Carolinas, there are a few things to keep in mind.

We are expecting strong rip currents and beach erosion, and as a result, it’s encouraged to stay away from the water. Gusty winds are also on the radar, so it’s a good idea to to remove any outside furniture or any type of debris that could be impacted by strong winds. Also, to help reduce water damage, ensure your gutters and drains are clear.

With the fall season here, there are a lot of leaves already on the ground. These leaves can easy clog the storm drains if blown into them.

This storm is not expected to impact southeastern North Carolina as much as Hurricane Ian did, but it’s still a strong storm that residents should be mindful of.


12 Room Organization Ideas for Your Home

Organize Your Spices.
Opt for a step organizer for spices placed in deep cabinets. A tiered organizer allows you to have easy access to your spices and see the names of all of them at once. 
Transform Your Junk Drawer Into an Everyday Drawer. Instead of calling it a junk drawer, think of it as an everyday necessity drawer.
Employ Over-the-Door Storage.
Taking advantage of doors is an easy way to add storage space.
Add Drawer Dividers for Extra Space. Maximize the storage capacity and organization of your drawers with drawer organizers or dividers.
Color Coordinate Your Closet. It can help you to organize clothes in your closet by color and make them visually appealing. 
Use Hooks to Maximize Wall Space. Hooks are a handy way to utilize wall space, especially if you live in a small home or apartment. 
Incorporate Shoe Boxes. Shoe boxes prevent your shoes from getting dusty and damaged by other shoes being thrown on top of them. 
Fold Your Jeans.
You generally don’t have to worry about jeans getting creased if you fold them. So to keep them organized, store your jeans in a neatly folded stack rather than spending time hanging them. 

File Your T-Shirts.
By folding your T-shirts in such a way that they file one behind another, you can pull out one shirt without the others moving. This also allows you to see what’s on each shirt all at once.
Label Containers for Pet Treats.
Don’t forget to organize your pet items. Since dry pet food bags can be bulky, a great way to keep things neat and organized is to empty the food into a plastic container.
Store Children’s Toys in Bins.
Bins are a terrific way to organize children’s toys in one place. Large items such as stuffed animals, dolls, and sports balls tend to take up a lot of space, and it can be difficult to find a suitable storage spot for them.
Use a Track System for the Garage. Track systems come in different forms, but they all have a horizontal track with different ways to hold items vertically. They often have hooks or clips that allow you to effortlessly hang many items you need in a garage

How to Protect Floors and Carpets When Moving

Here are some things you can use to help protect your floors and carpets:

Furniture sliders – minimize or even eliminate the friction between the object and the floor

Doormats – prevent, as much as possible, dust, mud, water, snow, or other types of debris to be introduced into your home.

Old rugs – keep water or dirt away from the floors below and to provide a protective cushioning barrier against dents and scratches

Floor runners – are made of a special material and have an anti-slip surface on one side to keep them from shifting when in use.

Painter’s Drop cloths – repels the messiest dirt, protects valuable carpet and flooring, durable, long lasting and reusable. You can typically purchase these at local Home Depot & Lowes stores.


9 Simple Steps to Move out in a Month

Step 1: Organize and Clean to Start Preparing to Move Out Start organizing and cleaning your current home as soon as you find out your moving. This way you know what you have and you don’t get overwhelmed by a messy home. Do a deep cleaning in every room, even if the move is a month away. Organizing all the belongings in you home will help you pack like things together more easily than if everything is everywhere.

Step 2: Pack up Decor and Seasonal Items If there are no major holidays coming up before you move, make sure you pack up all of your holiday and seasonal décor and items. Along with out of season clothes and regular décor. If you haven’t already, now is a great time to choose a space in your home to stack all of the boxes that you’ll be packing up before you move.

Step 3: Gather Packing Supplies If you are moving on a budget DO NOT GO OVERBOARD here. You don’t need to buy fancy bubble wrap or packing peanuts or anything like that. Seriously, you don’t, it’s just a waste of money. Use dish towels to help cushion dishes, or you know all those plastic bags you get your groceries in that you don’t want; use those.

Step 4: Pack Up Anything You Know You Won’t Use in the Next Few Weeks This will include, hopefully, most of the items in your kitchen, physical copies of movies, books, and whatever else you may have that you know you could live without for a few weeks. This should be the majority of your packing and should be done before your final week at your old home.

Step 5: Update Address About 2 weeks before you move you should update your address. Along with telling friends and families about your new address, there will be companies and doctors offices that you’ll need to inform, as well.

Step 6: Pack All Non-Essentials At the beginning of your final week in your home, you’ll want to pack up everything that you can live without for a few days; ALL of the non-essentials.

Step 7: Clean Again and Pack All Essentials Once you have the majority of your belongings packed, make sure you do a deep cleaning again. It should be a lot easier this time! Then, the day before you move, pack up the rest of your belongings. Well, all but toothbrushes, stuff to use during your shower, and whatever it is that you may be sleeping on for your last night in your old home.

Step 8: Move Everything to New Home Then comes moving day!

Step 9: Clean Old Home for the Last Time and Fix any Minor Damage The final step you’ll have to worry about concerning your old home; do one more deep clean and fixing any minor damages that may have occurred while living there. AKA making sure there’s no crayon on the walls.


8 End of Summer Cleaning Tips

Once Labor Day has passed and school has started, that pretty much marks the end of summer for most people.   Out with the heat and in with the cooler weather and thoughts of upcoming holidays. The end of summer means trading your sleeveless tops and flip flops for warmer clothes.  With the kids back in school (homeschool or otherwise) we have a little more time for other things, and now is a great time to do an end of summer clean up!

Wash And Store The Beach Towels

Since the outdoor pool and beach season has come to an end, give those beach towels their much-needed cleaning and disinfecting before you prepare them for storage.

Change Your Air Conditioner Filters

After running the air conditioning all summer this is a great time to change your air conditioner filter one last time before winter, too.  Because we all know changing it once a month throughout the summer months will help it work better.

Scrub Your Outdoor Furniture

Give your outdoor furniture a little more love with a thorough cleaning! Remove all the built up debris and keep them looking good by spraying them with an all-purpose cleaner and wiping them down with a damp cloth or sponge.

Sweep The Garage

Clean out your garage and get rid of all the grass and debris that accumulated during the hot weather months.  If you are worrying that cleaning your garage is hard, there are simple ways you can maintain the cleanliness of your garage.

Clean The Barbecue Grill

After days of summer barbecues, your grill could use a serious cleaning to remove all of the cooked-on grit and grime.  

Prevent Your Items From Getting Grimy

You may not be aware but your favorite summer essentials may get grimy and even mildewed if not stored properly.  The floaties, plastic pool toys, and rafts need to be cleaned.

Don’t Forget The Garden

Be sure to clean all of the garden tools.  You want to make sure they are well disinfected so they don’t spread any disease.  It’s a good idea to disinfect them each time you move from one plant to another, too.

Check Your Weather-proofing

Keep your family safe and bring down your utility bills with weatherproofing.  Unnoticeable small leaks can threaten your whole family’s health.