Proper Packing of Your Fragile Items

February 17, 2017

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  • Quality Boxes
  • Packing Tape 
  • Packing Paper
  • Bubble Wrap
  • Scissors

Plates:

Pack vertically, wrapped in bubble wrap with packing paper between each plate.

Glasses:

Wrap individually, packing paper crumbled inside each glass and wrapped in a layer of packing paper.

Lamps:

Wrap shades flat side down, with lots of packing paper. Wrap the base in a couple layers of bubble wrap, and secure with packing tape, then place in a box similar in size to the base.

Pictures/Frames:

Line boxes with packing paper, add packing paper in-between frames/pictures, if over 3ft secure with a moving blanket.

Specialty Items:

Put a few layers of bubble wrap around your item and secure with tape. Add a layer of pliable cardboard to the top and bottom of your Fragile Labelpiece and secure with tape. Place the item gently in a packing paper lined box.

Love for your home!

February 7, 2017

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, show your home some love too!

-Buy your home some flowers!
A few flowers beside your bed or on your kitchen table could roseschange your mood for the entire day!

-Perfume!
Wax melters, oil diffusers, candles, or even a pot of boiling water with lemon and sage are wonderful ways to make you fall back in love with your home.

-Cook it dinner!
Cooking makes your home feel more festive and alive! If you don’t want to make a four-course dinner, try a batch of cookies!

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Create playlists to set moods. Relaxing music, cleaning music, music to wake you up in the morning and music that makes you want to dance are only a few playlist suggestions.

-A warm bath!
Deep cleaning your home makes you feel all warm and tingly on the inside! Really wash the windows, or oil your butcher block and wooden furniture, or, shampoo your carpet and area rugs.

-A little jewelry never hurts!
Getting tiny balsam or lavender throw pillows for your bed, tiny vases, a really big coffee cup, pretty rocks or gems to put on a coffee table love-home

Safety Circles!!

February 3, 2017

How to Properly Navigate Single-Lane and Multi-Lane Roundabouts

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Single-Lane

  1. Slow down as you approach a roundabout.
    -At this point, you will typically see a “yield” and “round
    about ahead” sign.
    -Speed limit is typically between 15-20mph
  2. Look left for incoming traffic.roundabout-sign
    -Traffic in the roundabout has the right-of-way.
    -If empty (or open) chance to move forward arises, take it.
  3. Use Turn Signal at you desired exit.
    -Turn signals warn other drivers of your intentions.
    -Safety precaution helping to avoid accidents.

Multi-Lane

  1. Yield to both lanes of traffic.
  2. Choose which lane to enter based on desired exit.
    -Left lane: Used to turn left, make a U-Turn, or stay straight.
    -Right lane: Used to turn right or stay straight.

Helpful Warnings!

  1. If an emergency vehicle is entering or has already entered the roundabout, DO NOT STOP! Exit the roundabout as you had previously planned and pull over once you have completely left the roundabout.
  2. NEVER drive next to or behind a large vehicle.
    -Large trucks make wide turns and you may end up being in their blind spot!
  3. Stay in your lane.
    -You cannot (should not) change lanes once inside the roundabout.
  4. DO NOT stop inside of a roundabout!
    -This could cause congestion and accidents.
  5. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalk.
  6. The circle in the middle of the roundabouts exists to help pedestrians safely cross the road.

Cyclists:

*If you’re a cyclist, you have two options.*
1. Enter the roundabout as if you were a vehicle. Remain centered in the so vehicles have a better chance of seeing you. 
 2. Exit roadway. If you’re uncomfortable navigating the roundabout on a bicycle, use the crosswalks.

Pedestrians:

 1. Look left, when there’s a clear shot, go to the middle of the roundabout. 
 2. Look right when you reach your desired exit direction, and exit the roundabout. 

 

 

Original Article found from:
http://www.wikihow.com/Navigate-a-Roundabout

 

BCAR Update 25th, 2017

January 26, 2017

 

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Brunswick County Association of REALTORS® releases real estate statistics for December, 2016.

“Brunswick County’s real estate market is starting off 2017 in strong swing. Brunswick County’s real estate numbers revealed slow, steady growth throughout 2016. These numbers are the hallmarks of a healthy real estate market and we look forward to continued growth in the new year.” -BCAR CEO Cynthia Walsh

Numbers in all categories remained flat in the first quarter of 2016. Market began warming up in the second quarter with modest gains and from warm to hot in third and fourth quarters. Total sales volume for the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 5% over the same period the prior year.

While the number of listings in 2016 decreased 5% from 2015, number of units sold increased by 2%. Additionally, the average sales price remained static, and the average number of days on market dropped to a 5-year low of 116 days. The absorption rate, or number of months’ supply of active homes for sale, was down to an over five year low of 7 months. This means if sales continue at current pace and no new listings were added, it would take 7 months to sell the entire inventory. Statistically speaking, 6 months’ supply is considered healthy according to Walsh.

Brunswick County:
-Single Family Sales–Units Sold
December 2016: 317
-Single Family Sales–Average Sale Price
December 2016: 256,014
-Single Family Sales–Total Sales Volume
December 2016: 83,720,000

Bladen County:
-Single Family Sales–Units Sold
December 2016: 2
-Single Family Sales–Average Sale Price
December 2016: 212,750
-Single Family Sales–Total Sales Volume
December 2016: 425,500

Columbus County:
-Single Family Sales–Units Sold
December 2016: 18
-Single Family Sales–Average Sale Price
December 2016: 107,093
-Single Family Sales–Total Sales Volume
December 2016: 1,930,000

 

 

 

First Night in a New Place

January 20, 2017

Your “first night” box is essential! 

Home cleanthe-move-in-box-of-essentialsing and maintenance:
Before you settle into your new space, you may want to do some cleaning and maintenance. Pack a basic cleaning kit including rags, surface cleaners, bleach, dish soap, gloves, and trash bags to give your home a quick scrub down.

You may also be prepared to hang pictures and perform basic household repairs by packing a toolbox with hanging hardware, a couple hangers, hammers, screwdrivers, pliers and a rechargeable drill.

Additionally, if this is your first time inspecting your new space, you’ll want to be prepared with extra bulbs, flashlights. There is no guarantee that you’l have light in every room on night one.

Food and drink:
Pack Protein-rich snacks like jerky or almonds along with plenty of cold water to keep everyone hydrated.

Using paper plates, napkins, and plastic cups and silverware will eliminate the need to wash dishes after your first night’s meal.

Hygiene Basics:
You’ll need more than toothbrush and toothpaste, soap, and shampoo to be comfortable after a long day of moving. The toiletries are indispensable, but clean bed linens, towels and toilet paper should be set aside for your first night as well.

A clean shower curtain will also come in handy if your new house doesn’t have built-in shower doors.

Last, but not le1st-day-essentialsast, you’ll need a first aid kit, complete with and prescription medications, pain killers, and band-aids for moving mishaps.

When all is said and done, make sure your “first night box” is the last one loaded onto the truck. You’ll want to dig into it as soon as you arrive to your new home.

Las Vegas Night

January 18, 2017

Once a year the Rotary Club of Shallotte host’s the #1 FUNdraiser in Brunswick County.  East Coast Moving is a proud “Diamond” Sponsor.  The night is filled with over 28 Las Vegas Gaming tables, outstanding food and appetizers (served at your tables along with tableside cocktail service), terrific Door Prizes for each guest, the best Silent Auction in Brunswick County, a new LIVE Auction, Horse Races and well, so much more. Hosted again by Jon Evans from WECTV in Wilmington, this year’s event will raise over $80,000 for local people in need.

 

Tickets are $75 each, call (910) 755-7557 today so we can pull a few tickets and set them aside for you.Come join us at Planet Fun and see it transformed into the #1 event center in Brunswick County!

 

“MOVING” in Rainy Weather Tips

September 21, 2016

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 Clear all Pathways

As autumn approaches and the leaves are falling, make sure to clear pathways of all debris. Movers are more prone to slip on wet leaves.                                       

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Prepare for Rain                                                                 

Moving on a rainy day can be stressful, but you don’t have to cancel or postpone your move because of rain.

  • Use a reliable / professional moving company that your move will be smooth in rainy weather.
  • Prepare for the move to take a little longer.
  • Use the right boxes (i.e. plastic or laminated or use plastic containers). Cardboard boxes get soggy when wet.
  • Shrink wrap to protect your furniture.
  • Wear waterproof shoes with nonskid soles.
  • Plan for short breaks to dry off and have something to drink to rehydrate.
  • If possible, have an indoor and outdoor moving team to avoid tramping mud or water into the house.
  • Drive Carefully.                                                  rain16

 

 

 

“MOVING” into Fall at your house

September 15, 2016

 

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Festive fall decorations with pumpkins and gourds

Use creative ideas and unusual materials to personalize your Halloween decorations and Thanksgiving centerpieces. Add decorative balls, sea shells, rocks, large buttons, lace and ribbons in white, orange, yellow, red and purple colors to your pumpkin and gourd centerpiece ideas. Anything that will match your holiday table decoration theme is perfect to combine with pumpkins, gourds, fall vegetables and fruits.

 

 

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Simple and cheap fall decorations created with natural materials

 

 

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Pumpkin and flower arrangements, fall table decorations and centerpieces

Strong and elegant, spectacular and bright, these fall flowers can demonstrate the beauty of the fall season and add amazing accents to fall home decorating ideas. Flower arrangements with mums and chrysanthemums help emphasize the gracious elegance of roses and lilies, blending various shaped into glamorous floral table centerpieces.

 

 

 

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Fall leaves in glass vase, colorful fall table centerpiece idea

Dried fall leaves are a wonderful way to add bold accents to room colors and brighten up interior decorating. Dried autumn leaves make fantastic table decorations. They look great on doors, windows and walls. Dried fall leaves are the colorful natural material for making garlands and hanging home decorations. Fireplace decorating with fall leaves look impressive. Wall mirrors, bed headboards, shelves, windows and doors with wreaths and garlands made with colorful fall leaves turn ordinary home furnishings and architectural features into spectacular centerpieces.

 

 

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Outdoor party table decoration, Thanksgiving decorating ideas

Dried leaves, chestnuts, pine cones, acorns, white and red berries, evergreen branches and dried grass or moss can be added to dried fall leaves and blooming in fall flowers for creating beautiful arrangements and table decorations. Natural materials are perfect for enhancing fall decorating with natural colors, interesting shapes and fabulous textures.

 

 

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Natural fall table centerpiece ideas with leaves and apples for Green living space decorating.

 

 

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Simple Fall table decoration, gourds and apples centerpiece idea

A simple jack-o-lantern centerpiece or arrangements with fresh flowers and fall vegetables are great ways to spend time with kids and save money on fall   decorating. Flower and candles centerpieces with colorful pumpkins and gourds look dramatic, while roasted pumpkin seeds make a crunchy and healthy snack.

 

 

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Pumpkin bowl with ice and small gourds for fall party table decoration

 

 

Colorful fireplace decorating in vintage style

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Fall decorations for fireplace mantel in vintage style

Fall decorating in vintage style can be simple and elegant. Fall leaves and ceramic pumpkin decorations, combined with a bright fall leaves wreath and decorating accessories in vintage style that you have in your home enhance the spirit of the season, creating calming, beautiful and inviting fireplace decorating.

 

 

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Apple and berries, harvest inspired handmade heart decorations for doors, fences, windows or walls.

 

 

 

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Creative fall crafts and ideas to make home decorations and table centerpiece with acorns

 

 

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Floral centerpiece with pumpkin, moss and apples for fall table decoration

Your Thanksgiving table centerpiece ideas can be different, adding bold splashes of color, texture and surprising details to any of your floral arrangements or table decorations. Here is a collection of a few unique and easy Thanksgiving centerpieces for fall celebrations and table decoration in simple and elegant eco style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Essential Things You Should have in Your Emergency Kit

September 2, 2016

Water – Water is the most important thing you will need in your emergency kit, but it is also the hardest to store. Your regular water source could be contaminated and there may not be any electricity to run water. You’ll need water to bathe, drink and flush toilets. Bottled water is best. You can leave a bath tub full as a reserve.

Food – Canned soup and vegetables, boxed cereal, crackers, bread, peanut butter and other nonperishable food should be included in your emergency kit. Store at least three days’ worth of food. Don’t pack foods with a lot of sodium that will make you thirsty.

First Aid Kit – You should have a first aid kit to treat minor injuries. Bandages, ointment, burn ointment and other supplies should be in your first aid kit. You should also keep prescription medication doses in your kit in case you can’t access a drug store.

Flashlights – If your power goes out you will need to have some form of lighting. Keep flashlights handy in your emergency kit, along with batteries to power them.

Blankets – Every person in your home should have a blanket, especially if you live in a colder area. Keep extra clothing as a part of your emergency kit as well. Store pillows and bedding for extra comfort during and after the storm.

Cash & Gasoline– After a storm, banks and gas stations may not be open and ATM’s may not work. Keep cash in your emergency kit. Before a storm hits, be sure to go to the bank or ATM and withdraw money and fill your automobile’s gas tank. Some businesses may reopen after a storm even if they don’t have power, but without power, your credit cards will be useless to purchase anything.

Utensils – You don’t want to be using your fingers to dig in cans to eat. Also a manual can opener is ideal.

Tape and Plywood – you may need to ready the house/damage control – use tape on the inside of some windows and board up any outside open spaces to ensure flying debris does no damage, and to keep out water and winds of course.

Entertainment – grab some old board games to keep you busy and distracted, after all its a great time to kick back with your family – because, well you have to.

20 Ways to save $ for a new home, while you rent

April 22, 2016

The first step in saving for a down payment is figuring out how much you need to save, based on how much home you can afford and which loan programs you’re eligible for. Then you can take these 20 steps to reach that savings goal to buy a home.

  1. Pay Down Credit Card Debt

“If you’re carrying credit card debt, you probably want to attack that first before thinking about saving,” said Jason van den Brand, CEO of online mortgage refinancing company Lenda. This might seem counterintuitive when your goal is to boost your savings, but there are two big benefits to tackling high-interest debt.

First, the payoff for eliminating credit card debt with a double-digit interest rate is much higher than the return you’d get from putting your money into a savings account — about 1%, at best, van den Brand said. Once your debt is paid off, you’ll have a lot more money freed up in your budget to set aside for a down payment.

Second, paying down your debt will improve your chances of getting a mortgage because it can boost your credit score and lower your debt-to-income ratio, which van den Brand said are big factors lenders consider when deciding whether you qualify for a loan.

  1. Save Your Raise

If you get a pay raise, don’t consider it a license to spend more. Instead, have the extra amount automatically deposited into savings each month and continue living on your old income level. For example, if you earn $40,000 annually and get a 3% raise (the average for 2016), you’d have $1,200 in “extra” income that you could save.

If you’ve been with your employer for a while and think you deserve an even bigger raise, ask for it. Making more money is one of the key ways to boost your savings for a down payment, van den Brand said. Prepare yourself before asking for a raise by checking websites such as Salary.com and Payscale.com to see what others in similar positions are earning. Then, make a list of what you’ve contributed to the company to bolster your case for higher pay.

  1. Stash Your Tax Refund

Most taxpayers get a tax refund from the federal government, and the average amount has been around $2,800 or so for the past several years, according to IRS data. So if you’re getting a check from Uncle Sam this year, resist the urge to spend it. Instead, take advantage of this quick and easy source of cash to boost your savings.

  1. Keep More of Your Paycheck

If you usually get a big refund each spring, that means you’re letting the IRS hang on to too much of your paycheck during the year, interest-free. You can keep that money and put it into a savings account, where it can earn interest, by adjusting your tax withholding. You’d boost your paycheck by about $230 a month if you get the average refund of $2,800.

File a new W-4 form with your employer to claim additional allowances and get less tax withheld. IRS.gov has a withholding calculator you can use to figure out how many allowances to claim.

  1. Get a Roommate

Another way to boost your income so you can increase your savings is to get a roommate. Paula Paquin, a personal finance expert and founder ofReachFinancialIndependence.com, said she took in a couple of roommates when she was saving for a house.

“It was either this, or moving to a smaller rented place and saving the difference,” she said. “At $500 a month, the sacrifice was well worth it.”

Read More: How I Saved $30,000 for a Home Down Payment in 5 Months

  1. Rent Out Your Apartment on Airbnb

If you often travel for work, let your apartment earn money for you when you’re not at home by renting it out on Airbnb. The amount you earn will depend on where you live and how often you can rent your space. But it can be an easy way to add more money to your down payment savings.

Download the Airbnb app, snap a few pictures of your space, then set a price and list it for free. You pay a 3% service fee when you confirm a reservation.

  1. Pick Up a Side Gig

Getting a second job, doing freelance work or picking up a side gig — then stashing all the extra cash you earn into savings — can help you boost your down payment pot of cash. Van den Brand said that his wife makes an extra $600 a week tutoring.

There are plenty of ways you can earn extra cash — from house-sitting to being a mystery shopper. You can also boost your income from the comfort of your apartment with these 30 ways to make money online.

  1. Reshop Your Insurance

As you look to cut expenses to boost your savings, van den Brand recommended starting with your highest monthly costs, such as your auto insurance. You can quickly call around to shop for lower rates, or call your insurer to ask for a lower rate, he said. You can also compare quotes from several insurers in a matter of minutes by visiting sites such as InsuranceQuotes.com, CarInsurance.com and TheZebra.com.

On average, TheZebra.com users save 30% to 40% of what they are currently paying by reshopping their policies, said Joshua Dziabiak, chief operating officer of The Zebra. In states like Florida and Michigan, where premiums are high, this could mean an annual savings of $1,500 to $2,000.

  1. Ditch Cable TV

Despite the increasing popularity of free and inexpensive video streaming services, 83% of households still subscribe to a pay-TV service, according to research from Leichtman Research Group. They’re spending an average amount of $99 a month.

If you cut the cable cord, you could add about $1,200 a year to your down payment savings account. You still can get your TV and movie fix by picking up free DVDs at the public library, or watching shows and movies on Crackle.com, Hulu.com or even the major network’s websites.

  1. Scale Back Your Vices

Dining out, shopping, visiting the coffee shop and indulging in other unnecessary expenses less frequently can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars a year, said Harrine Freeman, a financial expert and CEO of H.E. Freeman Enterprises.

Just eliminating even one vice, such as drinking, could mean big savings. Consumers spend an average of $445 a year on alcoholic beverages, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. So skip happy hour and remind yourself that the money you’re saving could mean sipping a glass of wine in your own home soon.

Read More: 10 Tiny Homes You Can Actually Afford

  1. Automate Your Savings

If you lack the discipline to save, mobile apps can make it easier. For example, Digit is a free online service and app that links to your checking account and analyzes your income and spending habits to figure out how much you can set aside in savings. The service then automatically puts that money into savings for you. The Digit savings account does not earn interest, though, so you’ll want to move the money into an interest-bearing account.

  1. Reap Credit Card Rewards

If you have a rewards credit card that lets you earn cash back on purchases, make the most of this perk by paying all of your bills with that card, said credit coach Jeanne Kelly. You also could charge necessary expenses, such as groceries and gas, to your card. Of course, you have to pay off the balance each month to avoid racking up interest charges.

If you charge $1,000 a month and earn the standard 2% cash back on purchases, you could have an extra $240 to put into your down payment savings just by using a rewards card to pay for everyday purchases.

  1. Drop Your Gym Membership

You don’t have to pay for a pricey gym membership to stay fit. If you’re trying to save for a down payment, Mortgages.com editor Anne Postic recommended exercising at home or going on walks with friends. Canceling your gym membership could add hundreds of dollars a year to your down payment savings, she said.

  1. Eliminate Checking Account Fees

If your bank charges a monthly maintenance fee on your checking account, then you should consider switching to a no-fee account. Then you could add the amount you’re saving to a no-fee savings account.

The average monthly fee for the most basic checking account is $4.75 a month, and the median fee is $5, according to a GoBankingRates survey. Consider these 10 checking accounts and 10 savings accounts that don’t charge a monthly fee.

  1. Cut the Cost of Commuting

Transportation is the second biggest expense for consumers after housing, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. For the past several years, consumers have spent an average of about $9,000 annually on transportation.

Jess Beyer, an office administrator for a law firm, said that she negotiated with her employer to work from home two days a week to lower her transportation costs and boost her savings for a down payment. You could also cut costs by organizing an office carpool, taking public transportation or walking to work.

Read More: 10 Signs You’re Not Saving Enough to Buy a House

  1. Lower Your Cellphone Costs

There are several ways to slash your monthly wireless bill so that you can increase your savings for a down payment. For starters, switch to a smaller carrier that offers more competitive pricing than the major carriers — if you’re not locked into a contract.

For example, you’ll pay just $45 a month for unlimited talk, text and 5 GB of high-speed data with Straight Talk Wireless. You’ll pay at least $20 more for a similar plan with AT&T or Verizon.

Another option is to lower the amount of data you’re using. You could save $15 to $35 a month by opting for the lowest data plan your carrier offers, according to PCWorld.

  1. Stop Spending on Home Décor

Whatever you’re spending to spruce up your apartment, stop now, Postic of Mortgages.com said. “You’ll want new things in your new home, so every time you’re tempted buy a throw pillow, a new grill or even a bath mat, put that money into your down payment savings account instead,” she said.

  1. Live On Half of Your Paycheck

You can take the extreme approach to saving and force yourself to live on 50% of your paycheck, van den Brand said. He once had a roommate who did this and ate nothing but ramen noodles for a while.

You likely won’t have to live like this for too long to reach your savings goal. “You’d be surprised how quick it adds up,” van den Brand said.

  1. Sublease Your Apartment

If your rent is high, but you can’t move to a lower-cost place because you’re stuck in a lease, sublet your apartment if it’s allowed. “This could help you avoid major fees attached with breaking your lease, which is usually an entire month’s rent and can be a major stumbling block when trying to save for a down payment,” said Robert Palmer, a financial expert and host of theSaving Thousands radio show. To benefit from the difference in rent you’re paying, have that amount automatically deposited into savings each month.

  1. Move Back Home

You can stop renting altogether and move back in with your parents if you live in the same town — and if they agree to it. Your down payment stash will grow quickly if you funnel the amount you usually pay toward rent each month to your savings account.

To avoid conflict, agree to a time limit for living at home before you move back in. And don’t freeload entirely. Offer to help pay for groceries, utilities or services such as the internet that you might take advantage of while living with Mom and Dad.

This article originally appeared on GoBankingRates.