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Welcome Coastal Walk Marketplace!

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!

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Hello November!!

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!

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Prevent a Spooky, Scary Moving Day

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

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

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!

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Beautiful Autumn Mums

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!

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Autumn Packing Tips

Happy October! For those of you looking to move house this season, packing can look like an daunting task to begin. We’re here to assure you that it’s nothing to be afraid of! So let us give you some helpful tips on how to pack your items safely and securely for their journey to your new home.

For anyone that chooses to pack themselves, partially or completely – the information below will be of big help to you! Anyone can throw things into a box, but to do so correctly means peace of mind for both you and your movers.

  • The most important part of packing a box is the filler! You can use towels, linens, pillows, or clothes for fillers. When we pack boxes, we use newsprint to fill in those extra spaces, which for us has been the most effective. If you use newsprint to pack yourselves, crumple it up and make sure it fills all the corners, the walls of the box, and any space in between your items.
  • All boxes that you’ve packed should end up being heavy and solid. Have them in a place out of the way while you’re packing them so you don’t have to worry about the weight later – your movers will take care of it then. If they’re already in place, once a box is packed, test it to see if you can hear anything loose inside the box, if there is any movement within the box at all then it’s not packed tight enough.
  • Make sure all boxes are taped tightly shut and close flat before your move day. This ensures that everything will stay inside your boxes and that they can be stacked inside the your moving truck.

As a reminder, our company can ONLY move furniture and boxes. Aside from any larger specialty items that you make known, anything that is not a piece of furniture or a furniture-sized item MUST be properly boxed or packaged somehow. That way, on your moving day, everything will be ready to go!

Remember, if you need assistance with moving, we are here to help. Please visit our website eastcoastmovingllc.com for more information or give us a call at 910-755-2058 and we’ll be happy to assist you! A smooth move with us, it’s a “shore” thing!

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Covid-19 Resources

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting us all in unprecedented ways and raises numerous unique and novel issues. Here are a few resources that can help.

For locals: Visit the Brunswick County website’s Covid Resource Center for the current status of COVID locally and information on changes in county policies in response to this. David Rouzer, the congressman representing our local district, releases frequent updates about how our district is being affected and actions we need to take as residents.

The CDC’s COVID-19 website has the most accurate information regarding the Coronavirus pandemic and the things we can do to prevent it’s spread. There’s thorough resources for individuals, businesses, organizations and schools. You can click here to visit their website!

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has also made a small Covid response toolkit for businesses and workers to refer to at their website here.

It is important to stay up to date with any developments made in the current situation. This pandemic is not over, so please do all you can to be safe this season. You stay well and we’ll keep truckin’!

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Are You Prepared for Hurricane Season?

Hurricane season is approaching quickly!  It’s so important to know what you can do when a storm is on it’s way.  For those already here and those looking to move into areas more drastically affected by the season, we hope this helps you stay safe and dry as the year goes on!

Strengthen Your Home

There is a lot you can do around your home to help protect it from hurricane winds.  Well ahead of the approaching storm you can:

  • Trim the trees on your property
  • Get approved window coverings
  • Collect loose outdoor items
  • Secure all doors on your property
  • and Find a safe location for your vehicle

Actions You Can Take Today

There’s a few actions you can take far ahead of time to be ready when storms come:

  • Make a list of supplies for your hurricane kit. Check to see what you already have.  Restock during the next several weeks.
  • Organize important documents and confirm coverage with your insurance agency.
  • Determine if you live in a hurricane evacuation zone. Make a plan of action with multiple options

When preparing for hurricane season, follow the latest health guidelines from the CDC and your local officials.

From all of us here at East Coast Moving,

Stay well!

Hurricane Preparation

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How long do Coronaviruses* Live on Surfaces?

We’ve found more cleaning tips to help you keep COVID out of your house!  The chart below will give you an idea of how long the virus can stay on certain surfaces.  We hope, for the sake of your health and the health of others, that you will continue your cleaning routines and maintain social distancing guidelines.  Your safety in this time is of the utmost importance to us.

You stay well and we’ll keep truckin’!

SURFACE EXAMPLES DAYS OR  HOURS
Metal Doorknobs, Jewelry, Silverware 5 Days
Glass Drinking glasses, Mirrors, Windows Up to 5 Days
Ceramics Dishes, Pottery, Mugs 5 Days
Paper Newspapers, Magazines Up to 5 Days
Wood Furniture, Decking 4 Days
Plastics Milk bottles, Bus seats, Elevator buttons 2-3 Days
Stainless Steel Refrigerators, Pots/pans, Sinks, Water bottles 2-3 Days
Cardboard Shipping boxes 1 Day
Aluminum Soda cans, Tinfoil, Water bottles 2-8 Hours
Copper Pennies, Teakettles, Cookware 4 Hours
Food/Water Doesn’t seem to spread through food, and has not been found in water yet

What You Can Do:

Disinfect all surfaces and objects in your home daily with a household cleaning spray or wipe.  Wash hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water, especially after visiting the supermarket or bringing in packages.

*Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that includes the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  This information is for your reference only and is changing constantly.

sources: WebMD, CDC, FDA, Medical Review: Brunilda Nazario, MD, 03/24/2020.