Unexpected Health Benefits of Moving to the Coast(s)


People have long theorized that living near the ocean has health benefits, and now there Unexpected Health Benefits of Moving to the Coast(s)is data to back that theory up. According to a study conducted by the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Exeter in England, living close to the ocean is healthier than living inland.

The study concluded that there was an association between visiting the shore and overall wellness, but the lead researchers stated that this type of study could not prove a direct cause and effect. However, previous scientific studies have focuses on what exactly it is about the coast that stimulates well being.

Either way, it sounds like the perfect excuse to move to the beach that we’ve all been searching for.

Here are five reasons that coastal living improves health:

1. Relaxation

The ocean has been proven to inspire creative thinking, reduce anxiety, and promote compassionate thinking, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols, scientist and author of “Blue Mind,” suggests.

2. Active Lifestyles

Living by the beach encourages physical activity, ultimately leading to a healthier lifestyle, the Exeter study indicated.

3. The Salt Air

There is no better smell than fresh sea air, but start taking deeper breaths at the beach because it is good for you, too. The salty sea air by the coast does wonders for the respiratory system and those with asthma, bronchitis, sinus pressure, and coughing will notice a difference in their condition after just one day at the beach. Ocean air also contains negatively charged hydrogen ions that help absorb oxygen and balance out serotonin levels, resulting in more energy and diminished depression.

4. Vitamin D

The reflection of the sun off of the sand and the ocean is a great way to get your daily dose of vitamin D. As long as you’re smothered in SPF, getting some sunshine everyday is good for your health. Vitamin D from the sun improves autoimmune protection, increases endorphins, lowers the risk of cancer, and enhances bone health.

5. Salt Water

There is no greater healer than salt water. Swimming in the ocean enhances the immune system, hydrates skin, and boosts circulation. Seawater that is rich in magnesium also has been shown to relax muscles and helps induce sleep. And with swimming one of the greatest forms of exercise, you’re better off paddling around the ocean than in the pool.

Have we convinced you? Are you ready to move to the coast? Great! Allow Executive Moving Systems Inc. to help! Cruise on over to our estimate form to request your free, in-home estimate today!

The 16 Best Places to Live in the United States


There are times in our lives when we need a change of scenery. Whether you’re a retiree, seeking a vacation getaway home, or just lucky enough to be in a position to move to a city of your choosing, you may be wondering what parts of the country offer the best living situations.

There are many factors to consider when thinking about this kind of move: climate, recreation and entertainment, just to name a few. The editors at Outside magazine have compiled a list of the 16 best places to live in the U.S., as ranked by their readers. Many of these locations will appeal particularly to those who love the outdoors, but even if that’s not your forte, the article highlights some great sources of entertainment in these destinations as well.

16. Lake Placid, New York

Home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games, this is the perfect place for athletes of all types. With a population of only 2,500, you won’t have to wait long for a tour of the Lake Placid Olympic Training Center or to use any of the town’s winding bike trails.

15. Bar Harbor, Maine

More than two million visitors travel to Acadia National Park each summer. The year-round population here is only 2,600, making it a quiet retreat for most of the year. The outdoor lover has 127 miles of hiking trails and the largest mountain peak on the Atlantic seaboard in Cadillac Mountain. You can also enjoy the marvelous seafood Maine is known for at the Thirsty Whale Tavern.

14. Rochester, Minnesota

After being devastated by flood in 1978, the resulting flood control project led to a very unique design for this town. An 85-mile paved system of trails spans out from the world famous Mayo Clinic to various lakes, concert venues, restaurants, and bars.

13. Annapolis, Maryland

A seafarer’s dream. Each Wednesday during the summertime, hundreds of boats are drawn to the harbor to witness the weekly sailboat race. If you’re more akin to dry land, you can always watch the runners take on a three-mile trail to the old Navy radio towers at Greenbury Point.

12. Spearfish, South Dakota

A town with an Old West vibe in which bikes are preferred to horses. Three popular races take place in the town annually: the Dakota Five-O, 28 Below Fat Bike Race and the Gold Rush Gravel Grinder for those looking for a nice jaunt.

11. Middlebury, Vermont

This quaint college town, nestled in the hills of Vermont, is the perfect relocation spot for those looking for a great home value. Three-bedroom homes start at under $300,000 and jobs are plentiful.

10. Boone, North Carolina

According to local trail builder Mike Thomas, this town has a saying, “our life is your vacation.” This must be attributed to the abundance of outdoor activities and attractions tucked into this small town in the southern Appalachians. Some of which include: Wilson’s Creek, Linville Gorge, Beech Mountain and a portion of the Appalachian Trail to name only a few.

9. Pagosa Springs, Colorado

The springs that this town is named for are the deepest in the world and attract more than half a million annual visitors. Still, the resident population is just 1,700 and the town has a very rural feel.

8. Beaufort, South Carolina

If number 13 on this list was a seafarer’s dream, then Beaufort is a fisherman’s paradise. The town has an abundance of seafood and access to water sports, seeing that half of the surrounding county is water.

7. Flagstaff, Arizona

Forget what you’ve heard about the deserts of Arizona. At an elevation of 7,000 feet, this forest oasis is prized by runners for its miles of mountain trails. There’s skiing access just outside of town and the Grand Canyon is under 100 miles away.

6. Athens, Georgia

The city has recently undergone a transformation to become a hub of world-class restaurants. With its tradition of southern cuisine and a new-age farm-to-plate emphasis, Athens may be the tastiest place in Georgia.

5. Glenwood Springs, Colorado

The Colorado and Roaring Fork rivers meet here, creating a perfect spot to ride class III rapids through a 1,700-foot canyon. This town also boasts reputable hot springs, which have attracted tourists for more than a century.

4. Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Hometown of Justin Vernon, whose famous band, Bon Iver, won the Best New Artist Grammy in 2012. With acts like the National and Sufjan Stevens, Vernon’s Eaux Claire fest is turning up the volume on the music scene in this town.

3. Iowa City, Iowa

This bike-crazy town has a pedestrian mall that can stand up to Pearl Street. Bikers have literally tens of thousands of miles of unpaved road to traverse at their leisure, as there is almost no traffic once you leave the tarmac. The Trans-Iowa gravel grinder climbs 10,000 feet over 320 miles.

2. Port Angeles, Washington

Citizens of Port Angeles love their town and it’s easy to see why. Like many of the towns on this list, the outdoor scene is incredible, with 5,000-foot peaks and a 600,000-acre national forest. This town has a very blue collar feel with thriving lumber, boating and commercial fishing industries.

1. Chattanooga, Tennessee

The outdoor appeal of Chattanooga is well known and documented. The Tennessee River wraps around the city and offers class V and VI rapids. What’s new is the high-tech, Silicon Valley feel that has come over the city as of late. Residents have access to the Gig, a one gigabyte-per-second, fiber-optic, tax-payer owned Internet service that is available to all at a reasonable price.

If you’re looking to relocate and you find that one of these cities piques your interest, remember that Executive Moving Systems Inc is a leader in the moving & storage industry. We have extensive experience with state-to-state moves, so if you need information on our services, call 703-497-2700. You can also visit our website and fill out our online form for a free quote.

Common Questions About Moving

Moving is a life changing event. It’s said that the average person moves every four to seven years.

We expect you to have questions about your move – and why not? Moving isn’t something you do every day! Below are some common questions our customers have in regards to their move.

Is Executive Moving Systems Inc a licensed moving company?

Yes. Companies that operate commercial vehicles transporting passengers or hauling cargo in interstate commerce must be registered with the FMCSA and must have a USDOT Number.

Is an estimate required?

Yes. A written, signed estimate (or waiver) is required for all moves.

What is a tariff?

A tariff is a public document required by the US DOT for all moving and storage companies. It outlines the moving company’s rates and charges and details the services provided, the conditions under which the services are provided, and the prices charged. Each moving company determines its rates and charges and publishes its own tariff.

Am I protected against loss or damage caused by the move?

Yes. You may choose from Executive Moving Systems Inc “Full Value” protection plan or the “Basic” plan. The method you select determines Executive Moving Systems Inc’ maximum liability to you.

Am I protected against loss or damage caused by the move?

Yes. You may choose from Executive Moving Systems Inc “Full Value” protection plan or the “Basic” plan. The method you select determines Executive Moving Systems Inc’ maximum liability to you.

How do I pay for my move?

Executive Moving Systems Inc accepts a variety of payment options. We accept:

  • Major credit cards
  • Money order
  • Cashier’s check
  • Cash

Do my appliances need special attention?

Yes. Most appliances require special servicing to assure safe transportation. Any moving parts, such as motors or washer drums should be securely fastened for shipment.

Can I pack my china, glass, and crystal?

Yes. You may choose to pack any or all of your belongings, however, most people prefer to have their fragile items packed by Executive Moving Systems Inc’ professionals. If you decide to pack items yourself, remember the basic principles of good packing.

*Please be aware: If you pack items and damage occurs, but the box is in good condition, Executive Moving Systems Inc may not be liable for any repairs or coverage.

What items should I plan to take?

When moving with Executive Moving Systems Inc, we suggest that you plan on transporting all valuables, such as money, jewelry, coin collections and important papers. In addition, you should plan to take with you any medications or prescription drugs.

Are there items Executive Moving Systems Inc does not transport?

Yes. For the safety of your belongings, our crews and equipment, there are items that Executive Moving Systems Inc does not ship. This includes combustibles and explosives, living materials and perishables.

This is a small list of the most common questions asked about moving; you may have additional questions or concerns regarding your upcoming move, if so, please feel free to contact your local Executive Moving Systems Inc Representative, or contact us.

Moving in Spring: Beat the Summer Rush

Historically, springtime has been ideal for escaping the house you’ve been cooped up in all winter, taking a much-needed break, and repairing your yard after months of it being chilled. What many people don’t know is that spring may also be the ideal season to schedule a move. From the perfect temperatures to the lowered costs on professional movers, here are a few benefits of moving during springtime:

The Weather

Moving can be an exhausting, stressful and daunting task; and doing it in the frigid cold or breathtaking heat just adds to the stress. Spring weather provides a pleasant middle ground between the chills of winter and the heat of summer, making for a more enjoyable moving experience. The only downside is that spring is known for being the rainiest season, so there is a chance that your move might be slowed down because of showers.

The Lower Costs

Summer is by far the busiest season for moving companies for a number of reasons – for starters, children are out of school and the weather is typically more pleasant. Because of this, the costs of hiring a moving company rise from the beginning of May until around Labor Day. To save yourself from paying these increased prices, plan your move for the spring. Because the demand for movers is lower, many moving companies offer deals on premiere services, allowing you to receive a more comprehensive move without breaking your bank.

The Flexibility in Scheduling

Unless you call a mover and lock down a moving date months in advance, chances are you won’t be able to move on a date of your choosing. Due to the high volume of moving requests that moving companies receive in the summer, they simply don’t have enough drivers to fulfill each customer’s exact needs. As a result, many people are forced to move days or even weeks past their desired date. Since spring is a less competitive season for moving, it’s much easier to secure the move-in date you want—even on short notice.

The Ideal Time to Sell your Home

Just as summer is the peak season for the moving industry, spring is the peak season for selling a home. Unlike moving, however, it’s actually best to sell your home during busy season. The housing market works the opposite way of other markets, meaning that prices rise as more homes are listed. Also, more potential buyers means you can be pickier with who you decide to sell your home to, so you don’t have to worry about settling for a lower sale.

When you combine all of these benefits, it becomes clear that spring is the most advantageous time for you to schedule your relocation.

5 Pests to Avoid During Your Move

The time has come for you to move, and you’re armed with a plan, your moving company and some boxes. But your current living space may have had pest problems in the past, and you don’t want to bring those pests with you. Or maybe you’re unsure of what your new home will bring and want to avoid any unwanted visitors.

The battle against pests is much easier fought when armed with the proper knowledge. Below you’ll find five of the most common pests that appear during a move. Use the following information as a guide for avoiding or dealing with pests.

Bed Bugs

Bed bug infestations occur more commonly in urban areas, and they bother landlords and tenants alike. Make sure you do what you can to rid yourself of any before the move, and investigate your new living space prior to moving to avoid problems in the future.

Many large metropolises, such as New York City, mandate that landlords release an annual bed bug infestation report to all tenants. If you want to make extra sure that you’re not moving into a bad situation, search the Bed Bug Registry, which lists bed bug infestations across the United States.

You should hire movers that inspect for bed bugs. Previously used boxes might also create an avenue for infestation, so it’s best to obtain new packing materials from your mover.

If you currently have or previously experienced a bed bug infestation, use our advice to make a clean break before the move:

  • Wash clothing and bedding in water that exceeds 120 degrees
  • Dry items for 20+ minutes on the hottest setting available
  • Pack all items in clear, sealable plastic bags away from the infested area
  • Inspect all containers, boxes, and suitcases before you pack
  • Discard any packing material upon arrival outside of your new home
  • Inspect all electronics
  • Check bookcases and other furniture for signs of infestation
  • Seek professional treatments to ensure peace of mind

Bookworms

Book worms are often thought of as charming, scholarly little “guests” that live among your books. Truthfully, they pose a much larger problem than most people give them credit for. If you’re worried about a bookworm infestation, avoid wrapping your books in newspaper that could transfer ink. Pack your books in new, clean, acid-free boxes to give them a bookworm-free environment, or use clear sealable tubs to safely transfer your books.

Discard or repair any books with mildew or mold damage. Check the spines and binding to ensure no stowaway bookworms remain. Vacuum your bookshelf and boxes to remove any loose eggs or nests.

Cockroaches

Cockroaches can almost anything thrown at them. To ensure your new home remains free of cockroaches, take steps to eliminate the transfer of eggs from your old home.

Conduct a close inspection of all items before packing. Wash any clothes and linens before you pack them, and shake out items with cracks, crevices, or hidey-holes. Vacuum everything you can.

Again, obtain clean and new packing materials. Roaches aren’t the only pests that might reside in old or used cardboard boxes. Many movers provide clean plastic and sealable bins, which provide a much safer and cleaner alternative.

Termites

Certain termite sub-species may make a home in older wood furniture, which requires professional removal. Consult a professional pest control service to inspect your current and future homes. This will ensure that no unwanted pests will be waiting for you when you move in.

Weevils

Much like roaches and bookworms, weevils have larvae that can lie dormant for some time before maturing into an infestation. Best practices insist on discarding most food such as larger bags of flour, sugar, grain, or rice before you move. These present high risks, and aren’t worth the trouble.

Clean pots and pans along with any cooking utensils before you pack for your move. Upon arrival, inspect your new pantry for any cracks. Fill existing cracks and spaces with caulking solution, and clean your new kitchen thoroughly before you unpack.