Welcome Home! Your Relocation Guide to Carteret County, North Carolina

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Your Relocation Guide to Carteret County, North Carolina

Carteret County, North Carolina

Once you decide that Carteret County, North Carolina is the place for you, You will need a good REALTOR® who is familiar with the area to help you decide which area you want to call Home.   Do you want to be on the island, or on the mainland?  Do you want a condo or a single family residential home? Then you will need to start your property search.  Your REALTOR® can help you with your search.  How many bedroomAcme Movers & Storages and bathrooms do you need?  If you are a boater, do you prefer canal front property or sound front property?  If you have children, you may want to live close to schools and community parks or maybe you want a big back yard? Maybe you would like to build your dream home or maybe you want to rent first?  Whatever you decide, there are many things that you will need to take care of prior to the BIG MOVE DATE!



Below is a list of resources to help you with your move:


You will need to contact the Town Office to make sure you have your water connected and turned on the day you move in.



You will also need to call ahead to set up your Electricity.  There are only 2 companies that provide electricity in Carteret County.  Be prepared to pay a deposit to obtain sevice (amount depends on Square footage, service area and past credit history). Visit the websites or call the numbers below to determine which company will service your new Home.


You may need local Telephone Service, if so contact Century Link.  Or maybe you live by Cell-Phone Only: Verizon, Sprint, and other cell phone providers can all be found in local stores here in Carteret County.


Chances are...You'll need Internet Service available in your new home.  If you are like me, you'll need it immediately!  Below are links to a couple of the internet providers that can offer you service in Carteret County.


Unless you plan on spending every moment at the beach (I wouldn't blamDirectve you) or visiting the many attractions or special events in Carteret County, you or someone in your family may want to watch television sometime.  If so, you will need to contact the local cable company, Time Warner Cable.  If you are a satellite subscriber, you will need to contact your provider about your move.  I am a DirecTV user and when we moved, they took care of everything for us.  From what I understand, Dish Network does the same.


You may decide that you want to leave the packing and moving to the experts.  If so, you will need a good, reliable company. You may also need storage, depending on your closing date, etc.  Acme Movers also provides boat storage if needed.


You will definitely need to get a NC Driver's License when you move.  You are required to do that within 30 days of your residence.  North Carolina requires everyone to take the written exam prior to getting a license.  You can download the Handbook online and get more details about the exam by following the link below.


Fishing and Boating in Carteret County


The fact that you are moving to a Coastal Community, means you may want to acquire a Fishing License.  If you own a boat, you'll need to take care of Boat Registration as soon as possible.  Both of these things can be taken care of at...



Your vehicle and boat trailer will also need to be registered.


If you will be having your mail forward to a Post Office Box, you will need to set that up ahead of time too.  Below is a list of all Carteret County Post Offices by town.  To change your address online, please visit www.usps.com

  • Atlantic Beach/ Pine Knoll Shores   1-252-726-5630
  • Beaufort   1-252-728-4821Mailbox in Carteret County
  • Davis   1-252-729-2601
  • Emerald Isle  1-252-354-6677
  • Harker's Island  1-252-728-2924
  • Marshallberg  1-252-729-4491
  • Newport  1-252-223-4638
  • Smyrna  1-252-729-4951
  • Stella  1-252-393-8025


Once you make the move to Carteret County, chances are you will be exhausted.  You may decide that cooking or going out for dinner is out of the question. Below is a list of local restaurants that provide delivery.  Iaonni's is my personal favorite.  They have Burgers (I love the Alamo Burger), Pasta, Gyros, Pizza, and much more.  They also have a kids menu including burgers/fries, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, etc.



  • Ioanni's Grill 1-252-808-0008
  • Pizza Hut 1-252-726-7117


Just a few more links to help make your move to Carteret County a little easier!  If you have any other questions or need more information, please feel free to call or email me.  If I don't know the answer...I'll find it!


Local Schools - Carteret County Schools

Hospital and Medical Information - Carteret General Hospital

Local Libraries - Carteret County Public Libraries

Churches & Religious Organizations - Carteret County Churches

Area Restaurants & Dining Facilities - Carteret County Dining Guide

Local Chamber - Carteret County Chamber of Commerce

Local Community College - Carteret Community College

Local Newspaper - Carteret News Times 

Community Parks and Activities - Carteret County Parks & Recreation

Local Taxes and Government - Carteret County GIS


 (Information updated on August 12th, 2015)


Comments (11)

Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

WOW, Amy very complete. Why wouldn't anyone moving to Carteret County, North Carolina not call you?

You know it all!!!

Aug 20, 2010 11:02 AM
Marian Goetzinger
Pine Knoll Shores Realty 252-422-9000 - Pine Knoll Shores, NC
Crystal Coast Real Estate NC

Amy, this is awesome.  I'm reblogging and bookmarking.  There are so many valuable resources that I can get right here instead of bothering you quite so much.  Thanks for putting this together.  Love, Mom

Aug 20, 2010 12:33 PM
Mary Kay Hopkins
Mary Kay Hopkins, LLC e-PRO, GRI, CRS, CRB - Lake Charles, LA

Amy, I just thanked Marian for reblogging your post.  What a comprehensive list of information you have provided to those moving to Carteret County.  Well done!

Aug 20, 2010 12:45 PM
Amy Hahn
Pine Knoll Shores Realty - Morehead City, NC
Realtor/Broker - Crystal Coast, NC

Thanks Guys!  I have been wanting to compile this list for some time now...Finally broke down and sweated it out.  Now, I can check one thing off my list of things to do!

Aug 20, 2010 12:47 PM
Nevin Williams
Fairway Independent Mortgage Corporation - Cary, NC
Senior Mortgage Advisor

Amy - Love it!  You have a complete guide for anyone wanting info on the area.  Nice job!

Aug 20, 2010 02:29 PM
Richard Ruggaber
Metro Life Homes - Los Angeles, CA
California Real Estate - (818) 422-5035

Amy:  Wow great job and so informative.  Thanks for sharing.  Have a great weekend.

Aug 20, 2010 04:51 PM
Charlottesville, VA

Great information for your local buyers!

keep up the good work

your friend in Charlottesville

Aug 21, 2010 04:23 AM
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Amy, this is great work and I am sure time consuming...I've hit the suggest button...I am sure everyone in the county can use this guide.

Aug 24, 2010 04:55 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Amy,  Great list,  You have everything and also more then everything.    Have a great day.

Oct 05, 2011 05:19 AM
Joni Bailey
101 Main St. Realty - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

Okay. I'm packing. Wait... how cold does it get in the winter there? Snow?

Oct 05, 2011 05:52 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Your post today is almost identical to something I provide to all my relocating clients. Of course yours is prettier though! Personally, I think this is something EVERY agent needs to have on hand for folks moving in to their area.

Oct 05, 2011 08:40 AM