Your Relocation Guide to 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 bedrooms 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.
- Town of Pine Knoll Shores 1-252-247-4353
- Town of Morehead City 1-252-726-6848
- Town of Beaufort 1-252-728-3175
- Town of Atlantic Beach 1-252-726-1366
- Town of Emerald Isle 1-252-354-3424
- Town of Newport 1-252-223-4749
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.
- CenturyLink 1-888-314-0967
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 few of the internet providers that can offer you service in Carteret County.
- CenturyLink 1-888-310-2634
- HughesNet 1-888-852-1497
- NC.Net 1-252-247-4227
- Road Runner 1-252-223-6400
- Cape Lookout Internet Services 1-252-240-2335
Unless you plan on spending every moment at the beach (I wouldn't blame 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.
- Time Warner Cable 1-252-223-6400
- DirectTV 1-877-396-2161 (New Customers) or 1-800-531-5000 (existing Customers)
- Dish Network 1-866-404-3057
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.
- Acme Movers and Storage Co. Inc. 1-252-726-8119
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.
- North Carolina DMV 1-252-726-5586
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...
- Marine Fisheries 1-252-726-7021
Your vehicle and boat trailer will also need to be registered.
- North Carolina License Plate Agency 1-252-726-7695
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 1-252-728-4821
- 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. They are all Pizza places except for Iaonni's which has 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
- Crispino's Pizza 1-252-727-4992
- Circle Pizza 1-252-354-8885
- Pizza Hut 1-252-726-7117
- Big Apple Pizza 1-252-727-4822
Or, if you prefer, you can place an order online with Lowe's Foods To Go and either have it delivered or you can pull in and they will bring it to your car. For $20 each month you can always do your grocery shopping that way...Lowe's Food
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)