MOVING TO CHARLESTON

MOVING DAY

STORAGE
Chances are you won’t need everything you moved to your new house in Charleston, but you might not be ready to trash it yet. There are dozens of storage units in the area, or have a POD delivered, fill it at your leisure and have it placed in a climate-controlled center until you’re ready to deal. Out of sight, out of mind.
PODS.com
7704 Southrail Rd. Charleston
843-552-1899

 

STUFF PLUS
If you have clothes or furnishings you don’t want or have room for in your new home, chances are that someone else would find a use for them. Donate them Goodwill, and they’ll probably find a second life. There are several retail stores around the Charleston area, some of which have handy drive-through drop-offs.
Go to palmettogoodwill.net for a location near you.

HOOKING UP

South Carolina Energy & Gas
It’s super easy to start your service online.
800-251-7234
sceg.com

Berkeley Electric Cooperative
Serves parts of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.
becsc.com

Charleston Water System
charlestonwater.com

Berkeley Co. Water & Sanitation
843-572-4400

Dorchester Co. Water & Sewer

843-832-0070

Isle of Palms Water & Sewer
843-886-6148

Moncks Corner Public Works
843-761-8041

Mt. Pleasant Waterworks
843-884-9626

North Charleston Services
northcharleston.org

Sullivan’s Water Dept.
843-883-3947

Summerville Public Works
843-875-8750

GETTING WIRED

COMCAST
You can explore the infinite benefits of Exfinity on their website, but it’s only a little easier than deciphering the Mayan calendar. Going to an office is sometimes faster – unless the lines are out the door. Good luck!
comcast.com
843-554-4100 (local)
1-800-XFINITY

AT&T U-VERSE
An alternative to Comcast, they offer good initial sign-up deals to new customers, but so do all the other companies.
877-975-8541
att.com (or a local store)

KNOLOGY/WOW
Another Comcast competitor. Their Charleston area office is on Dorchester Road.
wowway.com
843-225-1000

SATELLITE TV
DISH or DIRECTV? It depends on the channels you want and the price of the different packages. (Historic structures in downtown Charleston are not allowed to install satellite TV.)
Direct
855-833-4388
Dish
855-531-6285

DOING YOUR HOMEWORK

Public, private, parochial? Charter or magnet schools? Who has the best scores? Here are some sites to help your child get to the head of the class.

CHARLESTON COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT
75 Calhoun St.
843-937-6300
ccsd.schools

CHARLESTON AREA PRIVATE SCHOOLS
A listing of 20 independent and parochial schools in the Tricounty area.
charlestonprivateschools.org

GREAT SCHOOLS
This non-profit organization has profiles of more than 200,000 preK-12 schools – public, public charter and private – and over one million reviews from parents, teachers and students about the schools they know best.
greatschools.org

SC 
EDUCATION OVERSIGHT COMM.
View report cards on individual public schools.
https://ed.sc.gov/data/report-cards/

GETTING REGISTERED

VOTING IN SOUTH CAROLINA
SC needs enlightened voters, so register as soon as you move. Check out these web sites to get the how-to.
vote.charlestoncounty.org
scvotes.org 

SOUTH CAROLINA DEPT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
More than you ever wanted to know about applying for a SC driver’s license, registering vehicles and DMV branches and services. The lines are supposed to move quicker now, but we can’t promise that.
scdmvonline.org

STAYING WELL

MUSC
An academic medical center ranked #1 hospital in the state. Offers after-hours pediatric care in 3 locations.

ROPER ST. FRANCIS
A private, non-for-profit health care system with facilities around the area.

EAST COOPER HOSPITAL
140-bed general and medical hospital in the Mt. Pleasant area.

TRIDENT HEALTH SYSTEM
Facilities in Charleston, Summerville and Moncks Corner.

UH OH!

STORM WARNINGS
Get savvy about planning and preparing for Mr. or Ms. Hurricane. Learn your escape routes should there be a mandatory evacuation and what supplies you should have on hand if you just have to batten down the hatches (other than some cases of Beanie Weenis and beer). Check the facts from South Carolina Emergency Management.
scemd.org

PALMETTO BUGS

The first time one of these cockroaches on steroids flies at you, you’ll probably begin packing to move back out of state. Just stay calm, and hire a good exterminator to make regular visits to keep them out of your house. And, of course, tread carefully if you get up for a snack in the middle of the night.

BELFOR
Mold or water problems can turn a dream home into an expensive nightmare. Don’t lose hope–Belfor specializes in property restoration.
7629 Southrail Road
North Charleston
843-767-0711
belfor.com

TRANSPORTATION

If you’re moving here from a big urban center, don’t expect the same sophisticated public transportation you may have been used to as a city slicker. CARTA is the area’s public bus system, and it also runs the downtown DASH trolleys. You can check their schedules and routes at ridecarta.com, but if you have too much to drink, don’t count on CARTA to get you home in a timely manner. Here are some other transportation options:

CHARLESTON GREEN TAXI
An eco-conscious service that will get you around town, out to the suburbs or off to the airport.
843-819-0846
charlestongreentaxi.com

CHARLESTON PEDICAB
Services the peninsula from 9am until 2am, 7 days a week. Keep their number handy.
843-577-7088
pedicabcharleston.com

CHARLESTON RICKSHAW
Offers a similar service for the peninsula as pedicabs and during the same hours.
843-723-5685
charlestonrickshaw.com

UBER
The hipster taxi alternative is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a week. Check out their FAQ sheet online to see fares, how it works and if it’s a service that’s right for you.
uber.com/cities/charleston

SCOOP
A ride service in downtown Charleston below Spring Street featuring environmentally friendly all-electric cars. It’s FREE, just tip the driver. Call for rides and check the map on their site to see the area they service.
Daily, 11am-10pm | 843-900-4070
scoopchs.com