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Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

gshank
January 16, 2017 12:39PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 5

Hi Everyone! Long time lurker here. I have a possible job offer in Frederiksted, I'll know for sure in about 3 weeks if I will be moving to STX. They are offering a little bit of relo assistance so that is a major plus. I've been researching shipping my car, getting VI license plates etc. I see that you cannot get a valid VI license unless you have a proof of address. This sounds like I'll need to secure an apartment before I move? I've been in touch with a few places that are fully furnished and in my price range but they're definitely not within walking distance of Frederiksted, so a car is a must. Anyone who has been in the same boat, how did you do it all?

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

STXBob
January 16, 2017 02:01PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 2,131

Welcome, gshank.

Legally, you should get a VI drivers license within 30 days of moving to the VI. Actually, people do it months or years after moving here (or never), without much issue. So, no need to have an address before you move here.

You can register a vehicle without a VI drivers license, although you probably need a VI address.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

Alana33
January 16, 2017 02:29PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,970

You just need to get the insurance before you register the vehicle.
It might be worthwhile to have someone do all the running around and register the vehicle for you.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

AandA2VI
January 16, 2017 02:38PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,268

Move here
Register car
Find apartment
Set up utilities
Get mail box
Get DL when u can - we waited several months. We also got a duplicate in the states before we moved to the VI so we have both. Not supposed to do that but I've found some bars in the states will not take a VI DL so we take both when we go back to visit.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

gshank
January 16, 2017 02:47PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 5

Thanks, STXBob!
I hadn't thought of that...If the job comes through I will definitely try to put a deposit down on an apartment before I get there so I do have an address.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

gshank
January 16, 2017 02:48PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 5

Thanks for the reply, I am looking to have Crowley ship my car and I had emailed them about having someone to the grunt work. Waiting to hear back!

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

AandA2VI
January 16, 2017 09:32PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,268

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gshank
Thanks for the reply, I am looking to have Crowley ship my car and I had emailed them about having someone to the grunt work. Waiting to hear back!

Would you let me know what they say about shipping costs? Are u shipping from FL?

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

Scubadoo
January 16, 2017 10:07PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,070

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gshank
I hadn't thought of that...If the job comes through I will definitely try to put a deposit down on an apartment before I get there so I do have an address.

It's highly NOT recommended to do that. Don't put money down for any long term rental until after you've physically seen it and checked everything out. You could perhaps use a short term condo vacation rental, even a month, when you get there while you're looking for someplace permanent. It won't be cheap but it's option. On the other end of the scale are the guest rooms at Villa Morales. Don't see having an address immediately as being that important.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

rosesisland
January 17, 2017 07:48AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 700

I agree mostly with Scubadoo except Villa Morales. Isn't that about as far away from Frederiksted as one can get?
My new neighbor's arrived and stayed at an air B and B while looking for a place.

You'll, more than likely, arrive a few days before your vehicle, so a car rental would be advised and then get a place. You'll then have an address and insurance papers for when car arrives and gets tagged.

Best advise, do not rent until you get on island! Although we did lease a house before we moved last time, (we had lived here before) knew the area we wanted and I had a friend do a walk through before I sent money and signed a lease. Most people arrive for first time are amazed at just how long it takes to get from one place to another.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

speee1dy
January 17, 2017 07:57AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,598

it took almost a month for my vehicle to get here. just know it might not always be in a weeks time.

i had an out of state license for years, florida for a while and then maryland. i only got a dl for here when i got called for jury duty in maryland.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

gshank
January 17, 2017 10:50AM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 5

I got a quote from Crowley for $1300 to STX from Port Everglades, FL.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

Alana33
January 17, 2017 02:20PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,970

Don't forget to add road tax, inspection, registration, customs duty if car and all its parts aren't U.S. made/manufactured, new license plates, insurance, etc.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

gshank
January 17, 2017 02:26PM

Registered: 2 years ago
Posts: 5

Quote
Alana33
Don't forget to add road tax, inspection, registration, customs duty if car and all its parts aren't U.S. made/manufactured, new license plates, insurance, etc.


This is another thing I've done with math on.... It looks like it's going to take about $2,200 to get my honda fit shipped, registered, customs duty etc all that jazz. I'm beginning to wonder if I should save that $2,000 and just make the move without a car for the time being.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

Alana33
January 17, 2017 02:33PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 11,970

SHIP THE CAR!
You'll spend more buying one here and you'll need a car to get around.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

Afriend
January 17, 2017 02:34PM

Registered: 12 years ago
Posts: 454

Do you have the $2,000/$2,200 in cash ready to spend? If so, have you thought about selling your car in the US and then use the proceeds plus the additional $2,000/$2,200 to purchase a car after you arrive on STX?

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

AandA2VI
January 17, 2017 08:40PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 2,268

Quote
Alana33
SHIP THE CAR!
You'll spend more buying one here and you'll need a car to get around.

Yes! Bring it for sure!

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

Scubadoo
January 18, 2017 12:08AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,070

Villa Morales has an F'sted address. It's only a few blocks from the F'sted police dept.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

mmatam412
January 18, 2017 12:17AM

Registered: 3 years ago
Posts: 24

Liberty Hall on Hospital Street in Fsted is being renovated and the owners are great!

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

speee1dy
January 18, 2017 08:44AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,598

ship your car, you will spend more than that to get a nice used car here.

Re: Securing Apartment Before Move and Car Things...

Bill4705
January 21, 2017 01:02PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 8

I have short term avail.

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