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Moving in August

wesleyryan69
July 19, 2017 01:21AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 11

I am a single 48 year old man. I am moving in August. I realize the risks. I have studied the possibility for 4 years. I am not moving there to party. I rarely drink. I want to make a life for myself. This move has been my dream for a long time. I'm a good worker. I don't have a degree but I am skilled in customer relations, PC installation and repair, various heavy equipment operations, agriculture, mechanics, and construction. I don't have a lot of money. I'm only bringing what I can fit in a couple of duffle bags. I figure I have 2-3 months to get established. I'm not interested in the naysayers and negativity. What I am interested in is finding a room to rent. Or something cheap. I'm not too particular. I'm also interested in securing a job if I can before I arrive on the 7th. If not, then any pm suggestions for possible employment I can seek when I arrive. I don't mind doing the legwork myself. I will find a place, a job, and I will live there on a permanent basis. Once I make up my mind, I see it through. I've been preparing myself for this for a long time. I'm quiet, neat, clean cut and friendly to any who are friendly to me. But I'm not a sucker either. I'm a nice guy but I'm not weak. I would like to contribute and do my part as an inhabitant. Any ideas or advice you can give me is greatly appreciated and I thank you in advance. Best wishes to all!

Re: Moving in August

stjohnjulie
July 19, 2017 03:51AM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 780

Which island are you looking at?

Re: Moving in August

wesleyryan69
July 19, 2017 02:39PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 11

If I can find a job and place to stay, any island would suit me. But if not, St Thomas and I'll go from there. I'd prefer the laid back lifestyles of St John or St Croix but I have nothing against living on St Thomas. I can do anything so Im not picky. And I don't care if I just rent a room. I just want to get there and get going. I'm not there to party my way off the islands either. I'm there to live. I've traveled a lot. So I'm not going to get homesick or island fever. I'm just not the type. I'm a quiet, Christian man. I have a good resume and the desire to make it there. This is my dream. I am not doing this with any delusions. I've raised 3 kids, I'm alone and it is time to do for me while I'm still young enough to do it. Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated.

Re: Moving in August

speee1dy
July 19, 2017 04:38PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,628

you know, lots of people have packed up what they could carry, moved down sight unseen and made it work.
if thats what you want, just do it. dont live with regrets

Re: Moving in August

wesleyryan69
July 19, 2017 04:47PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 11

Thank you for the encouraging words! That is thee way I look at it. I don't need much. And I can do anything. As long as I have a job and a place to stay. I've been to the islands before. I came 21 years ago. And I've dreamed of living there ever since. I have some money coming in. So I'll have an income when I get there. I just need to supplement it. I'm excited about it. I know it wont be easy but nothing worth having ever is.

Re: Moving in August

Scubadoo
July 19, 2017 04:50PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 2,092

You can get a cheap room at the Villa Morales restaurant/guest house on STX to hold you over until you find a permanent place to lease. I saw a poster on STX for a studio for $500/mo for example last week or so.

Re: Moving in August

speee1dy
July 19, 2017 05:03PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 8,628

also check out the classified forum here

Re: Moving in August

East Ender
July 19, 2017 05:39PM

Registered: 13 years ago
Posts: 4,967

Also check out [www.crystalpalaceusvi.com]. Ronnie is doing short term rentals for folks looking to get started here on St Thomas. He's been at it for 20+ years..

Re: Moving in August

wesleyryan69
July 19, 2017 06:58PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 11

Thanks to all of you for the recommendations! I'll definitely look into them. I appreciate it. Can't wait to get there. Best wishes and God bless you all!

Re: Moving in August

Alana33
July 19, 2017 08:25PM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 12,041

You can also check Craig's List for shared accommodation and room rentals. Beware of scam ads on the Apts. for rent. It's best not to rent sight unseen unless at places such as Villa Morales/STX and Ronnie Lockhart's
Crystal Palace on STT that come recommended. There's also rental accommodations at Rhodas's Place in Tillet's Gardens/STT.

[virgin.craigslist.org]
[www.rhodasguesthouse.com]
[www.crystalpalaceusvi.com]

On STT there is NO public transportation for the north and south sides of island, unfortunately so one will need a car unless you can handle the bus service or $2 safari taxis routes which only pu and drop off on main roads, (tho buses do go into K-Mart shopping center) have erratic schedules and safaris don't run after dark, at all.
It really would be best to have your own transportation.
Can't comment on STX.

Re: Moving in August

rosesisland
July 20, 2017 07:19AM

Registered: 6 years ago
Posts: 708

I'm on STX, saw a nice efficiency on the west end on Craigslist yesterday with nice view. I think it was $700. Was a real place and not a scam.

I did just that in '95 at the age of 45, with a grown daughter, Labrador and two cats in tow, one month to the day before Marilyn hit and next 2 months without electricity sent my 21 y/o daughter packing. After 3 months I secured employment., met current husband.

If determined, it can be done. I'm quite the determined gal and not much scares me!

The west end here with its beaches and views and quietness sounds just up your alley! Come on down!

Re: Moving in August

Edw94
July 21, 2017 01:31AM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 26

Found these on Craigslist:

[virgin.craigslist.org] Available august 1st


[virgin.craigslist.org]

And this one available for the month of Oct, if you haven't already bought your flights for August and want somewhere inexpensive to crash while you get established!

I know you have to be careful on Craigslist, but we found ours on here before moving down. It may work for you too. Several more listings to Check out! Good luck!

Re: Moving in August

wesleyryan69
July 24, 2017 12:25PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 11

Thank you so much for all of your help! I have been looking into the options that have been mentioned and will continue to do so as time is short. Best wishes!

Re: Moving in August

fdr
July 24, 2017 01:55PM

Registered: 10 years ago
Posts: 1,216

Keep in mind, the islands have changed a LOT in 21 years. I'm sure you will do fine, just know there has been a lot of change and development since the 1990s.

Bring enough $ in one of those duffel bags to cover first/last/security deposit and a month's living expenses. If you are a good worker, you should land on your feet promptly. Good luck to you!

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