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a few questions for relocating

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Is it practical to think that we can wait until we get to STX to find a place and rent it (within a week?) - looking for a "turn-key" Year + rental?
I am guessing that we are at an advantage because of the economy right now.

Also - how much are utilities? I've heard that Trash is really expensive because it's an Island... something we don't have to pay for at all.

Do people drive golf carts and mopeds in ST Croix as much as the other islands? Or is it really a "car" necessary place?

Posted : October 13, 2009 2:49 am
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Yes you will be able to arrive and find a turn key rental within a week if you want.
Not sure how to evaluate the advantage /economy question.
Utilities can vary depending on the size of your rental and use of things like AC or pool pumps,water heaters etc. - figure $100 -$500 a month -- min/max
Phone , cable and internet will probably be about $200 mo. You may have to pay for water depending on the rental.
You generally take your trash to a dumpster yourself - no charge!
No golf carts, few mopeds -yes a car is necessary 99% of the time for most situations. Certainly rent one to look for a rental home!
Almost everyone will recommend a pre-move visit to sort some of these things out before you commit to a major move. I agree.

Posted : October 13, 2009 3:06 am
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unfortunately, we don't have time for a pre-move visit, we're moving in a few weeks.

Posted : October 13, 2009 3:18 am
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Good morning CAtoSTX,

Please do a lot of reading on this board. If your biggest concern is the cost of trash and you're picturing folks driving golf carts everywhere, you are in for some very rude surprises when you arrive! Good luck to you.

Posted : October 13, 2009 11:20 am
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You'll have better luck finding an apartment fast over finding a house. Still, there are only so many places availabe in any given week so it's a crap shoot. This time of year many of the smaller units will start to be taken over by seasonal workers. Renters also compete with contractors who come down to work on projects at the refinery. Asking prices usually go up when there's a major project going on. My suggestion is to rent a place on a monthly basis while you continue to look for something more suitable.

Yes, you'll need a car.

Many folks bring their trash to "the dump" - dumpsters located at several locations around the island. There are pick up services available, though. I think they run something like $20 a week for two pick ups.

Posted : October 13, 2009 11:26 am
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I offer short term or long term turn-key rentals on STX. It's the ideal relocation option. You can rent monthly, if you want to get to know the island before making a long term commitment, which is usually a good idea. We are, however, very well located and convenient to most of the island. It's also a nice area, and the apartments are clean and well-maintained.

You need transportation. You might get by with a scooter for a while, but I really suggest a car.

Depending on your arrival....I have a large 2 bedroom, 2 bath apt. opening up November 10, and I have a studio for December 1.

All of our apartments include free garbage pick-up, satellite TV and wireless Internet.

You can check out our website at: http://www.virginislandsrentals.com. Lots more info and pictures there.

Rates vary depending on size, of course, and also length of stay.

2/2 runs $1295 to $1650
Studio runs $850-$950

Electric and water are additional, but already on.

Sorry about the "ad", but hey...just trying to help!;)

Posted : October 13, 2009 12:50 pm
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We get our trash picked up every tues for $18 a month on STX by VI regulated waste.

Posted : October 13, 2009 10:02 pm
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Thanks for the advice all - it's really appreciated.

FDR - I've got many more questions, but I like to keep things interesting.

Juanita - I've been looking at your listings and you're making me re-think our plans slightly, so I may be in touch about short-term rentals.

So... are there any "major projects" coming up that anyone knows about and will cause the rental market to change in a month?

Posted : October 14, 2009 3:07 am
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