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MzCoug@rRo$e
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November 30, 2010 8:46 pm  

Hi,

Researching moving from Detroit, MI to St. Thomas, any tips on finding previous and/other Motowners/MotorCitians before my arrival?

Would like to do a 2 to 3-week pre-move vacation sometime in Feb/March. When I arrive, and I know the island is relatively small, but I would like to stay in area near corporate businesses (law firms, doctor’s offices, government offices) and shopping, Any suggestions? Also, is there any house-sitting opportunities on the island?

When I relocate, thinking of shipping my 2000 Sebring convertible just to get me from A to B when I arrive. It still runs pretty good, but worried about parts and finding someone to do repairs when needed. Would this be viable for the road/weather conditions and cost effective, or should I just sell it and look for an “island” vehicle versus renting a car. What is a typical island car anyway?

Hope to complete my move by July 4th, plan to bring only my suitcase, dog and car. Right now my mind is boggling with things to do to prepare…Other than employment and housing, any tips for a 6-month step-by-step plan or anything you believe should be top priority on my list of things to do?

A few years ago, I woke up one morning, packed my bags and moved to Atlanta. It was a little rough in the beginning, but it worked out-end of staying for 3-years. However, I know this St. Thomas move will be a little more intense, so I need all the help I can get

Thanx8-)


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ms411
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December 1, 2010 8:40 am  

Quite a few people here from Detroit area. Google Homer Dive St Thomas and Homer's website should come up. I can't think of how to put you in touch with others.


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marlene
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December 1, 2010 9:54 am  

We're all over in St. Croix
Edited to say you need a 4 wheel drive in St Thomas. Roads go up and down drastically. St. Croix is more smoother hills. Why did you choose St. Thomas? Were you there before?


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East Ender
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December 1, 2010 10:51 am  

Start with the navigation panel above: "Pre-move", "Move", "Island Life", etc. Lots of basic information there to help guide you. I'm not sure what work you are thinking about. If it is tourist oriented, July is not such a great time to start.


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RockyDock
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December 1, 2010 3:38 pm  

We're all over in St. Croix
you need a 4 wheel drive in St Thomas. Roads go up and down drastically.

WOW, I didn't know that!


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Ronnie
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December 1, 2010 4:25 pm  

You don't need four wheel drive. There are thousands of cars and trucks here without 4WD with no problem.


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December 2, 2010 3:31 am  

4 wheel drive may be needed to get to your apartment as some subdivisions aren't completely paved.
A stout truck isn't really a bad idea as we have potholes that could engulf a Volkswagen that are so deep your 1/2 way to China.
You could also drive a small car very carefully(I drive a scoot, my wife drives a small beemer convertible much smaller than your Sebring).as gas is $350+/gal. here
Speaking of which, some of those cars(the Sebring) came w/ a 4 cylinder, and that car is kinda heavy, some of our hills here would kill it.
Also, 4 or 6 cylinder, those particular Chryslers had terrible transmissions.
Whatever you drive, you will go through a lot a brake shoes, fortunately these are very easy to replace(I like the ceramic pads, less dust).
You car will cost $500 to get it to Florida, $1500 to get it here via ship, & around $600 for road tax.<<Prices are aprox.
If you have any # or letter in the first digit of your VIN # other than 1 or 4, you will also need to pay customs.


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East Ender
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December 2, 2010 10:11 pm  

For your pre-move visit, you might want to pick a spot in town like the Crystal Palace. It is close to the law offices, some government offices and you can get a safari to lots of other spots like the hospital and doctor's offices. On that trip, take a notebook and write down the names and numbers of people you meet and leads you are given. You will get a good idea about your chances for finding work, but unless you have a very special ability, you may not be offered a job. During that visit, look around for housing. As an aside, most house sitting jobs go to friends or friends of friends.


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