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Looking for Recommendations on Moving car, personal items, doggie, to STT from NYC

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Hi Islanders!

I need helpful hints/advice on relocating my life from NYC to STT. Have housing, have job, have good car, experienced driving on the left, know my way around...

Need reliable but inexpensive (LOL) full service mover (if practical) and car shipper who hopefully can handle all that wretched paperwork. I'm not a stranger to island, lived there before and have been visiting pretty regularly for the last 20 years.

I have a lot of wooden furniture, mostly older or antiques...will be living in town. What is termite situation? Should I leave this stuff home and buy locally and only ship personal items (deco objects, sheets, towels, bathroom decor, area rugs, lamps, etc. and suitcase stuff?) What was your experience? Is it safe to ship clothing via the US Post Office?

I have a furry black and white Lhasa/Apso mix dog (20 lb.) who will definitely come with me. Indoor dog but dog loves to scamper and I have a yard. Advice on fleas, ticks, tick fever, heart worm?

All relevant help and advice will be greatly appreciated....


Posted : December 8, 2008 7:40 pm
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Hello Red,

I have been researching a potential move to the VI for about a 6 weeks now and had some of the same questions! I got most of my answers by looking at all the posts I could. I am currently on pg 31 of the forum, which is back to May of 08. and everything you have asked about is there! I am not worried about termites, so I have not seen anything on that, although I have read that a monthy exterminator does help!

Good Luck!

Posted : December 8, 2008 8:12 pm
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I don't know about the antiques but if you're sure they'll fit in here & aren't museum quality (stuff can be damaged shipping), go ahead & bring it. You might want to store that type stuff until you're here for a while & ship the items down later. If you rent a place, you may wind up hating the location/apartment/neighbors & want to move & the perfect place might be too small or not quite right for the antique furniture. Termits can present a problem but keep checking the items to make sure they aren't getting infested.

Get your dog on heartworm medicine without fail. My dog doesn't get flea medicine because she's indoors & I hesitate to put that stuff on her neck if I don't have to. Your situation might be different if your pet will be outside a lot so it might be a good idea.

It's fine to ship clothing, etc. via USPS. If you know the size of the bed you'll have I'd get all the good sheets & towels, etc. up there since you have access to greater variety at usually cheaper prices. Can't help with a good shipper. Best of luck!

Posted : December 8, 2008 9:33 pm
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Beware of the commercial movers... their paid grunt labor are often without background check... numerous examples can be cited of burglaries happening the day following a move, either in or out. Many things do not arrive. Pack yourself and used a freight forwarder like Deliver-it, VI Cargo, Tropical, Managed Freight. Pick up at their facility, do not have it delivered.

Posted : December 9, 2008 3:47 pm
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We moved to STT in October 2008. We used Eastern Frieght in Riviera Beach, Flordia to crate our motorcycle and Tropical shiiping to ship it to STT. You can go online to either place, and they will give you an approx quote for their services. We were very pleased with these companies and their actual cost was under their quoted pricing. We would reccomend them to anyone shipping from Flordia.

Posted : December 9, 2008 11:15 pm
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Red, I'd suggest leaving most of your furniture behind for the time being.
You'll likely move down here, stay one place, then find another to settle in. Then you can have your stuff sent down.
The more you move old stuff, the older it gets!
Plus, your ideas of what you "have to have" down here are likely going to change.
This is the advice I was given prior to our move, and like so many others, our experience confirmed it.

I shipped 40 boxes of junk, household goods, kitchen, clothes, etc, via USPS without incident. 1/3 of it we could have left behind.
The most important thing to bring with you is cash. 🙂

Posted : December 9, 2008 11:33 pm
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