Moving To STX end of Sept. Any advice?
Ive been reading the message board for a few weeks now.I recently accepted a job with a minimum one year contract to come down to StX and work for Acuren in the Inspection department at the Hovensa refinery.
I relocated from Seattle to my current home here in Montana when I was 20 and now 5 years later I have a chance to do it again but now to the Virgin Islands. I am extremely excited! Its hard for me to leave my girlfriend of 9 months and all of the great friends I have made here in Montana.
I am putting most of my big things in storage here and shipping some boxes down there. I'm sending my pit bull home to live with my parents. I was going to ship my truck down there but after careful consideration I realized it wasn't really worth it and instead I'm going to buy an island car.
I celebrated my birthday this year in South Beach florida so Im imagining the climate is somewhat like that?
I'm writing this post to ask for some advice from people who have made the move and to maybe make some friends. What to bring? what not to bring? the best way at finding a good rental? buying an island car? Are there things I should stock up on before I arrive?
Thank you and I look forward to any feedback
I don't live in STT yet, so not much advise for me to give. Just thought I would bump up an all important relocation question that may have otherwise been overlooked.
Ben - I moved to STX from Seattle about 3 years ago. The climate/weather here is in the 80's all year around, so you don't get the miserable depression syndrome from month after month of gray murky skies and chilly rainfall. Physically you tend to feel better here and happier simply from feeling better and not hibernating half the year.
I am a Realtor on STX and sometimes have rental condos or houses available. I don't know if I'll have something that would work for you when you arrive, but it is a possibility. Some rentals are handled by property managers and others are handled directly by the landlords. Most of the landlord-arranged rentals are found through word of mouth, although a few turn up in the local newspaper. You will probably have to be on-island to find that type of rental. Your company will undoubtedly arrange short-term housing for you when you first arrive. Some of your new work-mates may have suggestions for you also. Once Acuren tells you what kind of housing allowance you get, you will be better able to start exploring specific possibilities. Rentals are most likely more expensive on STX than where you live now. Getting past the sticker shock is the first step.
I do have one condo available now and one coming up in mid-September that I know of already.
I hope you did a Pre Move Visit before making your decision. The climate is similar to South Beach, but nothing else is. It's beautiful here, but it is another world.