Curious as to if anyone that has relocated to the VIs has some type of excel spreadsheet or model to budget necessary costs of living? Not only on-island costs (such as energy, telephony, internets) , but if you shipped a vehicle, registration fees, etc.
Thanks so much in advance~
you can get some help from Tropical who will provide you with shipment costs.
As far as a spread sheet jut make a list of the types of expenses you will need and then thisn page has tons of estimates on the costs. There is also a sedtion on living expenses by apartment type that can help. And the big question is what island? Cheaper is St. Croix, then St. Thomas then St. John.
If you don't have the cash to do a PMV then don't do it at all.
I sent you a PM.
Billd is right. I'm in the process of relocating right now. I'll arrive STX April 12. I visited VI 3 times, twice to STT and once to STX. I spent about 3 weeks each time getting to know a bit of the areas. I chose STX mainly for cost and more laid-back culture.
As to an Excel spreadsheet, I recommend you first prepare a budget for at least one PMV: Plane fare, car rental, lodging, food, etc.
I recently threw out my "spreadsheet", which was a couple of pages of estimates on a legal pad. Thanks to my pre-move visit, I already had my living expenses nailed down pretty well, so the big variables were in the cost of the move. I wrote down everything I could think of -- cost of packing supplies (boxes, tape, bubble wrap -- lots and lots of bubble wrap), airline tickets, bag check fees, pet travel expenses (including the pre-flight vet visit), etc. No big secret to it; a typical mover's guide spreadsheet would probably work -- just add a section for PMV costs.