Wanting to relocate from Missouri.
My girlfriend, our two children, and I are planning on relocating to STX sometime within the next year. We plan on taking a vacation/pre-move visit soon.
She has a Masters Degree in psychology and criminal justice, and I have been in construction(rough and finish work), maintenance, and heavy equipment operation my entire life, I also have 4+ years experience as a bartender/server/cook. We are planning on shipping one of our vehicles there when we move and selling the other.
I'm pretty good at finding info on what/who/where to call to get stuff lined up, and we are both very good planners.
What we are looking for is someone who can tell us more specifics on areas of the island. i.e. what neighborhoods to stay away from, as far as looking for a place to live/rent.
Maybe give some ideas/advice on places to call/look when we are ready to find jobs (before the move, of course).
Maybe making a friend or two, maybe like pen-pals, who could show us around when we do come to visit and eventually take the leap.
From the few people and businesses I have called, one being the wrong number, asking random questions I already love the people and attitudes there. The wrong number was actually glad to give me as much info he could about the business I was trying to reach.
With some basic research on job salaries and availability, our rent budget is looking to be around $1,000-$1,100...ish.
Any advice or comments are greatly appreciated.
Hard to tell whether or not you've read the vast amount of information in the drop-down menus top of the page but a heads-up if you didn't know it was there!
Very briefly to address a couple of your questions, finding job contacts before you arrive on island rarely accomplishes much. Employers rarely spend time discussing job openings with anyone who's not yet physically settled in here.
On your pre-move visit (don't look at it as a vacation) you'll need to thoroughly investigate schooling for your children and plan your visit when schools are in session so you can get a first hand look at what's available.
Bear in mind also that the territory doesn't participate in the Affordable Health Care Act and there is no affordable individual health care offered here as yet. If you currently have health insurance it will only cover you for a short time here, so just be aware.