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islandlovers
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Good Evening all!
My boyfriend and I plus another couple are looking to move from Boulder, CO with our lovey cats to St Thomas in 2013.
We are very laid back people and while Boulder has a laid back feel, we all miss the beach and being warm.
We are all in the customer service industry and hope that we can find jobs in the tourist industry.
Does anyone have any advice for looking for a job in the service industry? We are looking for anything really but figure we might be able to find something in the service industry the easiest.
With that in mind, is there a part of the island that would be "easiest" to live on? We are not bringing a car over and hope to either walk to work or even get a moped. We are looking for just a 2 bedroom 2 bath (1 if necessary) that will allow our pets.
Any advice or tips for 2 young couples moving to the islands would be much appreciated. We are looking forward for the change in scenery and to slow down to the island pace.

Thank you all in advance!

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Topic starter Posted : January 15, 2012 9:55 pm
sheiba
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Difficult to live here without a car and expensive to relocate here. Save your $. Be prepared to put down first, last months rent plus security deposit. Vehicles are expensive because they have to be shipped over. Expect to pay 4 times what you pay stateside for power. Groceries more expensive too. Everything more expensive.
Life can be great here but pricey. Good luck with your move and be realistic, do your research before coming.

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Posted : January 15, 2012 10:12 pm
islandlovers
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Thank you for the advice! I youtubed a few driving videos of St. Thomas and I see it is not very pedestrian friendly enough to not have some kind of transportation. I should also mention that we all grew up in mountain towns which means unpaved steep roads covered in snow and ice most of the year. Do you think a moped would suffice since we know how to drive up steep hills?
Unfortunately, Boulder is about as expensive as the island so we will actually probably be very used to it. But we are saving a lot just in case we can not find jobs right away. What do you think our chances are of finding a customer service type job? And should we just show up and apply or apply in advance? I read a few articles that say no one will hire you if you're not actually there.

Thank you again!!!

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Topic starter Posted : January 16, 2012 10:15 pm
Roob
 Roob
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Congrats to you guys for making the move! as for the job search, some places are still hiring servers and bartenders..but since the season started around november..alot of those good bar tending jobs are taken..but its good to ask around and talk to people..thats one of the best ways..but yeah you should be able to find a service job..it may not pay what you want at first..but its a start...you can even offer in some places to clean boats..it may not sound fun but some of the people are willing to pay. moped..i wouldn't really suggest that but if you can't afford a car its a start..alot of people drive jeeps or suvs with 4wd..best bet around here with all these hills and safari roads. I moved from southern CA so i know how expensive it can be..if you can make it in those types of places..you can survive here..good luck to you guys and maybe i will see ya at one of the bars 🙂 cheers

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Posted : January 17, 2012 1:33 am
jbatl
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Unfortunately, Boulder is about as expensive as the island so we will actually probably be very used to it.

Probably maybe not. How much do you pay in Boulder for power per KwH?

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Posted : January 17, 2012 3:14 am
islandlovers
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Roob, thank you for the kind words and positive thoughts. I was hoping to get some kind of confirmation that service jobs would be easy to find, now just to find a place to live but we do have a year and half to find something for all of us.

Jbati, not sure about the KwH, I just pulled this from our energy site:
Schedule R $0.00023/kWh
Schedule RD $0.02/kW-Mo
I don't know what any of that means, but we pay a lot for gas especially when it dips below 30 here so for a small one bedroom I pay about $70 to heat the place up.
But general costs in Boulder seem to just be expensive. I don't know why, but our groceries can cost a lot since we have a lot of whole food, natural grocers.
Thank you for the heads up though, we are saving for the next year and a half for this relocation, hoping a few grand will help until we can find jobs.

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Topic starter Posted : January 17, 2012 9:09 pm
jbatl
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Jbati, not sure about the KwH, I just pulled this from our energy site:
Schedule R $0.00023/kWh
Schedule RD $0.02/kW-Mo
I don't know what any of that means, but we pay a lot for gas especially when it dips below 30 here so for a small one bedroom I pay about $70 to heat the place up.

Not sure what that means, either. But, seriously, not to be snarky or mean or anything, if a $70 utility bill seems a lot to you, you need to do more research about WAPA.

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Posted : January 17, 2012 11:14 pm
islandlovers
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Oh no! I definitely know $70 is not bad especially for the size our place plus we try to conserve a lot of energy by keeping our place around 60 degrees instead of the typical 71 that most people like to have their apartments at during the winter.
Thank you for the tip though and I will make sure to look into WAPA more so we can add those expenses to our budget for rent and utilities. So now have to find out what water and all that would be for a 2 bedroom. Thank you for bringing that up though, I may have overlooked it or rounded come up with a cost that wasn't even close!

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Topic starter Posted : January 17, 2012 11:48 pm
Exit Zero
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Try the "relocation Board' for a much more informative forum about moving here. Click on forum list above.

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Posted : January 18, 2012 2:43 pm
OldTart
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Try the "relocation Board' for a much more informative forum about moving here. Click on forum list above.

Suggest that before you even go onto the relocation forum you read all the information that's available on the site. Most of your questions will be answered just by reading everything there.

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Posted : January 18, 2012 6:46 pm
islandlovers
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Thank you all! Going to that now (didn't realize there were multiple ones sorry).

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Topic starter Posted : January 18, 2012 10:25 pm
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