Relocating overseas is an exciting prospect that marks the beginning of a new chapter in your life. If you have purchased a property in St Lucia and are keen for the big move to go without a hitch, there is a lot of advance planning that needs to be done. When you have around three months until you arrive in the Caribbean, considering the following aspects will help you to hit the ground running and quickly adjust to life on the island. |
If you are relocating with a pet, you will already be thinking about how to bring it along with you. It is a member of the family, after all. You are able to move your companion to St Lucia, but you will first need to contact the consulate to check that the species is allowed. They will also inform you regarding what the process entails. There will be numerous vet appointments to attend and paperwork to fill out, so give yourself plenty of time to get this all completed. You will also need to find a reputable animal carrier; researching online and finding customer reviews is the best way to do this. Remember, it will be a difficult process for your pet, so look for companies that provide a high-quality service.
When you give yourself around three months to ship your furniture, clothes, appliances and anything else, you have the flexibility to opt for the much cheaper option of sea freight. If you ship your possessions off a while before you leave so that they arrive around the same time that you do, keep in mind that you will have to make do without these items until you depart. I strongly recommend getting an estimated delivery date from the removals company; this will give you a way of determining whether they are taking longer than expected (unfortunately a common problem).
As a side note, you may want to consider not bringing all of your possessions with you and instead sell certain items. This will reduce the cost of the shipment, raise funds, and give you a fresh start in your new property in St Lucia. You can purchase everything you need on the island and find items more suited to the Caribbean lifestyle.
In order to get the most for your money, it is worth considering making arrangements to move your cash in advance. High street banks should be avoided at all costs, as here you will likely get poor exchange rates. Instead, use independent currency specialists. You will get better exchange rates, plus many allow you to “lock-in” a favourable rate even if you do not plan to transfer the funds in the near future.
If you have purchased a property in St Lucia and are relocating to the island, these are the key aspects that you should be addressing within about three months before setting off. Contact my team today to discuss relocating here and advance planning, so that you can quickly settle when you arrive.
Adam Gobat is a renowned expert on the Caribbean, with a passion for its culture, history, people and places. His indepth local knowledge and wealth of experience in luxury property in St Lucia are key to the marketing and sales of the luxury villas and penthouses in The Landings, one of the most desirable freehold beachfront developments in the Caribbean.
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