replied to the thread Cost of living in Nassau
on the Bahamas forum on July 30, 2014:
Hi can anyone give me a ball park figure for the following please:
A TV Package with sports channels
An average grocery shop for a couple
Monthly utility bills during the winter and the summer.
replied on July 30, 2014 with:
It is also important that you buy your chicken and meats from a good source. Solomons Fresh Market and Bahamas Food Services are the safest. BFS sells bulk so it is a good idea to share the meat orders with another person.
replied on July 29, 2014 with:
Oh, and keep in mind that some people are much more heat tolerant, and find that they are quite happy leaving windows open through the cooler and less stifling hot days. So, the electricity bills could be much lower still. We have had a dust bowl behind us for the last 4 years, so even in the winter time, we don't often open the windows. If you did, the electricity in the winter months may be much less.
In the summer, I can't handle the heat, but if you are heat tolerant, you may find that you do not need as much AC.
replied to the thread Working in the Bahamas
on the Bahamas forum on July 29, 2014:
Hi another question for you guys. My husband has been offered a job but I think I am going to find it more difficult as my skills are in general admin/secertarial work. Would there be any chance does anyone know of doing work from home on the intrenet for say companies in America?
replied on July 29, 2014 with:
This is definitely an option. Your income would not be in the Bahamas, and a Bahamian would not be eligible to take the job because it would be for an American company.
I've been offered a job in Nassau. The job itself is quite interesting. The decision about whether to take it is very hard. They want my response next week and my arrival in less than a month. We have many factors to consider. Among them, the salary might be modest considering cost of living on New Providence (I have a wife, baby, and dog). We'd need to rent a place within 2 weeks of arrival and we'd also need a car.
We know to expect higher prices on almost everything, but our lifestyle can be modest. We'd prefer to live in a simple, relatively quiet retreat with some private outdoor space, but we have little idea if that is possible there.
So I am somewhat concerned about affordability, but I'm at least as much concerned about safety. St. Thomas seems to have many similarities to New Providence but not as large. We had mixed feelings about leaving that island. At the time, we didn't think it likely that we would ever live on an urban island again. Had our circumstances been just a little different, I think we would have much more fond memories of STT. But there was also a rise in crime on STT and most of the people we met were much more into partying than simple living.
Our dog factors into both affordability and safety. Leaving him behind is not an option. He is expensive to own (food) but the love and security he provides is priceless. I am more concerned about transporting the dog than anything else in the travel phase, but I know I can work it out.
We are an adventurous lot, and while it would take hard work to relocate, it's a good opportunity for me right now.
What a ramble. I guess I hope someone can tell me about living in Nassau with a family.
Thanks for all the comments. After considering the difficulty of relocating my family on short notice (and short money), I declined the offer.
replied on July 27, 2014 with:
Bringing your dog will not be an issue - many people do so. As SoulChef has said, though, just be sure to get his papers in order.
As for a place to live, you can start "looking" on the realty websites - sirbahamas.com; hgchristie.com; erabahamas.com are 3 really reputable companies. If you start your research now, you can be set up to see places very quickly. There are a lot of rentals available.
As for your requirements for the type of place, you may have a bit of difficulty finding all that in a safe (aka gated) environment, but you may luck out. In terms of price, you are likely looking at $1500 to $4000 for a place in a gated community. Sandyport is a community with lots of young families and may offer you the opportunity to meet like minded people. It is more expensive, though, because it is a canal community. Treasure Cove out east has homes with more yard at a much more affordable price, but it is much farther from amenities than Sandyport (aka there is nothing within walking distance).
As for crime - most crime is between known people here, but there is still the random crime that there is anywhere, so you just need to be aware of your surroundings and be careful.
As for a car, there are lots of expats who come and go and sell their vehicles when they leave. Of course, you can also lease. There are many auto sales companies here so it should not be a problem.
Now, if you are to arrive and begin this quickly, as SoulChef has suggested, be sure your work permit is in order. To arrive this quickly clearly suggests that the typical due diligences may not have been completed by the time you arrive. Talk to your potential employer about this to be sure you can arrive and be "legal." Otherwise, to invest in a home and car before you know this can be a financial risk.
Hope this helps, and good luck!
replied to the thread Opportunities?
on the Bahamas forum:
I have had my Spousal Permit for a few weeks now and was wondering if anyone knew of any job opportunities? It seems to be really hard to find things online down there but I am looking to relocated ASAP!! My background is in insurance (health primarily) but I am open to just about anything.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!
You've got your permit already and you just married in May? That's amazing; one for the records.
Dolfie yes I am! We tied the knot in May! :)
replied to the thread Moving to Nassau
on the Bahamas forum on July 24, 2014:
I was given a job offer to work in Nassau that pays a monthly salary of 5000 USD and a company vehicle. I am a married mother of an 8 yr old girl. My family would be migrating with me. Is that salary more than enough to cover rent, school fees for my daughter and living expenses? My husband would nee to find a job in Nassau. He's a trained personal bodyguard. Is there a market for that job in Nassau? Please help
replied on July 24, 2014 with:
You said that the salary and vehicle are the only offers - if you get a company vehicle, it would make sense to try to negotiate living expenses ( including rent) and school fees. These can be pretty expensive. To live in a safe area with a family, you are likely looking at $1500 and up.
As for a job for your husband, it is really important to remember that to be able to get a workpermit here, a potential employer would need to be able to certify that they cannot find a Bahamian who is willing and qualified for the job. So, this may be a tougher prospect.
Opportunities for those residing in Bahamas. Job offer close to you.
replied to the thread Cars and Driving in the Bahamas
on the Bahamas forum:
My husband and I are thinking about moving to the Bahamas for 2/3 years. We currently have a car which we have only had for a couple of years which is worth about £17,000. Is is right that wee had the car shipped across that we would have to pay import tax at around 50-75%? If this is so we may have to think about leasing a car. Does anyone know of a company that does this that I can check out some prices from please.
Secondly how long can we drive in the Bahamas on our UK licences. I have heard that we would need to get an international licence. Does this mean we will have to take a test or is it just about filling in a few forms and applying for one.
Thanks for that really useful especially the news that we won't have to sit another driving test!
replied on July 15, 2014 with:
If you are only coming for 2 to 3 years, it really does not make sense to bring your vehicle. Duties are anywhere up to 85% depending on the vehicle. That said, there are plenty of used vehicles that you can purchase as the expat community is constantly in flux.
Nassau Motor Com; Nassau Bus & Truck, and numerous other auto sales companies are options - probably options that are most reputable - for leases or off lease purchases.
Without knowing the other new & used dealers well, here is the link for NMC's used vehicle listings: http://www.nassaumotor.com/pre-owned/
These are pre-owned and off lease listings.
As for driving on your UK licenses, once you have a work permit, you should get your Bahamian licence (not an international) - you do not need to give up your UK licence, and you can use a valid UK licence to get your Bahamian licence without requiring testing - just paperwork. If you are a non-working spouse, once you have a spousal permit, you can get your Bahamian licence.
Hope that helps!
In my research I learned if I only stay there for six months without working everything will be fine.. If I stay longer then 8 months I have to report in.