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Moving to Nassau in January - a few specific questions...

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Watermelon
11/23/2017 14:09 EST

Hi all,

After reading a lot of the useful posts here (and doing a lot of research), I still have a few specific questions that I'd love your help with!

I'm moving out from the UK to Nassau in January 2018, along with my wife, dog (labrador) and cat (who will all come a couple of months later).

Please could you help me with the following items I haven't seemed to be able to find out about so far:

*Housing - As I have pets does this generally mean I won't be able to rent somewhere within a gated community? (a ground floor condo or single house)

We are looking to live out west (cable beach / sandyport way) ideally in a 2 bed 2 bath place, with space for the animals (so a single family house is probably the best fit). Would a budget of $2,500-2,700 be ok for this? (excl. utilities) I've looked online and it looks like closer to $2,700 would be ok - but these posts may be out of date!?

* Visas - Initially I will get my wife a permit to reside, BUT she will want to get a job after 4-6 months (has a good business college / university degree). Is there the ability to start on a permit to reside and then seek a job and subsequently apply for a long term work assignment permit once she has passed an interview? If not, what options do we have?

*Vehicle - I've been looking on Automall used and a few other classifieds - I'd like some sort of SUV and happy for it to be 10-11+ years old (as long as it works!). Would $5-6k be enough for this? Alternatively - are scooters cheap to buy as a short term fix for my first 2-3 months before the family comes out (and before the rainy season)?

*Auto Insurance - Not been able to find the cost of this at all. Based on a SUV as described above, what would the annual cost of a 3rd party fire / theft policy be? So far I'm budgeting $1,200 but I fear this may be a bit low.

*Volunteering - Does anyone have any affiliation with any of the animal charities / shelters on the island that might benefit from me and my wife volunteering part time? My wife is also interested to change her career to animal care / psychology so would be very motivated to volunteer.

* Pet relocation - We've been recommended Pet Air UK to fly the dog / cat out - Has anyone brought pets from the UK with this company or any others? (I'm just about on top of the vaccination requirements etc)

I'm sure I'll think of some other questions as I'm doing my research - any help with these would be very much appreciated!

Thanks!

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breija
11/24/2017 17:49 EST

Hi watermelon,

I sent you a PM with lots of information.

Breija

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breija
11/24/2017 18:01 EST

Hi again,

HGChristie.com and SIRBahamas.com are good sites to look at rentals.

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VATlady
12/1/2017 09:42 EST

We lived in the Cable Beach area at Delaporte for three years. When we moved from Canada, we had a dog (sadly he passed away six months after we moved). When we were looking for a place to live, we required a pet friendly location and our realtor was able to identify a half dozen places that accepted pets. However, the rent range was $2,500 to $3,400 and we ultimately chose the place at the top end of the range based on location and other features (it was a furnished three bedroom, townhouse style so not in an apartment). This budget is still fairly relevant. We had to pay electricity, cable, phone and internet on top of this which ran about $200 to $300 a month for electricity and a cable/phone/internet pkg from Cable Bahamas ran about $150/month. Generally, it is difficult to find employment for your spouse. The government will typically not issue a work permit if the person is already on the island. For vehicles, I sold my SUV recently - it was a 2009 Hyundai Tucson with 52K mileage and I got $8,000 USD for it. We considered a scooter but it isn't very convenient on rainy days. Auto insurance cost me about $700 a year and it covered me and occasional drivers (my spouse included). We are older drivers with a clean driving record - I don't know if that made much of a difference in the annual cost though. The Canadian Women's Club has close affiliation with the Bahamas Humane Society which would be happy to have a new volunteer. Before having your pets shipped out, be sure to get all your permits from The Bahamas government. They are pretty strict - we had to get certain vaccines and certificates in Canada before leaving and our vet was surprised about which vaccines were required (some of them had to be special ordered). We had our dog fly out of Canada on the same flight as my spouse rather than shipped separate. It was less traumatizing. Hope these are helpful!

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Badfish67
7/20/2018 14:25 EST

Could you send me the same info please.

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breija
7/20/2018 15:19 EST

Sent you a PM Badfish

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