The excitement of finding your new home in the Caribbean has a practical aspect that will require some planning… moving your belongings to your chosen location. This does not have to be too stressful, though, if you plan well. Also, there are numerous companies specializing in international relocation, so be sure to check our Pros if you need help.
Following are some general guidelines to get you started in planning your move to the Caribbean.
When reviewing your finances, be sure to allow for shipping costs and other expenses relating to your relocation.
Keep in mind that it is often more economical to buy items at your destination than to ship them. As an example, it is often better to buy furniture and appliances at your new home. Not only will this decrease your shipping costs, it will also avoid problems with incompatible electrical systems for appliances, lighting, televisions, etc.
In contrast, it makes sense to ship small, useful items that would be expensive to replace.
Consider bringing some items that have special meaning for you, even if they are a bit expensive to ship. Photos, paintings, and favorite decorations will help ease the transition to your new home and personalize the space.
If you are buying a second home or do not plan to bring much from your current home, you may want to send packages by mail or courier rather than by shipping container. Check the rates to see if it is feasible.
Import duties can be high, although many countries allow for a one-time exemption if you are making a permanent move. This is an important factor to consider when planning your relocation.