Where and how do you start the process once you’ve decided to relocate to the Cayman Islands?

It can seem daunting when you first think about relocating. But fear not, it can be done and with a little planning it can even happen pretty smoothly. You’ll find that there are many people who have done it before and are now waiting to assist you.

Four aspects to consider:

  • Packing and moving your belongings and personal effects (furniture, appliances, clothes, etc.);
  • Getting yourself and your family from your current location to Cayman, and ensuring you have the necessary documents to arrive on the other side; and
  • Shipping your pets.
  • Getting settled in Cayman

It is said that moving, and changing jobs, are some of the most stressful things you will ever do in your life. Relocating to another country then is sure to be a challenging experience, as you are doing both at the same time! And of course change is always difficult. So your best bet is to stay calm and focused, make plenty of lists and ask for help.

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Before you leave your home country for Cayman you will need to sort out your goods into take, keep/store and give-away/discard piles before you start packing up. When deciding on what goes into which category you will need to consider some of the following:

  • How long are you going to be gone? On a one year contract it would be cheaper and simpler to rent furnished accommodation when you land.
  • Does your new employment package include any relocation allowance for shipping of items? If not, can you afford this expense? What is the cost to store your items instead?
  • What would it cost to move and clear your belongings at customs as well as obtaining clearance for these items on arrival in Cayman vs. buying new or second-hand when you have arrived and settled? Consider the size of the accommodation you are likely to find vs. the type of home you have now. Will your furniture fit?
  • Inventory everything you are storing or shipping as you box it. Believe us – you will thank yourself later for it!
  • Lastly consider if your appliances will work here? Depending on where you are coming from, electricity voltage, TV signals, DVD zones and so on may be incompatible.

Once you are ready to ship your belongings make sure to contract an international moving company that is insured and reputable, or at least a good partnership at the other end. If you are letting your existing property in your home country for the duration of your contract, or if you place some items into storage, you will need to update your personal insurance company that you have made this change.

For you and your family you may want to enlist the help of a Cayman-based Relocation Company before you arrive. A Relocation Company is an organization that can assist you with various aspects of the move so you hit the ground running. Some companies will even be willing to include this expense in your new contract, so it’s worth asking for. Drawing on their relationships with other professionals (Real Estate Agents, Schools, Government Agencies), and their own experience, a Relocation Company will make the arrival and settling-in process as painless as possible, answer all your questions, and give you invaluable advice.

The services provided will include some, if not all, of the following:

  • Area Orientation
  • Home Search and Settling-in Support
  • Red-tape and Utility Connection Management
  • School Search advice and assistance
  • Cultural information and events
  • Home Furnishing Assistance
  • Lease Renewal Negotiations
  • Exit Service

When you’ve decided to make the move, don't forget that your pet deserves special attention too!


CENTURY 21 Cayman Relocation Services

International Realty Group Ltd.