Your Moving Guide

Our Hawaii Moving Guide will help give you an idea of the tasks involved when you actually begin MOVING to our special island.  We know moving can be a big ordeal with so many details involved, but if you dare to venture forth, "Seventh Heaven" awaits!

We suggest that you contact us first so that - IF you don't choose an area you really like and buy a home first - at least you can begin to get an idea of where you would like to live and a good idea of what range you are looking at for purchase (or rental) costs.

This guide aims to help anyone considering a move to Hawai'i. If you are methodical and plan your move, it can actually be a smooth and relatively easy process. We have broken the moving process into a series of steps leading to a successful arrival in Hawaii.

Step 1: Research

Think about what you really need to bring with you. What is essential, and what is optional. If cost is not an issue then you just need to think of how many boxes you will need and how many oversize items you will need to accommodate. If you are like most people and have a budget to work with then I usually recommend to just bring the essentials. Depending on where you live, Hawaii’s mild climate doesn’t warrant the need for most winter clothes. The humid climate here doesn’t work well for many luxury types of furniture, so think twice before bringing your leather sofa set or antiques. But this does depend on where in Hawai'i you plan to live.  Certain "Mauka" (up the mountain) areas can be chilly - and probably wetter - so you would need more cold-weather clothes. Will you have AC in your house? If so, you will miss those awesome trade winds and the joy of "Hawaiian style" living, but you will have more flexibility with the furniture you bring and won’t have to worry as much about the effects of mildew.

Moving a car? This should only be a realistic consideration if it is a newer car (no more than 5 years old) or if you really like and trust the reliability of your car. Shipping from the West Coast of the Mainland US costs around $1000, with shipping from other states an additional fee. So think twice before just shipping your car, there are quite a few car dealerships here and you can get a decent selection of both new and used. Though be warned, prices of new cars here tend to be significantly more than those on the Mainland, partly due to shipping fees and partly due to supply and demand.  And - if you buy in Hawaii and the owner has lived on the ocean, you need to look carefully at the issue of rust.

Do you have pets? If so you need to research Animal Quarantine Information to get the whole picture there. It can be costly and time-consuming to go through the process, but like us, our pets are our family and well worth it. Just do your research and you’ll be fine and your pets will be happy here too.

Step 2: Get Moving Quotes

Call some local moving companies and get a quote. Prices will vary depending on how much packing you plan to do yourself, and if you want door-to-door or full service. If you have a tight budget but still have a good amount of stuff to ship, you can arrange to use a container, they come in ranges from 20 feet to 40 feet in length. You can have them delivered to your home and you can pack them yourself. Full-service moving companies can do everything from packing to loading to shipping to unloading at your new house, but you will pay a premium for this service. If you are like most of us and don’t have the time to do everything yourself and have a job waiting for you, then the convenience is a necessity. We can recommend a few moving companies that have a good track record here:

Step 3: Set a Timeline for Your Move

Once you decide on a moving company, they will give you a rough time estimate, so you need to factor in your job, family, and any other time constraints into the picture to come up with an estimated date of departure. To help you get started looking for airlines to Hawaii, just click here for the airline information page. You will want to pack just enough to last the time that it takes your personal goods to arrive in Hawaii. If you are shipping a container, it can take from 1-3 weeks while cars can take 3-6 weeks.

Step 4: Plan Your Arrival

Accommodations: Depending on your particular circumstance, you may need to rent a hotel, bed and breakfast, condo, or some kind of accommodation to use until you find a long-term rental or a home to purchase. If you are planning to buy a home, I can help with this part of your move. I have extensive experience with local businesses and can give you a list of reliable options if this is what you need.

Transportation: If you ship your vehicle you may be waiting a little while for its arrival. The alternatives are to rent a car, buy a car, or make do with public transportation. Car rentals can be quite affordable if you book well in advance.

Setting up Utilities: These details may be small compared to the other concerns, but are essential to your comfort. These are all things you can do before you move in most circumstances. You should first think about your requirements as far as Internet, Cable TV, County Water, Gas, and Electricity before picking up the phone. Hawaii has a very diverse living arrangements, with ranges from full county utilities to completely off-grid with water catchment, solar systems, and propane appliances.

         Kauai Island Utility Cooperative

Step 5: The Move is Complete

Now you unpack, relax, and look for ways to enjoy your beautiful new tropical island home. If you are planning to purchase a home once you are finished moving then please contact me and I would be delighted to help you find the home of your dreams!