Moving to Maui is a very important decision one has to make. In my 10 years of blogging, many of the frequently asked questions I get are related to moving to Maui. I thought I’d ask our agents to give a tip or two on moving to Maui for this blog post. I understand there are many details to consider but I asked then to just give one or two tips, then if you need more info – contact one of the realtors that you think is the best fit for you. I linked their names to their bio:
“Remember that things take longer to ship to Hawaii, so plan ahead and consider renting a temporary storage unit. Don’t underestimate shipping fees to Maui either. Make sure you have a good Realtor who can help handle all the intricate details for you and play the devil’s advocate when needed. You’ll appreciate being able to bounce your ideas and plans off of someone knowledgeable and think through all angles while making a decision. The stakes will be high as will your emotions so having that support will be invaluable. I also provide all my clients with a list of recommendations with contact info for various vendors on island they will need. This will save you time, money, and avoid any bad experiences. This list should include movers, various contractors, landscapers, etc. that are tried and true and responsible.” Contact Kristen for more info and she’d be happy to assist you with your move. Check out Kristen’s listing here.
“One of my many tips for moving to Maui is “pack less than you think”. Furnishings and bulky items are best sold back on the mainland, the cost to move them is generally not worth it. Plus much of furniture that you have there probably wont fit in here on Maui…on the other hand small heavy expensive things may be good to ship as the container space is better utilized that way. Also small items can be shipped via USPS flat rate boxes, which are great deal for heavy small items. when it comes to your car, if you have a nice one it is probably a good idea to ship it here. I like Pasha for shipping cars, they have an enclosed boat that comes directly to the port in Maui, Matson takes your car to Oahu and then ships it on an open barge to Maui, that means it has to be loaded and unloaded 2 times and it is exposed to the open ocean for the 100 mile journey from Oahu to Maui.” Contact Tom Tezak for more info and he’d be happy to assist you with your move. Check out Tom’s listings here.
“I’d say definitely do a lot of research where you want to live on the island beforehand. When I moved out here, I came out for two weeks and visited schools, churches, even grocery stores I liked. It really helped me narrow down which part of the island felt more like me and where I felt I’d be more at home.” Contact Lauren Peacock for more info and she’d be happy to assist you with your move. Check out Lauren’s listing here.
“Moving to Maui was the best decision I made over 28 years ago!! I think my best advise for people to move here is to really enjoy each step. The lifestyle here is a little bit slower than the mainland” and that’s just how we like it! Get involved as soon as you can with people that do things that you like to do such as church, going to the beach, volunteer at your kids school etc. This will give you an immediate “Maui Ohana” and that is what you need to survive on Maui!” Contact Alana Rucynski for more info and she’d be happy to assist you with your move. Check out Alana’s listings here.
And for more Tips on Moving to Maui, watch this #MovingToMaui episode we had on #MauiMonday: