We are considering a move to Hong Kong from Virginia and have many many questions! Apparently it will be up to my husband to negotiate his salary and benefit package so we want as much information as possible.
We're told that there will be a housing allowance-we would be looking for a 3 bedroom in a community like DB or Repulse Bay. Are there any other communities worth considering? We will probably not bother with a car so we need to be convienent to public transport.
Our children are 7 and 9 (2nd and 4th graders) so we will also need one of the international schools. Would tutition be something he could negotiate for? He would be working for a shipping company, so I am not concerned with moving personal belongings, that will be taken care of!
Also we have two cats, one of whom is a diabetic, that I really hate to abandon after 12 years...but how is veterinary care in HK? If they even survive the flight!
Can he also negotiate flights home as part of a package? I guess almost anything could be negotiated, but we really feel like we're going into this blind and don't have any idea what's reasonable. We just don't want to end up not asking for enough and ending up with a lower standard of living, and no savings.
He will also have to choose whether to be paid in HK dollars or US. Any thoughts? We have been told that being paid in HK will mean a disruption in SS payments, but that for a 2 or 3 year stint it won't amount to enough
to reduce retirement benefits.
We also are not sure what to do with house and cars? Sell them? We thought about renting our house, but I guess if we are not paying rent in HK we really wouldn't have to. I just don't want to come back to find our house trashed and not kept up. Be nice to find a housesitter to take care of cats and house for 2 years!
Any advice anyone can give us would be much appreciated!