I need some help! This will be our second time being relocated this summer and I don't want to make the same mistake twice. The first time my husband was in basic training and it was up to me where to move, it was difficult not only because I had no idea how to find a place but also because I had several people in my ear. In the end, we got stuck with a place that was too expensive and just not right for us. This time around it will be much easier because he is only in A School so we have plenty of communication. I'm still nervous though because we find out where we are going in a couple weeks. I've had an idea of wherever we get stationed, I can look up the local newspaper online and look for houses for rent and before we head there call and schedule to look at the houses so when we get there we are only stuck in a hotel for a couple days. What do you think of that? Are there any other suggestions in finding a home? We are going to start a family soon and we have 2 small dogs so also any tips on what to look for in a home would be great as well!
The only rule that I stick to when finding any home for a PCS is the school distric ratings, you can look this up online or with the help of Google get the top ten in the area you are moving to. After I have a few places in mind the next concideration is drive time and how large the base is that I am going to. If your drive time is twenty minutes but it will take you fourty minutes to get where you need to be, because it takes ten minutes to get on base and another thirty to get to where you are on base then maybe a closer area is best for you, or even on base. I know a lot of people are attracted to living off base because of the privitization of military housing that is happening and the allure of BAH, but if the drive is eliminated and you have most or all of your expenses paid for, for me its sometimes worth living on base.