We’re familiar with moves – across the country and across the world. Military families move with a frequency that astounds many in the civilian world. So it may feel odd to be considering a move that isn’t required by the military.
Sometimes, though, your needs change. A spouse takes a job on the other side of town, you learn more about the area or you’re adding to your family. In situations like these, your current home may no longer fit. The right home can make all the difference in creating a positive experience at your duty station! How do you decide? Start by asking these questions!
Can you afford it?
Before anything decisions are made or house hunting begins, start with a solid look at your finances. Unlike military moves, your local move won’t be supported by DLA. Does your budget have the extra room to set up new utilities or move your current ones and absorb the deposit for your new home? It may take a little planning and saving but knowing what you’re starting with is the first step to minimizing the financial stress and impact of a local move.
What needs to improve?
When your home isn’t comfortable, it can make your current assignment feel like a punishment. Take some time to figure out what you need to thrive. Do you need more room? Is the location preventing you from making the most of your time there? Is the commute infringing on time with your family? Establishing your needs will help you decide if changing your living situation will improve your overall quality of life.
If my home fits my personal taste, then I am much more free to enjoy the amenities the community offers. If my home is a source of regular frustration or discontent, those feelings eat away at any positives. Do you prefer a quiet neighborhood or a bustling area with plentiful amenities? Are you an enthusiastic foodie who loves to cook? Then you’ll need a kitchen that you enjoy being in. While these may seem trivial, if you know what is most important to your daily happiness you are more likely to make a housing choice that sets your family up for success.
How will we move?
Your local move will be a DIY – so iron out these details first before you make a decision. Do you have enough leave to take the time to move? Can you budget for a moving van, pod or professional movers?
One thing to keep in mind is that packing materials are always available around military installations. Asking in Facebook Sale groups for boxes & packing paper will help someone else by clearing it away and save you the cost of buying it! You can also check at your installation’s recycling center. They accept unbroken down boxes and stacks of paper from newly arrived military families and will often let you take boxes.
Is it time?
If you can answer each of these questions and feel good about the opportunities moving offers – it’s time for a local move. Head over to AHRN.com and update your profile. Now that you have a better of idea of which neighborhoods are the right fit, you can be even more deliberate in your home search!
An extra move can feel like a lot of additional work. But finding the right home for your family makes all the difference in the world!
Have you ever done a local move? What motivated you to make the change?