Being in the military often means being ready to move home at a moment’s notice. When you’re reassigned to another location, you’ll have to pack up and move. A lot of people take their family with them when it’s time to move on. However, finding a new home when you reach your destination isn’t always a pleasant task. If you’ve had to do it often, you’ll be used to it, but that doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy it. If it’s your first time moving your family for your career, you might not know your options. Before you move, here are some of the living situations that you can choose from.

Living On-base

The military can require you to stay in family housing on-base. Many families do this, but it’s not always necessary or even possible. A lot of places don’t have any room, so even if you were required to live on-base, you wouldn’t be able to. However, if you do live there, you can find it’s very different to being in other accommodation. There are both pros and cons to doing it. Some families enjoy being able to socialize with and support each other. But it can sometimes be a chaotic and noisy environment to live in, despite all the rules and regulations.

Being Provided with a Rental List

If there is no accommodation on-base, or you don’t want to live there, you can get a list of rentals from your housing office. When you visit them, you can also put your name down for on-base housing, in case you want to live there in the future. The list they give you will have local rentals whose landlords have decided to list themselves with the base. This means that you know they’re military-friendly. It’s a good place to start if you’re not sure where to look for your home. However, you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to.

Choosing a Home Catering to Military Families

There are likely to be a number of places in the area that cater specifically to military families. They know that the base is there and that the people who work there need places to stay. You’ll find everything from standard homes to those that go above and beyond to provide for military families. At Patriot Park apartments, you can have a short-term lease and furnished home. There’s lots of shared community spaces too. If you want to live off-base but still meet other military families, these could be a good option for you.

Non-military Housing

You can also find off-base accommodation that isn’t targeted at military personnel. You might find that some other places don’t feel homely enough, so you want somewhere cozier. If you want to rent somewhere that’s just a typical family home, make sure you check the rental agreement. There should be a military clause, which allows you to get out of the contract if you have to move.

You might live in several homes within a short time. But if you look for somewhere that suits you, you can settle in to every one.