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I'm a twenty-nine year old Army wife currently living near a large Army post. I have an unhealthy obsession with Dr. Pepper, the Internet, cloth diapers, and ridiculous TV shows. I'm a stay at home mom to two beautiful daughters, AJ and Amelia. We also have a 6 year old beagle named Abby who is as dumb as a box of rocks.
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Monday, August 29, 2011

How Do You Move?

So the second I find out we *might* be getting new orders and therefore, could possibly be moving, I hop online and start looking at homes for rent in the new area.

I know I'm not the only one who does this.

I'm not talking about the whole, "we got our new orders and our report date is in a month" looking that most people do. I'm talking about the "we heard a rumor that we could possibly be PCSing in 6 months, so I'm going to 'get an idea' of what is available and what area of town we want to live in" looking.

What can I say? I'm a planner, and since the Army typically doesn't allow for much advanced planning, I just like to cover my ass bases. For me, this is becoming as familiar with a new area as one possibly can be using only Google street view and AHRN.com.

Its not like I physically inquire about any of the properties that catch my eye or anything. I am fully aware that most likely the houses that I like now will not be available when we finally move, I just like to start getting acquainted with my new "neighborhood" in advance. I know some people, (ahem, my husband) prefer to not "stress" over it until things are for sure. (Yes, "stress" was the word he used, and no, I was not stressing about anything, thankyouverymuch.)

I like to think that since I'm a professional PCSer, having moved 5 times so far, my system works fairly well. I mean, we only ended up in the ghetto one time. 1/5=80% success rate!

So what about you? Are you a go-getter or do you prefer to wait until the hard-copy of your orders are in hand to start your search?

5 comments:

  1. Our orders are for the next three years. We already play around on websites looking at homes and neighborhoods near places we *want* to get stationed at. I've lived in this house for ten months and am ready to move already (when we have about 35 months left!). I think it's milspouse behavior at best. The move is ingrained in us.

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  2. I'm just like you! I start searching months out, just to get an idea of the market/costs. I am fully aware that the houses I am looking at 3-6 months in advance will not be available.

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  3. I was looking for rental homes in the market where I moved in August for a very long time... registered with a website to look at listings (so I could see their addresses and Google Map them) in April or something to that effect. Yup yup, I am right there with you! (I was also bored/excited for the next phase.)

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  4. We were assigned a house here a few weeks before we even arrived. It's a small post, middle of nowhere, so without command consent you have to live in housing. Since it's my one and only experience, I guess that's all I'll know of it since my husband is done in January. :/

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  5. I am the same way. It drives me CRAZY!!

    Oh, and I MISS YOUR POSTS! Come back :)

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