When working on a military base or before a permanent change of station, you might wonder if buying a house on a military base would be possible. Unfortunately, the answer is no. The US government doesn’t sell property on military bases, so it won’t be possible for you to purchase a house.
This leaves you with two options. The first option is to buy a home while relocating as part of your permanent change of station or PCS. The second option is to go for military housing. We’re here to talk about the perks of each option. There’s no wrong answer here, and you’ll have to choose what you think will be best for you.
Almost 40% of military members own their homes. There are several reasons why owning your place would be the better option. Owning your home is a good idea because you’ll have control over your neighborhood. When you purchase a house, you’ll select the kind of neighborhood you want and what you think would be best for your family. Privately owning a home means having several schools in your chosen neighborhood. If your children’s education is your priority, you’ll have more options if you own your home.
When you opt to buy your place, you’ll have more options than those found on-base. Depending on the base you’ll be relocating to, your options might not be exciting. Several bases have houses that need extensive repairs. Living on a base will also mean giving up some privacy and having more limitations. Everyone on the base will know you and your family. Naturally, everyone on a base knows everyone else’s business. You can also expect home inspections and certain limitations while living on a base.
Military housing has its perks too. Whether you live alone or with your family, the military will have options that suit you. The first benefit of using military housing is not having a financial commitment. Buying a home is a big step that will require a major financial commitment. If you feel like you’re not ready for that kind of commitment, military housing is a great option.
There’s nowhere safer than a military base. Everyone who enters or leaves is verified. There’s security around the clock, and it’s a closed community. If you’re primarily worried about safety, it’s unlikely that there’s anywhere where you’ll feel safer. Finally, living on a military base means taking advantage of all its amenities. You’ll have everything you require on a military base. Whether it’s a shopping center or a gym, it’ll be right there for you and your family.
It’s not easy choosing between owning a home or living on a military base. You’ll have to make a decision for yourself and your family. It’s important to weigh your options and choose the best for you right now.