We were in the military for a long time and when we would move there were many things that I wanted to know about. So many questions. So many things to explore. Where to live, schools, where to work. So many decisions to make as a spouse of a military member. I think the three biggest things that you should inquire about when you’re getting ready to move are:
3 things you need to know when moving to a new area
1.) The school district. If you have kids it’s obviously very important to know that you’re going to be settled into a community where the schools are as good as you can get. There are a ton of good school districts so you just need to do some research, talk to people online. Use your online social media tools like face Book and Instagram. There’s already people living in your area that are more than willing to talk to you about the school. Ask about the district, the teachers, superintendents, the budget, special programs for your children that he might need as well as sports and extracurricular activities. I think that was one of the main things that I was concerned about when I moved from Florida to New Jersey. I was so nervous about where to send my daughter for kindergarten so we settled on a place where my husband actually went to school when he was younger. But it’s difficult and you really need to do a lot of research to make sure that your kids are going to get the best education that they can. If you don’t have kids yet obviously it’s not going to be a top concern for you. But if you are buying a house you may want to consider renting it when you leave. The schools will be important for your future tenants especially if they have children.
2.) I was very concerned about what I was going to do for work seeing as I was coming from a job I had had for 14 years at a major airline in Florida. So I was concerned about where I was going to be able to work while my husband was working and what I can do to bring in a second income. Are their jobs? Are the jobs paying more than they were paying in Florida less than they were paying in Florida or wherever you were at. It’s a huge question if you’re not planning on working right away then that’s great you can get to your new area and decide when you get there what’s going to work for you as far as going back to school, finding a job immediately or just waiting until the time is right to jump Into something new.
3.) To me neighborhood and community were important and I like close proximity to beaches. I feel like the neighborhood you live in is going to be super important whether it’s a place that is more rural or the more suburban area so you can be near a bigger city it’s important to find out what’s going to work for you especially if you’re here for three or four years in the military that might take your husband or wife out of town frequently and you’re home alone a lot you may want to be near other military families or near the base where they are stationed out of. So it’s important to find out what the neighborhoods are like where the other military members might live and I’ve also had people that don’t want to be super close to other military members. So that happens also where you don’t want to be on top of the other people who work with your husband or your wife so that’s really important. Also, finding local restaurants, churches, parks and dog friendly areas.
There so much to think about when you’re moving to a new area. But you will have a lot of support from your military friends and always check for a spouses page on Facebook for the new area that you’re moving to and get accepted to that right away. And just ask a lot of questions. Good luck on your journey!
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