On or Off base?

Would you ladies rather live on or off base?


DH and I were discussing this last night because we'll be losing close to $1,000 a month in BAH no matter where we go next and BAH will no longer cover all of our rent like it does now(and then some). We got online a looked at base housing and it's actually really nice. I used to think I wouldn't want to live on base but now that I've been in housing on multiple bases I'm changing my mind.

Posted on December 10, 2009 at 2:05 pm
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m.h.1.23
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It really depends on the area. We are planning to buy a house at our next post, so we would live off post. Then just rent it out when we move. However, if the area is gross, then we will just live on post.


If you guys will be going in the hole living off post, then I would just live on post- I wouldn't use money from his reg income to pay for it. You can prob look aroud and find a place within his BAH though- unless there are specific things you are looking for that will make it pricier.

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 2:41 am
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We live on base, its pros: safe, convienent, less stress


                         cons: little privacy, they are sorta old, neighbors can be too close for comfort, little yard space ect...


 


we cant wait to move off base, but I think it all depends where you are stationed. We are at andrews afb

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 3:28 am
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@mh- bah is only meant to cover 80% of your cost of living we just lucked out because his bah is based off cost of living where his office is which is 15 minutes outside of Boston and we live in New Hampshire which is MUCH cheaper so we're able to cover all of our rent and utilities. @Tys I'm not sure about the Air Force but the Army has been doing MAJOR renovations on all of their bases and the housing is really nice now. If we get stationed in Savannah bah is $1000 which is an $800 cut from what he gets now and that will only cover rent because we are looking for a house since we want to start our family at his next duty station and because of the dogs.

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm
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oops dp

Posted on December 13, 2009 at 1:25 pm
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We plan to live on base. Less hassle I think. Also, we will be on the island of Guam where crime can be high. I just heard about a lady's son who volunteered to go on a mission and when he return is acoustic guitar and amp were gone.

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 1:42 am
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I never knew it was only supposed to cover 80%- I learn something new every day.


I know a couple people who have found military fams that own houses- they negotiated a price with them for rent. One of my gfs found a family through the FRG that was PCSing and trying to sell (I am sure there are lots of people who can't get rid of their houses!). The fam wanted $300 more than BAH, but my friend said they could not go over- so in the end, the fam decided it was better to have someone in the house than have it empty. Moral of the story- I would keep looking if you want a house off post, there are prob a lot of people who are willing to negotiate- you just need to find them


That being said, I was just at another friend's new place on post (a recent build- maybe 5 yrs old). It is GORGEOUS and gigantic! They only have one small dog, so the yard is plenty big enough, but it may be tiny bit cramped with 2 bigger dogs. But a lot of bases have dog parks, right? So that may help if the yard is a concern. Plus, there are always great side walks on post- plenty of room for walking/running. Just avoid the PT madness :)

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 7:58 am

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