The crazy season has begun, and we are right about to hit the line that separates the good crazy and the crazy that people start to unfriend you on social media. So what’s the problem here at From Tumor 2 Autism? It has something to do with finding a place to live!
So we have Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders for October 1st, and we will be moving to Johnson City, TN for Inspector and Instructor duties. Don’t get me wrong, we are super excited, and can’t wait. Carter has come so far in the last 8 years, it is almost unbelievable. Getting him close to more family and being able to leave the realms of Kelli and I for more than 1 week a year will only make it better for him. Seeing outside the inner circle of Mom and Dad will help him better understand there is more out there than Nintendo Switch and watching his movies. Kinley will miss her friends, but good thing for her, she is an expert at making more. She also needs to learn a person doesn’t have to live next door to someone to be their friend. We have this wonderful technology called a cell phone, computer, face time, you got it.
What sucks though, is that we are having a hard time trying to find a place to live. We would love to buy a home, but there is the aspect of not living there for the rest of our lives, and what if we can’t re-sell. We want the next home we buy to be our forever home, or possibly have a home built for us when we retire. This would be epic, a dream, everything we could wish for. With that though, comes me getting a job after retirement. That job may not be in Johnson City, so we have to be ready to move once again. Not to mention the enormous amount of money needed for closing costs.
Then there is the aspect of renting a home. Johnson City is one of those places that hasn’t caught up with the rest of the military with Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates. You see, many of you feel as though the military doesn’t get paid really well, and crap I agree with you. However, five combat deployments later and a purple heart, I may be biased. To make up for that though, the military get a housing allowance that meets the local rates to help members find a place to live according to if he or she has dependents or not. For me, Norfolk VA get $1912, Lejeune gets $1314, etc.. So ideally one could find a place to rent for that housing allowance. For Johnson City, it is $1299, and we are having a hard time matching that up with a house with 3 bedrooms. Also, every single place wants double the rent up front, plus a $500 deposit for Baylee, and an application fee. Now we are talking about paying as much to rent a house up front as it is with closing costs when buying a house.
Lastly, is an apartment. We visited family in South Carolina a few years back, and they lived in a great apartment, and we loved it. We also have been wanting to reduce our footprint for years, and get rid of a bunch of stuff we have been collecting up through our duty stations. Plus the initial fee is way better, and rent stays within BAH. The military friendly part helps too, as the one place we have called first cut all the fees in half due to us being military. However, an apartment is small, even with three bedrooms. You also have to worry about if Carter’s meltdowns will cause angry neighbors, even though he rarely has them and does great with calming down. I am all about the apartment idea, but it would be an adjustment for sure. We could save a lot of money for the next five years though, and really set ourselves up for the future.
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