6 Things Military Families Should Look for When Searching for an Apartment

(November 13, 2014) / by Jenny Elbel

military-familyWorking in the military is one of the hardest jobs in the country. Not only do you make sacrifices to help protect our freedom, but you also do it all while constantly being moved from place to place. Because of the unique job requirements, military families face several challenges when looking for a place to live. You never really know where you’ll be stationed next or how long you’ll ultimately stay there, so it’s hard to find a place to settle down and call home – especially when you’ve never even been to that city before.

To help you find the ideal place for you and your family to call home while stationed in a new city, we’ve put together a list of certain features to look for during your apartment search. Even if you’ll only be staying for a few months, you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable in your new place, and these 6 features will certainly help accomplish that:

1. Close to Military Base

No one likes a long to commute to work, even military members. By looking for an apartment closer to your base, you’ll be able to spend less time in the car and more time relaxing at home with your family.

2. Leasing Convenience

Members of the military often have a short window of time to find a new place to live. As such, it’s important to find an apartment community that not only offers detailed information about itself online — such as available floor plans, lots of photos of the location and community policies — but offers the ability to complete a lease application online as well.

3. Plenty of Nearby Attractions

Just as it’s important to be located near the military base, it’s also important to have plenty of restaurants, stores, and entertainment nearby. Getting adjusted to life in a new city can be difficult, and it’ll be much easier if you have everything you need close by.

4. On-Site Amenities

One thing to take notice of when searching for an apartment is the additional amenities each apartment offers. It’s always convenient to have a pool, fitness center, and other features available on-site, and it’s nice to get more bang for your buck.

5. Pets Allowed

If you’re a pet owner, this is a must. You don’t want to have to get rid of Fido just because you’re moving, and a pet-friendly apartment will enable you to do that. Just make sure you ask about any size limitations, as some places only allow small dogs and cats.

6. Community Events

When searching for an apartment, make sure you ask about any community events that they host. For example, does this apartment community do a grill-out for the 4th of July? Maybe they do a Christmas get-together. Whatever the case may be, these events are a great opportunity to meet new people, and are especially helpful for finding new friends with your kids.

If you’re a military family looking for a new apartment, make sure you keep these tips in mind while looking for a place to call home. And if you’re looking for the ideal place to live, look no further than Springs Apartments. We have 25 different sites throughout the country, each with incredible amenities and convenient locations. To learn more about each community and how to be become a resident, visit our website or contact one of our community managers today!

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Topics: Finding An Apartment, Moving to San Antonio


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