The website, Military.com is a great resource for members of the military. On the site, you'll find checklists for your move and links to local Facebook pages and other helpful resources to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Moving to Washington DC or to the surrounding metro area has unique challenges. The Washington DC area includes Northern Virginia and a large part of Maryland. Traffic in the area is intense and ranks as one of the busiest metropolitan areas in the country.
As a military relocation specialist, my goal is to assist members of the military in their search for a home. Here are the basic steps in the process.
- Identify the best location for the daily commute-If you are driving, this includes a realistic understanding of the traffic conditions. I spent several years as a local traffic reporter which helps to avoid the spots where traffic is snarled on a daily basis. If you plan to take public transportation to work, we'll locate Metro stations or bus routes with the closest daily commute.
- Evaluate the lot and property-Where a house sits on a lot is the first step in the home buying process. Wet basements are a common problem in the Washington DC area. Examining the grading and slope of a lot can indicate how well a lot will handle rain runoff.
- Start in the basement-Is there a sump pump or french drain in the basement?- If so, this could mean a water issue has been resolved or managed. Look for signs of water wicking on baseboards and under the stairs.
- What home style works for you?-I hope you like brick! Brick is commonly used in the construction of homes in the Washington DC area. Colonials, split levels, split foyers, ramblers, and cape-cod-style homes are found in almost every neighborhood. Some home styles work better than others for large families. Condominiums are often found in Washington DC, Arlington, and Alexandria. Condo living can be fun as they are often within walking distance to restaurants, bars, and stores.
In the past few months, I've helped military families move from Italy, Texas, and California. As an exclusive buyer broker licensed in Washington DC, Virginia, and Maryland, I specialize in working with home buyers.