Now that we’re in Ohio and our HHGs have arrived, I wanted to give one more update to my previous posts about base housing.
We moved to Offutt AFB in May 2012 and in September I shared this post with pictures and information about our house. The following May, when we’d lived there for a year, I wrote an update.
For the three years that we lived at Offutt AFB, we lived in base housing, which is run by a private company and called Rising View. I’ve heard many horror stories about Rising View (RV), but our experience was a very positive one. I have good things to say about the neighborhood and (mostly) the staff. Most of what I’ve said in previous posts holds true, but I wanted to reiterate a few points and add a few more. So here are my final thoughts about base housing at Offutt AFB:
Our home in Rising View (Offutt AFB base housing)
I loved having maintenance available 24/7. I already miss having them in our new house!! Most of the maintenance workers sent to my house were very friendly. When things broke, I called right away and they were fixed quickly (usually within a couple of days if it wasn’t an emergency).
The thing to realize about Rising View is that there are no frills in the houses. At our new base, we decided to rent a house in the community rather than live in base housing. And our new house has lots of added perks like ceiling fans, an ice maker in the refrigerator, and a water purifier at the sink. You won’t find those things in RV houses. I didn’t really miss having those when we lived at Offutt, but I definitely appreciate having them now.
My FAVORITE part of living in base housing was the community. By the time we moved we were great friends with many our neighbors. We would congregate in someone’s yard or on their porch, watch each other’s children, meet at the playground, and maybe share a bottle of wine that we couldn’t finish on our own. 🙂 Those neighbors are some of the people that I miss the most.
When it was time to move out of RV, I was NERVOUS! Again, people told so many horror stories about being charged ridiculous amounts of money for (what they claimed) were small damages.
Since my husband was deployed when we moved, we opted to hired cleaners to clean the outside of the house, the garage, and the entire inside of the house. My brother came out to help me move and made sure the yard was up to code.
A couple weeks before you move out, RV will do a pre-inspection. They come to the house and tell you exactly what needs to be fixed before your “final out”. My pre-inspection went great. The man who checked my house was thorough, but kind. He was very happy with the condition the house was in so he didn’t think we’d have any problems at our final out as long as the cleaning was done.
The day of the final out, I was still so, so nervous about it. But it went great! We weren’t charged for anything (damages or mistakes on cleaning). I am so glad that we hired cleaners (I’d love to give out the name of my interior cleaner because she did a great job, so message me if you’d like her info) and glad that we kept our house in good condition while we lived there.
One side of our kitchen in Rising View
Would we move back?? Would we recommend it to others?
This is the question I keep coming back to: If we got orders back to Offutt, would we choose to live in Rising View again?
No. If we were sent back to Offutt, we probably would choose to rent a house in the community.
But I WOULD recommend Rising View to other people and I AM happy that we lived there for three years.
Here’s the long answer why: Everyone in the military receives a BAH (basic allowance for housing) based on their rank. If you live in base housing, your BAH goes directly to the company running the housing (in our case, Rising View) and covers both your rent and your basic utilities.
When we arrived at Offutt, my husband was an O-1, the lowest ranking officer. His BAH was decent, better than lots of people in the military, so I’m not complaining. But…I think it would have been difficult for us to find a good house to rent in the community where BAH covered both rent and the utilities. In base housing, we had a fairly new, three bedroom home and never had to worry about utilities or maintenance. It was GREAT!
My husband will be promoting to O-3 this fall, which means our BAH has gone up. If we went back to Rising View, we’d be giving them a good bit more money for the exact same type of house we lived in before. Additionally, I think that with an O-3’s BAH we could probably find a good rental in that area.
Final, Final Thoughts:
We had a very positive experience in Rising View and I would definitely recommend it to other people. If you’re considering renting, take a few weeks to watch the rentals in the area (I recommend using AHRN or Military By Owner) to see if you can find a good rental option that would use part of your BAH and allow you to spend the rest on utilities. If you don’t see many good rentals in your price range, I think Rising View would be a great option, especially if you know you’ll only be there for a couple years.
If you do live in Rising View, take care of the house and call maintenance right away if anything is broken. This will make the move-out process go a lot smoother. Use it as an opportunity to get to know your neighbors and enjoy the close-knit military community.
And if you happen to get assigned a house on Larson Circle, start celebrating now! You’re getting some awesome neighbors and I’m a little jealous of you!!
- Have you ever lived in base housing at Offutt or another base? What did you think?
- Do you prefer to rent or own your home?