Hello, hello, hello! I am currently sitting in my front porch, eh, balcony in our new house! Both George and I have been meaning to share with you our Italian house that we get to call home in the next four years while stationed in Italy! Granted, not all houses look like this, but I wanted to give you an idea of what ours look like both inside and out.
HOUSING BACKGROUND IN ITALY AS A SERVICE MEMBER
LINGO: Permanent Change of Station (PCS)
PCSing in general is STRESSFUL, where are my military wives/husbands/active duty service members at?!
But, PCSing to Italy is even harder.
Prior to leaving the states, I joined the spouses Facebook page to get a lot of ideas and by ideas I mean places to visit, restaurants to eat at and of course, housing. Because base housing is unavailable, families PCSing to Italy have to live on the economy and find a house within 30 days of arrival. 30 DAYS. How long did it take you to find your house?
I also browsed online listings before leaving the States to get an idea of what we could possibly have. Then, one day, I came across a comment on the FB group somewhere in the lines of "pictures does not do it justice and the listings are inaccurate". By inaccurate, they meant that a listing could say that a house has 2 bedrooms, when in reality there's 5. So, I stopped looking and waited which was definitely a gamble. Why you might ask? Houses here come and go so quickly especially around PCS season. I mean, a house went live online and was gone in 3 hours and we're not even at the peak of PCS yet!
If you were to ask a family PCSing right now to Italy, I bet you almost 90% will have horror stories of their house hunting experiences so far. One family has emailed 40 different landlords and most never responded. Other families toured an average of 5 houses a day.
Our experience was the complete opposite. We honestly lucked out!
I did not start e-mailing anybody until we were through with our 2 days of newcomers briefing. The one and only landlord I ever contacted had his translator respond to us after a few hours, where she delivered sad news that the house we're interested in is no longer available. It was discouraging for a bit, but instead of letting us loose, she asked us what we were looking for and saved us some time and misery scrolling through endless pages of houses online.
We wanted and agreed to get:
a house, with a car garage and at least 2 bedrooms and if possible, with 2 bathrooms.
The landlord's translator delivered. I toured the house and immediately fell in love.
S/O to my husband for trusting me with the house process and for letting me [mostly] choose our house!
So without further ado, because I'm probably boring you with the military talk, here's an empty house tour in picture form! These pictures does not do our house justice and just an FYI, these pictures were taken on different days and different times.
Do you see something that resembles a door to the right of this image? Where the 'weforthreeblog' is on? Let's go into that door.
END OF HOUSE TOUR
We are honestly very pleased to have scored this house and we can't wait to make it into a home!
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