As military members around the world start receiving their PCS orders, property managers and landlords can also start preparing for the 2018 PCS season. PCSing – a Permanent Change of Station – is the official term for the relocation of an active duty military service member and their family to a different duty location. Here are some tips for proactively preparing for military members and their families.
Summer is a busy season for landlords/property managers and real estate professionals across the country, but for those near military installations the PCS season takes things up a notch with approximately 65 % of military moves occurring between May 15 and August 31.
Some military members do everything entirely long distance, and need to rent housing sight unseen. Review your listings from that perspective. Be sure your listing photos are up to date and include all major rooms, including an exterior view. You can include a link to video or 360 degree photos using the external property link field. Can your listing description (especially the first line or two) be tweaked to highlight aspects particular to military needs, like storage for equipment, proximity to base, or great schools. Update your listing Title to highlight a stand-out feature.
Military members are most likely new to the area and any information that you can provide will be appreciated. One of the biggest concerns is choosing the right schools/school district for their child’s needs. Do some quick research on the school district and schools serving your property. A good resource for you to use, or to recommend to your clients is Great Schools.org.
Another big concern of for military members is the commute time from home to base. Helping them understand back roads, short cuts, and the nature of traffic times will make you invaluable to them.
Prepare a fact sheet for your property which includes the school district/school information, distances/commute times from your property to the installation, local shopping, groceries, restaurants, etc. Any information that you can provide will be much appreciated by military members new to the area. You can include a link to this fact sheet using the External Property link field.