Getting a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) notice is not always the best news to receive. Take some time to let the news new soak in and organize your thoughts. Moving is always an adventure and the sooner you start to plan, the smoother the move will be. Here are a few tips for your next PCS move.
1. Decide on a Living Situation
The living situation is by far the most important when it comes to moving. If you currently own a home, set up a time to meet with a realtor to decide if you wish to sell your property or rent it out. Afterwards, research your new location for open listings to live and choose to decide if you wish to purchase or rent a home. If you are moving with kids, start looking for schools for them around the area. To get to know the new location better, you can check in with your active duty member’s “sponsor”. They can help you out by giving information about everything from the housing options to questions you have about the new area where you will live.
2. Have a list
The idea of having a list in preparation for the move cannot be stressed enough. Many military members use a PCS binder that contains all the essential for moving. It will come in handy if and when you receive your next PCS order. You can find tons of checklist available to you online. Include specific deadlines as a reminder to get things done at a certain time. It’s also a good idea to have all important documentation in one place for every move you may have to make. Important documentation includes military orders, birth certificates, powers of attorney, etc. For overseas move, research the immunizations and documentation requirements to ensure a smooth overseas move.
3. Packing your Belongings
Depending on your relocation move, ensure your belongings meet the weight allowance. The general rule of thumb is an estimated 1,000 pounds per room. The move is a great way to clean out and dispose of any unnecessary items. If you have time, you can sell your unwanted items online to get some cash back.
4. Moving Plan
There are several ways you can choose to move your belongings to the new location. You can either do it yourself through third party moving companies (DIY) or use a Defense Personal Property System (DPS). The DPS is a one stop shop to completely manage your move. Check in to ensure the moving truck comes on time and have a specific list of items to move in what order.
5. Say Your Goodbyes
Moving away from your home and people you know isn’t always an easy thing. Let your loved ones know about the move whenever it feels right and set time aside to say goodbye to friends and neighbors. If you have children try to make it a positive experience and instead of focusing on goodbye present it as the start of a fun adventure!
Moving is a difficult but necessary task. Following these tips will hopefully make it a little easier to manage.