You know that orders are coming… and it might move you across base or across the country. While you’re in that PCS limbo, here’s what to say when someone asks if you’re moving.
Whether you are ready to move on to the next assignment or dreading leaving your current home, the waiting period between when you learn orders will be coming and actually having them in hand can be torture. Each PCS I want to start researching neighborhoods, homes, schools and things to do, but until we have a good idea of where we’re going it doesn’t do much good!
Although many military families do their best to move during the summer and avoid school year disruptions, we all know that it can happen. But when do you let them know you might be moving?
Good news – the schools are prepared for this so you can knock it off your list early. Go ahead and call your kid’s school office and ask what you need to know about moving. How do records get to the new school? What is the process un-enrolling? Do they have any tools or resources to help you make this a smooth transition? You might need to wait until you have orders in hand and know where you are living to actually handle the paperwork itself but gathering the information now can make planning so much easier!
Clearing your current rental is huge on the PCS To Do list – but don’t jump the gun here. Check your lease to see the process outlined for your specific rental agreement. In many situations, once you have submitted your notice your landlord will put your rental on the market. We all know that orders can be cancelled, delayed or changed so it pays to be careful when it comes to your housing. Once you have notice of your move in writing (like a Request For Orders), let your landlord know your estimated time frame and that you will submit your notice according to your lease once you have orders in hand.
This one deserves some careful thought and and the short answer is: it depends. Pay attention to how your employer treats coworkers after they’ve submitted their notice. If they are pushed out early or treated dismissively, consider setting your own timeline for when you want to step away from your job and plan on giving two week’s notice. However, if your employer has created an environment where its safe, there are advantages to giving more notice. In either case, waiting until you have orders in hand is the right answer. Speculating about your relocation while your move is up in the air simply creates uncertainty about whether they can rely on you to be there.
Talk away! Sometimes, we have to remind ourselves and our friends to embrace the time we have together instead of pushing off plans for some more convenient time. PCS moves can be a source of tremendous anxiety. Being open about those feelings with someone (and friends are a good choice) can help with working through them so you can enjoy the time you do have left!
Other Ways To Prepare
In the mean time, there are other ways you can prepare for your upcoming move!