Help future military tenants with the PCS process by understanding their challenges and setting them up for a great stay at their new duty station.
Listing your home on AHRN.com is the first step to helping the military with the PCS (permanent change of station) process. Aside from providing a much needed home for military families, it’s also very important for landlords/property managers to understand your potential tenant’s PCS timeline. For military families, PCSing is an extensive and time consuming process. Many might not have the time to learn about their new area before moving in and keep in mind that some might be moving clear across the country. Their knowledge on the new station may be very limited. Start your relationship on the right foot by knowing what military families go through and offering your expertise on the area you know so well. They will surely appreciate it!
Military members can receive orders for a PCS at any point in time. From six months to just a few short weeks, orders can come down for a family at a moment’s notice. Their orders are what connects your potential tenant to your location. It’s not uncommon for property managers or landlords to request a copy for their records. Also, property managers and landlords catering to military families should always have a military clause that typically utilizes orders to modify a lease.
As soon as a family reports to an installation, they start in-processing. Depending on a family’s preference, they could choose to live in temporary lodging before they move into a more permanent home. That could depend on how quick they had to report to the new duty station, how far away their gaining installation is compared to where they came from, or a number of other reasons. During this time, which can go from one week to one month, the military member’s time will be tasked clearing several stations. To help families ease into life at their new location, create a move-in packet.
Suggested Move In Packet Items:
- Vicinity map with stores and restaurants. Add some of your favorite spots that way your tenants can enjoy some of your go-to locations.
- Installation lending closet information because families might not have some of their basic necessities yet. So, they can borrow simple items like pots, pans, etc. before their household goods arrive.
- Traffic insight and recommended route to installation, especially if your property is off the installation.
- Nearest parks and attractions, so families can enjoy weekends and plan for any short trips that they wouldn’t otherwise know about.
Having a resource like this can enhance your property manager/landlord and tenant relationship, setting both sides up for smooth communication moving forward. With the power of military community word of mouth, it also helps to ensure that your tenants will wholeheartedly encourage future new arrivals to consider your properties!