I know that a lot of my followers are military spouses and have to deal with constant moving. I decided to write a post and give tips that have helped us have a successful PCS move.
* We have had the Army move us 3 times and we are about to have them do our 4th. A lot of people are hesitant to have the Army move them but having done it a few times I have to say: LET THEM DO IT! I absolutely hate packing so to have someone else do it is a dream. You will supervise them every step of the way to make sure that things are packed to your liking, if you don't like it make them re-do it. It's your stuff so make sure it's secure.
*As soon as your service member gets orders set up transportation. The earlier you do it the more likely you are to get the moving dates that you want.
In this binder I have every piece of information that I need: POA's, copies of orders, vehicle information, birth certificates, etc. Anything that I know I will need along the way. When you are not using it make sure it is locked away in a secure place.
*If you already have a place to live at the new duty station, make sure you send in change of address forms to the DMV. It is amazing how military friendly the majority of them are. They just want a copy of the servicemembers LES.
*Make sure you have your mail forwarded to your new address/or to a family members home until you are settled. Then when you are settled submit the change of address forms to the Post Office immediately. Also make sure you change your address with your banks and any other place you receive mail from (magazines, etc)
*If you plan on living on post at the new duty station you can typically get on the wait list up to 90 days from the report date. Contact the housing office immediately after getting orders.
*If you have pets, get copies of their vet records and keep them with your important documentation. I can't tell you how many people I know that have forgotten to do this and it was a huge hassle for them at their new post.
*Make sure you have copies of vehicle maintenance records, this may seem trivial but it really helps to have if something goes wrong.
*Take pictures and write down serial numbers of electronics. If anything is missing or broken you can prove you had it.
*PURGE!! Get rid of stuff that you don't use or don't need. I didn't think I had anything to get rid of this time around, but I was very wrong.
*Take any valuables or any items that you do not want the movers to take.
*Contrary to what people say you will make money even if you have the Army move you! You get travel pay, dla (dislocation allowance) and mileage. We made quite a bit of money on our last move. Just make sure you keep all the gas receipts for the mileage.
*Shred old documents that have lying around the house, no reason to take them with you and you definitely don't want the movers to get their hands on them.
*Notate any items that may already have damage on them. That way when you get your household goods you will know what was damaged during the move and you can file a claim.
*Request all medical records to be sent to your new duty station, this can take a while so be prepared.
*Make sure to get rid of all trash, believe it or not the movers will pack it.
I think this pretty much covers everything that I recommend for a PCS move. I absolutely love it and I get a rush out of making sure everything is handled.
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Have a great day!!!