December 19, 2016, by Dixie Somers – Moving as a military family can be especially difficult. Those who are planning on a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) often have very little time to pack, find a new house, and make all of the other arrangements that are needed. Here is a quick look at a few relocation tips for military families that will help you turn your next move into a stress-free process.
Create a Moving Calendar
Just like civilians who are planning to move in the near future, you should create a calendar with all relevant dates and information. That includes information on your Personal Property Shipping Office (PPSO) so that you can begin sending some of your personal documents and property. The calendar should also contain a checklist for the move as well as all pertinent names, phone numbers, and addresses.
Locate the Online Directories List
All military families are given access to a directory of 55 programs and services to help streamline their move. This directory contains key information such as the location of important businesses, school dates for one’s children, maps, driving directions, and live weather reports.
Contact a Local Real Estate Company
No matter how long your deployment is or where you are being stationed, speaking with a local real estate company is never a bad idea. Near bases, these companies often have pocket listings specifically for military families. They can help you find an affordable new residence that is in a safe location near the base. Some companies, like Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, are military relocation specialists as well.
Make Copies of Everything for Reimbursements
At the very least, you should have multiple copies of your receipts and personal documents such as birth certificates, military ID cards, passports, immunizations, quarantine for the new station, and the power of attorney for both parents. If any of these papers are lost during the move, then you can quickly order a new document if you have the proper copies.
Stay within Your Position’s Weight Allowance
Moving is the perfect time to get rid of personal possessions that are no longer needed so that you are not overcharged. Depending on your rank and position, you might have a strict limit on the total weight you are allowed to move without additional costs. When packing, you can create multiple piles for items you are ready to donate, sell, or give away to friends.
Even though moving is almost always stressful, you do not need to go through this process alone. Contacts in and out of the military can help you avoid any roadblocks that will cost you time or money.
AUTHOR BIO: This article was written by Dixie Somers, a freelance writer who loves to write for business, finance, careers, and education. She lives in Arizona with her husband and three beautiful daughters.