Any military member will tell you that preparing for a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move can be stressful and involve some serious coordination. Sure, we all know that any move can be anxiety-inducing. But, the added pressure of military moving decisions and not having much advanced notice can make things that much tougher.
So, whether you have your PCS orders in hand or foresee them in your near future, I’ve rounded up a few need-to-know tips to help you make it through your move with as little stress as possible!
1. A DITY Move Isn’t Always Worth It
What’s a DITY move? Well, it means that you move everything yourself, and then are reimbursed by the government for the associated costs. And, while that extra cash sounds appealing, a DITY move isn’t for everyone.
Some people love having control over all of their belongings and receiving a nice check to boot. But, others don’t think the money is worth the pain of coordinating the move. So, do your research, carefully evaluate your current circumstances, and think long and hard about whether or not a DITY move is the best choice for you.
2. Pay for Professional Cleaning
If you’re leaving base housing, you might want to consider just paying for the cleaning fee. Your move already involves quite a bit of stress and hassle, so why not unload that overwhelming task from your plate?
Getting your existing residence cleaned to the standards required to pass inspection can involve some serious elbow grease. So, if you’re already feeling frazzled and your budget will allow, just shell out the money to have professional cleaning covered. You’ll be glad you did!
3. Call Your Base Ahead of Time
When you receive your orders, give the family center at your new base a call. Many of them have relocation assistance programs that will offer additional moving information to you and your family. And, if nothing else, they’re a great resource for answering any questions you might have about your new location!
4. Keep a PCS Folder
As with anything, organization is key. So, create a PCS folder to hold all of your important documents. This includes your orders, utility bills, checklists, and any other documentation you need to ensure that your PCS move goes off without a hitch!
Also include a list of important phone numbers (movers, utility companies, base family center) that you might need as you’re working through your move. That way, they’re easy to reference!
5. Make Extra Copies of Your Orders
Your PCS orders are crucial for your move. So, you’re going to want to have more than one copy on hand. Be sure to have a bunch of different copies of your orders, so that you have them when you need them. The more the better, really. After all, you’d rather have way too many copies than not enough.
Yes, a PCS move is definitely stressful. But, it doesn’t need to have you tearing your hair out! Reference these tips to help your PCS move go as smoothly as possible!
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