Author: Jessica Manfre
The countdown is on. You received your orders a few months before, you’ve done your
research of your new home, and now you are one month out. This is what I like to call the in
between time. You’ve started the goodbye train and are probably itching to get things going.
So, what do you do 30 days before your big move?
The first thing to know is don’t wait until the last minute to organize your PCS. Typically, around
450,000 military families transfer during the summertime. This means it is a very busy season.
You’ll want everything squared away at least 30 days before you are scheduled to PCS. Here are
the tips for your big move, 30 days out:
Schedule the pack out
One month before your PCS, you should call and schedule your movers to come pick up your
HHG. Get this on the books as soon as possible, you are one of hundreds of thousands of
families moving. You should also be able to schedule your delivery date around the same time.
Even though everything gets put on the calendar, things can still change. Have a back-up plan in
the event that your dates get shifted.
- Call your new landlord or housing officer to schedule your move in date if you are
renting on the economy or living on base
- If you are purchasing a home, follow up with your real estate agent for your closing or
key pick up date
- If you haven’t yet found housing, set up temporary living arrangements when you arrive
Lighten the load
PCS time is the perfect time to go through all of your things and determine what you don’t want
to bring with you. Sell off the things that you are able to for extra money in your pocket during
your road trip. If it’s something you haven’t used in a year and have no tie to, consider leaving it
Update all the things
Call your insurance companies and notify them of your upcoming move. Many of them will be
able to modify your policy for the date of your choosing, getting this done ahead of time makes
things much easier. If you are a military spouse, ensure your previous employer has your new
address for tax paperwork. If you have children, get copies of all the school records. Ask if they
can send another copy to the new school as well. Set up mail forwarding for the day you leave if
you have your address. If you don’t, you can set up a P.O. Box at your new location or have your
mail held until you arrive.
- Have your service member check the Travel and Transportation Allowances to see if
your family is able to receive certain benefits during your PCS
Schedule the cleaning
To make things easier during your PCS, find a cleaning company to do your final cleaning before
you leave. This is one thing that will make your entire process that much smoother, especially if
you have children and pets. Once your movers are done, have the company come in to take
care of this last part while you relax. There are many companies who cater to military families.
If you are living on base, most of these local companies are well aware of what needs to be
done in order for you to pass the check out. Let them handle this part!
Once you plan out your important move items, think about making a fun list. This is where you
can play tourist when you get to your new destination. Enjoy one of the best parts of being a
military family – getting to travel! The 30 day mark is an exciting time. You are that much closer
to your new adventure.
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