Guest Author - Sherrie Knoller
In the last article "PCS Move" I touched on some ways to make moving easier. In this article, I will touch on more ways to prepare. Preparing for a PCS move may seem difficult but it can be easier for you and your spouse by communicating and sitting down to discuss the move. The first step, when you received your orders read them. It is very important make sure all information is correct. If the orders are for overseas duty make sure it states your dependants if they are accompanying. Certain branches of the service require that all dependantsí names be listed on the orders. If there are any discrepancies bring those concerns up with personnel.
Make some copies of your orders that can be provided to companies such as cell companies. If you have to end your contract with Cell Phone Company you will need to provide your orders to show that you are moving. Also if you are moving overseas you will need to make many copies for traveling purposes. It is a good idea to have enough copies just in case.
You will need to give notification to your place of residence. Government housing requires a 30-day notice so that they can schedule preliminary inspection and the final inspection. If you live outside of military base, notices may be different so contact them as soon as possible when you receive your orders. You will also need to contact your bill collectors to give notice and schedule a termination date. If you have children and they are in school or daycare you will need to let them know you are moving. That way the teacher or daycare center has time to prepare.
If you are moving overseas taking your car may not be an option plus it is expensive to get the fixed overseas. You may want to sell your car or have it stored. If you have more than one car (depending on the branch of service) you will only be allowed to stored one vehicle with the government at no cost. The other car will need to be stored at your own expense. Get in contact with the DMV if you are storing your vehicles you will need to do a Non-operation. Talk with your insurance company and lenders if you are still paying on your vehicle that it will be stored.
Since you are it is a good time to do some spring-cleaning. Some do a PCS move yard sale. When you move you are only allotted a certain weight and it also depends on pay grade. So when you start you PCS move process House Hold Goods will let you know your weight limit. Weight limit is based on pay grade.
Gather all your important documents such as birth certificates, passports if needed, marriage license, social security cards, military orders, insurance documents, etc. When I was moving I bought an accordion file folder that way I can easily access the documents. Once the movers come make sure you get a copy of the inventory. It is important that you keep that inventory. When I moved the movers misplaced the inventory list but I had my list. So that is why it is extremely important to keep it with you that way if there is anything missing or damaged it can be located or claimed.
Just remember take the time to think and make a list of things that you will need to be done before you move. It makes it easy to see it and check it off when done. That way there is no mistake that you forgot something.