Relocation is a familiar aspect of military life. However, military relocation is never easy. There will be lots of boxes, packing, and moving trucks. It takes up time and causes stress and all-around hassle. Even if you have moved before, it can be difficult to remember all that you have to do.
It is important that you take a few easy actions to ensure that your transition is a smooth one. Here are five important steps to help make your next move go as smoothly as possible:
Get moving as soon as orders are in hand
Be proactive and start your preparations as soon as those orders are received. The usual time frame for service members to receive orders can vary from 5 months to 2 weeks prior to their report date to the new command.
This is especially important if you’re moving during the peak summer season from May to August. During this time, it may be more challenging to secure pickup and delivery dates. Don’t procrastinate if you want to have a hassle-free move.
Visit your installation’s transportation office
Set up a meeting with the transportation office on your military installation. Here you will receive a relocation briefing.
Find out what San Antonio military housing options are available to you. Determine what option you would most benefit from. Make a list of questions to ask. Don’t hesitate to speak up if something seems unclear.
Decide What kind of Move You’re Going to Have
There are three ways to execute a PCS move.
If you do not want to handle the move yourself, you can choose to have a government contract move. If you choose this, your local Traffic Management Office will verify your orders and contract military-approved movers to pack, ship, and unpack your belongings.
The second option is a Personally Procured Move, or PPM. This option allows you to pack, ship, and unpack your own stuff. One of the biggest advantages of this type of move is that you will receive 95% of the payment it would cost the government to move you.
The third option is a combination move or partial PPM. With this option, a part of your goods are moved by the government, and you move the remainder.
You have to remember that the government imposes a weight restriction on PCS moves based on rank and whether or not the service member has dependents. The government will not pay for any weight moved by you above that restriction.
Use a PCS Checklist
A great way to keep track of all that you have to do and prepare is to use a PCS Checklist.
A PCS Checklist will help keep things in order before and during the moving process. This can also help make the adjustments easier as you and your family transition to a new location.
Here is a detailed military PCS checklist to help you get started from 3 months prior to your move to after you arrive at your new destination.
Research your new installation
Start researching your new city, and find places or activities you and your families can look forward to. If possible, take a road trip to check out your new location.
While making a PCS move can be a challenge, it can also be a positive experience. It gives you and your family the opportunity to meet new people and see different parts of the country.
San Antonio the proud home of Joint Base San Antonio and it has been nicknamed “Military City USA”. The city has numerous military support organizations, veteran resources, and a strong sense of military community.
If you need help with looking for a home for sale in San Antonio, I am more than willing to assist you!
I truly enjoy helping military families relocate to San Antonio. I understand your needs and my goals are to make the transfer easier, faster, and less stressful. I can help you find the home that best suits your needs.
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