Peak PCS season is quickly approaching! Let‚Äôs face it, when it comes time to PCS, we all experience stress to some extent. Here are a few tips to make the transition to your new duty station a little smoother.
- Plan ahead! Mot of the time there is at least some advance notice of an impeding move. As soon as orders are received, get busy and form a plan of action. Sargeslist’s 2014 PCS guide is a great resource to help you plan and keep on track! The new PCS guide will be coming your way next week! Stay tuned!
- Get rid of items you no longer use or need.¬† Garage sales are a great way to get rid of unused and/or unwanted items, and put a little extra cash in your pocket. If you don‚Äôt want to hold a garage sale, consider donating items to charity, or posting them on SargesList.com!
- If time allows, make a trip out to your new duty station prior to arrival. It‚Äôs always nice to know ahead of time what you are getting yourself into. Check out the base and amenities, as well as the local community. Whether you plan to live on base or off, check out various neighborhoods so at least you‚Äôll have an idea of what is available. If you are not able to visit ahead of time, do some research! Get on the Internet or social media and ask around.¬† Most of us have friends who know something about the base we are going to.
- Talk with your auto and renter‚Äôs insurance company about your move. Your rates may change once you get to the new duty station, and it‚Äôs a good idea to know what those changes will be before they happen.
- For a CONUS PCS, plan your travel route out and decide if there will be any sightseeing along the way. Book hotels in advance so that you are assured of lodging. With summertime vacationers out in full force, it is easy to find ‚Äúno vacancy‚Äù signs everywhere.
- Prior to the movers arriving, inventory your belongings and be sure to take pictures! Should something be damaged or missing once you arrive at your new home, pictures will prove to be a lifesaver!
- Be aware that the movers will move EVERYTHING, including your trash! Before they arrive, get everything together that you do not want them to move (for example, the items you will need in transit and prior to the arrival of your household goods), and put them in a separate location with a note stating they are not to be packed. A closet or an empty room works well.
- Lastly, look at your PCS as the opportunity for a new, great adventure! Every duty station is what we make of it, and remember, although the acronym PCS stands for ‚ÄúPermanent Change of Station‚Äù, things are rarely permanent when it comes to the military!
Safe travels, and enjoy your move!