Plan Ahead for Military Moving

Anyone who has moved knows how stressful it can be. And if you are in the military, moving is a regular part of your life. Most military families move every 2 to 3 years. That means that your family is going through a pretty stressful event every few years. The more moves you have under your belt, the more efficient you become. And being organized will make military moving 10 times easier. As soon as you get orders or receive hints that you might be making a permanent change of station (PCS), start planning.

You will be allotted a maximum allowable weight for your household goods. That maximum is based on your rank and number of dependents and needs to be kept in mind whenever you are doing military moving. The government will not pay for anything beyond that limit. So once you know you are moving, start sorting through your house and figuring out what you no longer need. Have a garage sale or donate things to an organization on base or in your community. Lots of other families do the same military moving dance that you are doing and many of them need household items when they are new to the base. Once you have narrowed your household items to only the things you want to keep, part of your military moving burden has already eased up.

The next thing you want to do is make sure your rental or household insurance is current and that your insurance provider knows you will be moving. Many policies will cover your goods should something happen during the packing, moving out or moving in phase. In most cases, it takes a lot less time to make a claim with your personal insurance company than through the government if something is lost or damaged. Find out exactly what your policy covers and ask if the company has any special policies that are good in military moving situations.

It is then time to come up with your own military moving checklist. Make sure you include everything from researching and contacting moving companies (if you are doing a DITY move) to transferring school and medical records. Take some time to think through the moving process and the personal needs of your family, and write it all down on a checklist. It will be a sound reference for you to follow when things start to get hectic. While military moving can be stressful, you can ease the burden by being organized and planning ahead.

04/23/10

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