Members of the military wear the uniforms. But in many ways, their spouses and children serve alongside them. This is especially true when a family faces a military move as the result of a transfer. That’s also known as a permanent change of station or PCS.
With all the activity a move requires, PCS could also stand for “potentially chaotic situation.” To make sure it’s as orderly as possible, here are seven moving tips for military families. Hopefully, they’ll prove lucky in reducing a move’s chaos!
1. Start on your military move now.
Begin planning for the move as soon as the order comes through. With such a life change looming, the odds are good you won’t be sleeping much that night anyway. Put that nervous energy to work, if even for an hour.
2. Care for the kids.
Moving can be especially difficult for kids. Their anxiety, in turn, can make the moving process more difficult for everyone. Take steps to reduce their concerns:
- Arrange a tour before their first day can help minimize their anxiety.
- Work with the school to schedule a meetup with future classmates — for a play date, movie, or simple lunch.
3. Rely on available support.
Use whatever support is available. Friends and family will be there for you; all you have to do is ask. Plus, each military branch has an office that can help answer questions and field comments. The name varies; in the Air Force, it’s called the Traffic Management Office. In the Navy and Marine Corps, it’s called the Personal Property Shipping Office. You should receive the appropriate office name for your branch when the PCS comes through.
4. Use the right real estate agent.
If you require the services of a Realtor, ask for referrals from the people you know. Look for one with experience working with military moves and military families. But that shouldn’t be the only factor; interview several and go with the one with whom you feel most comfortable.
5. Eliminate unwanted items before your military move.
If you still have unpacked boxes left over from your last move three years earlier, congratulations: your load just got lighter. If you haven’t been into those boxes in such a long time, there’s no sense in taking them to yet another new location. Donate, sell, or discard the contents. Here are a few more things you should consider doing to make your move less frustrating.
6. Beware of gypsy moths.
Make sure you don’t bring along any uninvited guests. If you live in a state that has gypsy moths, you will have to either:
- Conduct an inspection yourself, or
- Have an inspection of your belongings conducted by an expert
This is to help reduce the spread of the pest, which is harmful to hardwood trees, across the U.S.
7. Care for the movers.
The movers’ job is challenging enough. Do what you can to make it even a little easier:
- Make sure the residence is clean and organized enough so that the movers can get around easily.
- Empty, defrost, and wash the inside of your refrigerator and/or freezer.
- Disconnect and prepare all components such as computers, Blu-ray players, computers, and printers.
- Disconnect TVs and take them off the wall if they’re mounted.
- Disassemble playsets, gym sets, and similar equipment.
- Take everything you have out of any attic, crawl, or similar storage space.
Care for families making a military move
Moving a family is difficult under the best conditions. When you can’t select your destination and have a limited amount of time, it can be even more difficult. If you’re part of a military family and find yourself needing a move, know that your country sincerely appreciates your service!
Please refer to the tips above and this list of additional moving tips to reduce the moving chaos. Michigan’s premier moving company, EZ Moving and Storage, is here for you. Contact us today at (888) 218-3115.