Helpful Tips for a Smooth and Stress-Free PCS Season

June 29, 2020

Around this time of year, many military members receive Permanent Change of Station (PCS) orders. Relocating is always a big undertaking, and it might seem even more daunting given the restrictions in place right now. But if you stay calm and organized, you can expect your move to go smoothly! Here are a few moving tips to help you stay on the right track, and be sure to consider Lincoln Military Housing for your military housing needs!

  1. Sort as you pack. Take this move as an opportunity to take a long, hard look at the many belongings you’ve accumulated over the years. Instead of packing up all of them, spend time sorting through your home room by room and making piles of items to toss and donate. The lighter load will be easier to move, and you would have excess clutter hanging around your new home.

  2. Decide what to take and what to store. There may be some items that you won’t need at your new station, but you want to hold onto for later. For instance, if you’re relocating to a smaller apartment, perhaps that guest bed isn’t necessary to drag along. That’s when a storage unit comes in handy. Stow extra items away safely for a different home down the line.

  3. Keep a visual log of your belongings. Once you’ve donated, stored, or trashed everything that wasn’t deemed essential to take along, now’s the time to do a quick inventory. In order to make sure the movers don’t forget anything when they transport your belongings, snap photos of each room—including open cabinets and closets—so that you have a visual of everything you’re taking with you. It’s much easier to do it this way than to keep a running list!

  4. Keep essentials on hand. Before you actually begin boxing things up, set aside the everyday items you’ll need during the move itself. This includes a few changes of clothing and PJs, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and other toiletries. Pack a bag like you’re going away for the weekend to make sure you have everything necessary on hand.

  5. Set aside time to clean. You don’t want a little wayward dust to interfere with your security deposit refund! Make sure you block out adequate time to clean out your existing home before making plans to head to the new one. To avoid getting overwhelmed, take things one room at a time. Maybe set aside an hour or two for a few weeks before the move to deep-clean each separate space in your apartment.

  6. Make the most of military discounts. From moving trucks to storage pods, many companies offer military discounts! The Personal Property Government Office also allows a certain budget for moving expenses, depending on your rank. Look into these options before spending more than necessary on your move!

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