Looking for tips to make your military relocation easier? The reality is that most military households move about every three years and it never seems to get much easier. A PCS (Permanent Change of Station) move is not the standard. By understanding the differing aspects, you can streamline the move as much as possible.
Understand Weight Allowances
The most unusual aspect of military moves is the weight allowance on the amount of goods covered by the military for household moves. This number depends on the rank of the service member and whether there are dependents. Essentially, anything moved by the military must fall within the weight allowances. This proves to be a challenge for the service member and his/her family, as they have the responsibility of providing an accurate accounting of the weight of their belongings. The only exclusions are items not covered by a military move and pro gear, which have different moving requirements.
Expect and Plan for Uncovered Expenses
You should expect and plan for uncovered out-of-pocket expenses. The fee above and beyond the covered weight limits can add up fast. In addition, you may need to move certain items yourself. This could mean several road trips to the new home or renting a trailer or small truck to move things the military will not carry. Such expenses can add up quickly.
Wait on Orders
To be able to plan your move, you need official orders. You likely know your move date, but until orders arrive, you are stuck unable to complete much-needed details, like buying or renting a home and more. While you wait, do the things you can do, such as tying up loose ends and downsizing your belongings.
Contact our expert team at Nilson Van now to get answers about your military move or to schedule an estimate.