PCS Checklist for Military Families – What You Need to Know For a Smooth Transition to Your Next Home

As a military family, it’s no secret that you move frequently. Moving can be a daunting task, but it’s a necessary part of military life. A permanent change of station (PCS) can be particularly challenging, especially if you’re moving to or from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Washington state. There’s no need to worry, though. We’ve compiled a comprehensive PCS checklist for military families that will help ensure a smooth transition to your new home.

Contact Guy DuVall: For your real estate needs, reach out to Guy Duvall. He is an experienced agent who can assist you with local housing around JBLM. Whether you’re moving to or leaving JBLM, he can help you find a home anywhere in the world.

Create a Moving Binder: Create a binder or folder to keep all your moving documents and paperwork in one place. This will make it easier to access important documents when you need them. Label each section of the binder or folder with categories like medical records, housing, schools, and finances. You can also include a calendar to track important dates and appointments.

Research Your New Area: Before you move, research your new area to find out what amenities, schools, and services are available. Check out local housing options, and find out the cost of living in the area. Use resources like Military OneSource, PCSgrades.com, and LiveLovely.com for easy access to local neighborhood information.

Schedule Your Move: As soon as you receive your PCS orders, schedule your move with your moving company. Make sure you confirm the details of your move, such as the date, the weight of your shipment, and the delivery location. Double-check your insurance coverage and make sure you understand the moving company’s policies for damaged or lost items.

Notify Your Utility Providers: Make sure you notify your utility providers to disconnect service at your current home and set up service at your new home. This includes electricity, gas, water, internet, cable, and home security services.

Say Goodbye to Your Current Home: Once your moving date is set, it’s time to say goodbye to your current home. Host a farewell party, if you can, to say goodbye to your friends and neighbors. Make sure you clean your home thoroughly before you leave so you can avoid any issues with your landlord or housing office.

Remember to use the resources that are available to you, including Military OneSource, https://home.army.mil/lewis-mcchord/index.php, and guyduvall.johnlscott.com, to make your transition as smooth as possible. Additionally, there are various local social media groups you can join to meet people in the area. If you require any assistance or would like a tour of the area, feel free to contact me.

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