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Moving is hectic whether it’s just you or your entire household, and efficiency is in the details: You don’t want last-minute veterinary appointments or dry-cleaning pickup getting in the way of packing.
And it can’t hurt to curry favor with the movers — preferably in the form of breakfast, lunch and snacks. Check out this detailed PCS checklist courtesy of SargesList.com. The timeline below is ideal. If you’re moving sooner, look for more checklists at www.militaryonesource.mil.
■Decide whether the move will be DITY (do-it-yourself), partial DITY or a full military move.
■Register with the Defense Personal Property System and schedule self counseling; or make an appointment with your local transportation office to arrange for your household goods move.
■Schedule packing and moving dates for all shipments (plus storage for OCONUS).
■Research your new duty station and housing.
■Get on the housing list, if applicable.
■Start saving moving expense receipts.
■Discuss the PCS process with your spouse and children.
■Start tracking tax deductions from the move.
■Schedule vet appointment for all pets.
Three months out
■Organize important paperwork.
■Appraise antiques and high-value items.
■Schedule medical and dental appointments.
■Sign medical release forms.
■Get power-of-attorney papers signed if needed, such as if the service member won’t be there during the move.
Two months out
■Decide what to sell and purge.
■Find schools and/or daycare for children.
■Make hotel reservations for moving/packing day and at next duty station arrival.
■Schedule vehicle maintenance.
■List extra vehicles for sale.
One month out
■Verify place on housing office list if planning on living in military housing or privatized housing.
■Fill out change-of-address forms. Forward mail to new unit if address unknown.
■Contact pay office for entitlements.
■Request school records for children.
■Contact financial institutions, cell phone company, etc. to update your address.
■Cancel local subscriptions and delivery services.
Three weeks out
■Confirm dates with moving company or transportation office.
■Pick up any dry cleaning you still have out.
■Use up food pantry and freezer.
■Take down pictures and wall decor.
■Terminate or transfer cable and Internet.
■Close out all safety deposit boxes.
■Establish a “Do Not Pack” room and start setting aside items, including cleaning supplies.
■Drain all garden hoses.
■Drain gas and oil from mowers.
■Prepare outdoor equipment for transport.
■Set up child care for children for theday(s) of the packing and pick-up.
■Make arrangements for your pet(s) for the day(s) of packing and pick-up, if needed.
The week before
■Fill all medical prescriptions that you can.
The night before
■Clean bedding, towels and linens, and wash laundry.
■Clean cabinets and dishes.
■Start using disposable plates and utensils, and put all silverware and kitchen utensils into big Zip-loc bags.
■Tape remotes, controllers and cords to the electronics they belong to.
■Remove light bulbs from lamps.
■Take all trash out so it won’t get packed!
■Load what you can in the car.
■Have coffee, water and a small breakfast ready for the movers.
■Present valuable inventory list to packers.
■Watch packers load valuable inventory.
■Double-check closets and cabinets.
■Order lunch for the movers and yourself.
■Get your Government Bill of Laning and DD Form 619 from the driver.
■Do a final walk-through before the driver closes the truck.
■Take your spare set of keys.
■Have all Tricare phone numbers and primary care manager phone numbers with you.
■Have the moving company’s numbers with you to keep in touch and let them know if you have a change of plans.