PCS Checklist: Three Weeks Before Move

PCS Checklist: Three Weeks Before Move

You’re getting closer and closer to your PCS (Permanent Change of Station) Move date and you have just three weeks to go.  You probably have most of your things organized and ready to go.  Just in case, we have created a “Three Weeks before your Move” checklist to assure that you don’t forget any important details or items.

Three Weeks Before PCS Move:

  1. Contact your mover and reconfirm your pickup and delivery dates.
  2. Notify your credit card companies of your new or temporary address if you have not already done so.
  3. Submit and confirm your change-of-address with USPS (United States Postal Service)
  4. Don’t forget to clean out any storage areas – especially those out-of-sight areas such as attics, crawl spaces or basements.
  5. Contact your military pay office to recertify Basic Allowance for Quarters (BAQ) to have them sign off on your PCS.
  6. Cancel any local deliveries such as newspapers.
  7. If you or any of your family members or pets are on any type of medication, be sure to renew your prescriptions or get any refills you may need during your transition.
  8. Take care of dry cleaning any clothing, dry cleaning or drapes if you are taking them with you.
  9. Notify any financial advisors, stock brokers, or investment counselors of your new or temporary address.
  10. Reconfirm your moving dates if you are using the PPSO (Personal Property Shipping Office)
  11. Begin cleaning up your current residence.
  12. This is very important:  If you are taking advantage of “military weight allowances”, separate your books, papers and equipment as these items will be weighed and listed separately on your shipping inventory.  If you have hired professional movers or packers, let them know to separate these items as your “professional items” so that their weight will not be included in your weight allowance.
  13. If you have loaned anything out to local friends or family members, now would be the time to reclaim those items – sometimes it takes a long time to get things back.
  14. Plan out what you’re going to eat for the next three weeks considering the food you have left in your cabinets and refrigerator.
  15. Pay up and close out all of your utility company accounts and provide them with a new address so that they can send you any deposits owed back to you.
  16. If changing banks, clean out the contents of your safe-deposit box and put them in a safe box until you reach your new location.

Military Movers is dedicated to helping military families relocate, sell, and purchase real estate.  We also help military families find temporary housing.  When you need help, give us a call 907-622-5000