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Top 10 tips for a smooth PCS

Jun. 2, 2014 - 10:53AM   |  
Make sure you move only those goods you need and use by purging all the others before the movers even arrive.
Make sure you move only those goods you need and use by purging all the others before the movers even arrive. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
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Each PCS is different. Sometimes you will have six months to prepare and others three days. Our team has put together a list of our top 10 tips from personal experiences to help you have a smooth PCS this moving season!

10. PURGE!! Prior to the packers arriving, go through your home and purge those unneeded or unusued items. This will make unpacking easier as you will not have to “rehome” items that you no longer use. SargesList is a great place to list your items individually or to share about your yard sale.

9. Create lists: Make a list of what you need to do from start to finish for the PCS. List your “Do Not Pack” room items so that you can ensure you have everything needed during your PCS trip. Keep track of medications; paperwork; hotel dates; flight info; route maps and anything else you may need while moving. Our guide has many list options available for you to use to simplify this process.

8. Stay flexible: A PCS can be very stressful. Keep your checklists on hand, but know these are guides and it will likely not go as planned.

7. Do not over-ship: Not all locations have generous sized housing. Research the sizes of your possible future quarters and consider this when you arrange your shipping. Temporary storage is available while overseas, but it is expensive — and you can’t take anything out!

6. Take pictures: Document the move for future memories, but also take pictures of your belongings. This is a great way to document your items for insurance purposes. Ensure you capture the serial numbers on electronics, as well as show electronics in use if possible. These will be required for a claim for damage or loss.

5. Turn the PCS into an adventure: If you are PCSing across country, you will likely have 10 days. Take your time and enjoy the sights! See the Grand Canyon or Mount Rushmore. Break up the trip with historic locations to create memories for the family and stretch your legs!

4. Don’t exceed your weight allowance: Know your weight allowance. Drop weight if necessary. Sort and sell, or give things away. Use SargesList to sell locally. Pro gear does not count against your total weight, but is limited to 2,000 pounds so be sure to put it aside and clearly label! Your spouse also has an allowance for pro gear. Separate his or hers and mark it, too.

3. Pet friendly is not equal opportunity! When traveling with a pet, double check hotel/motel pet policies. If a hotel says pet friendly, give them a call. Many times, animals other than dogs are not allowed. Check out our Traveling with Pets article for more info.

2. Communication is the key to a successful PCS: Talk about what needs to be done and what your expectations are. Lay out the calendar and discuss the best dates for packing and moving to a hotel. Divide and conquer the tasks. This will prove to be more efficient and less stressful.

1. Stay positive: There will be a time when moving (again), for whatever reason, will be extremely hard for you. However, you’ll still have to move. The attitude you have can make or break you. Be positive for your own well-being and for the benefit of your family.

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