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    PCS Made simple

    Jul 13, 2020 2:35:08 PM

    So you have your orders in hand and you are ready to PCS or ETS.  Isn't it grand?  Depending on where your next duty station is, it could be wonderful or let's face it, it could be a move you are not looking forward to.  No matter what your personal feelings on the move, we know that you need to streamline your life and make it simple.  

    Of course calling VHN should be the first action item you do to handle the real estate side of your affairs, we have have developed a checklist to help you keep your wits about you in all the other areas.

    PCS Checklist

    To Do

    Done?

    Schedule pickup and delivery dates with your mover, and arrange for storage if needed. VHN Representative can help with this.  
    Verify your move-in schedule with real estate agents and landlords; arrange for temporary housing if needed.  
    If you haven't found a new residence yet, obtain a post office box or forwarding address for your mail until you have a permanent address.  
    If you haven't done so already, visit your military financial center or private advisor for financial counseling.  
    If you are on active duty, check with Travel and Transportation Allowances to see if you are entitled to advanced pay or other benefits.  
    Get rid of any unwanted items around your house (furniture, clothes, goldfish, etc.). You can sell them online, hold a garage sale or donate them to charity. Keep any receipts for tax purposes.  
    If you have a child in school, arrange to pick up their school records or get the proper procedures for sending the records to their new school.  
    Arrange for letter of transfer from local clubs, including Scouts or other national organizations.  
    Ensure all members of your family have a personal checklist for their important items.  
    If you or someone in your family is employed, arrange with your employer to forward tax withholding forms.  
    Ensure that all health, life, fire and auto insurance is up to date, and inform these companies of your new address.  
    Return library books and other borrowed items and return them better than you found them.  
    Ensure that your vehicle(s) are in good running condition and that all required maintenance has been completed.  
    Record serial numbers of electronic and other important equipment......you know why!  
    Fill out an IRS change of address form (available from the IRS in PDF format).  
    MICHELLE ROBERTS

    Written by MICHELLE ROBERTS

    Michelle Roberts, an Operation Desert Shield/Storm Veteran founded Veterans Housing Network in response to the overwhelming need to provide honest, non-predatory, local Real Estate expertise and service to her military family

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