When PCS orders are given, some unavoidable panic comes into play. You’ll probably start by scouring the web for supportive military resources. Articles like these are great for helping your family adjust to this new change. Understandably, the last thing you’re probably thinking about is the logistics of getting your things from point A to point B.
Thankfully, there are ways to make the moving aspect of your PCS run smoothly, leaving you more available emotionally and physically for your family.
You may have the government move you completely, which is a great option. But, if you pride yourself in making money-savvy decisions yet still want to go through this stress-free, you may want to consider signing up for a personally procured move (PPM) and going the hybrid moving route.
Hybrid Moving is becoming increasingly popular among military families.
Here’s how it works…
You may qualify for an allowance of an estimated 95% of what it would cost to move your family with professional movers. Instead of hiring a full-service moving company, you pack your own things; find labor-only movers; and rent the truck, freight space or shipping container separately.
If there’s money leftover (there should be if you go the “hybrid move” route!), then you keep it; this could come in handy for a staycation in your new city!
3 principles of taking full advantage of Hybrid PCS Moving:
Upon receiving orders, visit your personal property shipping office. They will tell you which specific costs are covered by the military, as well as specific programs offered to you. A good example of this is the allowance given to prepay moving expenses early on in the process, which would be ideal in this situation.
Track Your Expenses
Many PCS moving costs are tax deductible, so keep all your receipts. Plus, it will be nice to look back at all the money you saved. In order to figure out which tax deductions you are eligible for, check out this resource from Military.com.
Move as Efficiently as Possible
A huge perk of going the PPM route is the substantial amount of time you’ll be given to complete your move. So, in theory, the sooner all your things are in your new home, the quicker you may take advantage of some sight-seeing in your new town. Making a little vacation out of your move is a great way to get your loved ones adjusted and happy during a potentially-stressful time in each family member’s life.
Have any other tips to add? Let us know in the comments below. And, to learn more about hybrid moving, please visit the Moving 101 project.
Jaclyn Lambert runs digital outreach for HireAHelper.com, by aiming to spread valuable moving knowledge across the web.