It’s a way of life for service members and their families to be on the move on a regular basis. If you are a member of any branch of the armed forces, then you will be familiar with the concept of PCS, or permanent change of station orders. A PPM is then likely to follow, which is a personally procured move.
Here are a few things to consider when you’re planning a military move.
The Early Bird Catches the Worm
The earlier you start to plan your move after receiving your PCS, the better. Make sure you schedule an appointment with your Personal Property Transportation Office as you will need to discuss your goals and plans. The better you plan, the more chance you have of your move being a successful, hassle-free one.
Understand Your Allowances
The military will likely reimburse your PPM at a rate of 95 percent in relation to a HHG (household goods move). So that you do not end up out of pocket, plan a rough estimate of the weight of your possessions and compare it to what you are entitled to. Remember, your entitlements are based on your family size, rank, and where you’ll be moving.
Understand What is Covered by Insurance
A PPM has the advantage over an HHG as you can keep track of your most treasured, and most breakable items. You will need to know if your homeowner’s insurance covers the value of what you are transporting. If you are using an external moving company, then make sure you inform them that this is a military move, as then they may make sure that you are properly covered.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
There’s a great deal to consider when you are planning a PPM, including the finite details of the move, the finances you have available, and completing all the necessary paperwork. As this can be a stressful time in tandem with other aspects of your military and family lives, you can minimize the issues you may face by seeking help.
There are many resources you can use, including moving companies with experience in military moves and relocation assistance programs.
If you need help with any type of military move, then Capital Moving & Storage can help you. We’ve helped hundreds, if not thousands of people safely make the move from one location to another. Contact us at (860) 415-4400 or use the online contact form that’s available on our website.