Five Important Steps Involved in Military Moving

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Just because you are in the military doesn’t mean that you cannot choose how to tackle your own move. While there are services that the military provides that will get you and your things moved to a new home, you are not required to use these services. Most of the time, choosing to move yourself or coordinate your move on your own, can save you lots of money. The military still gives you the budget for your move, so if you can come in under budget, you just made yourself some extra cash. Consider these special tips that will help you get started on such a task; moving all the things that you own to a new house without going over the budget that the military has set for you.

1. An Early Start: Start looking for the cross country moving company or truck rental company that you want to use even before you get your official orders to move. This will make it easier to find a mover who has an opening for the time that you need them. Remember, there are usually more than just your family who needs to move at the same time, so planning early will ensure you have a company or reservation set up.
2. Looking at Options: There are many options that are open to you when you want to move on your own. The military will give you a certain amount to be reimbursed, so it is a good idea to try and come in below budget. Look at professional moving companies, moving truck rentals, and portable storage to see which one is the best for your time and money needs.
3. Organizing the Move: No matter where you are moving to or how large your family is, take some time to get organized. Print up a moving checklist, build a moving schedule, and begin planning everything out so that you are prepared for things as they come. Set up a folder or binder that will allow you to keep all of your important paperwork in one place as well. This will prevent problems when you need to find something and all of your things have been packed.
4. Execution: It might seem easy to simply execute a move, but the day of the move will be much more difficult that you think. Not only will you have to coordinate the movement of your things into the truck or container that you have reserved, but you also have to coordinate the transport of your family. When it comes together, it’s a beautiful thing, but getting it to that point might be a struggle. Take your time and fall back on your organizational plans to get things on the right track.
5. Reimbursement: Getting paid back for the services that you have used to move your things from your old home to your new one is not tricky, but it does require that you have all the right paperwork and proof of the money that was spent. Make sure that you use the folder that you set up so that you have everything in one place. Make copies; never give away your originals when you apply for reimbursement for moving expenses.

As you can see, making a move when you are in the military isn’t always going to be the easiest thing, especially if you choose to move on your own and pocket the extra cash. This is a lucrative option when you have the time, but make sure that you are going to be able to follow things through to the end if you do choose to take this path. In the end, the important thing is to make sure that you are moved and that everything is settled before you are due to report in for the first time in your new location.