Story by Kathleen Spain
Special to GUIDON
It’s that time of the year when new orders are being issued and peak Permanent Change of Station season begins.
Making a PCS as smooth as possible requires some planning and preparation. Once you have been notified of your next duty assignment, it is time to plan.
— Do you have your government travel card? If not, you will want to follow-up and make sure you are tracking the status of your government travel card.
— Do you have a budget prepared for this move? Now is the time to estimate how much you will be receiving and how much is going to be spent. If you have an estimated budget, you can try to stay within this amount and not create excess debt.
— Prepare your house for the move. Look over your home and determine if you need to make necessary repairs or touch-ups. This will help you prepare for your housing inspection and the return of your rental deposit. If you are a homeowner and plan to sell your home, this will also be beneficial in preparing for the sale.
— Make sure you close out your local utilities and any other local services before moving. There may be a deposit coming back to you, which could be useful at your next duty station.
— Compare your auto insurance rates, as premiums will most likely change due to your new location.
— Prepare your vehicle for the PCS move. Have your car serviced ahead of time. An unexpected break down can be costly and stressful.
— Research housing costs, as the market may be different from one location to another.
Moving can be overwhelming but it also can be exciting. It can be fun to experience new places, meet different people and explore parts of the world.
Need more information on PCS or other financial matters? Contact Army Community Services at 573.596.0212.
(Editor’s note: Spain is an Army Emergency Relief Specialist.)