A permanent change of station, or PCS, is a big transition in life. Often, it takes you, your loved ones and your pets far away from all you know – maybe even across the country or world.
Your spouse is forced to find a new job, your kids will need to attend new schools and make new friends, and you’ll have to find a new house to make a home for your family. The changes are endless.
And with all these changes happening, it can be easy to make mistakes along the way. Fortunately, here at the Claus Team, we’ve helped dozens of families make PCS moves to San Antonio over the years, and we’ve encountered every faux pas you can think of.
Do you want to ensure your family has the smoothest PCS possible? Here are the 4 biggest ones we’ve seen so far – and how you can avoid them.
1. Not having a permanent place to live when you arrive.
Sure, renting can be an easy solution when you have to make a PCS fast, but you know what’s worse than moving your entire family and home across the country? Doing it multiple times.
Do you really want to move all your belongings and loved ones twice? Your furniture, clothing, dishes and home décor? It can be a huge hassle – especially when you consider you’ll likely be well-entrenched in work, school and other happenings by the time you do it.
That’s not fun for anybody.
Having a permanent home before you make your PCS move is crucial to the happiness and sanity of your family. If you’re feeling strapped for time or need help finding a permanent place from afar, enlist the help of a local real estate agent, like those at the Claus Team, for help.
2. Doing it all yourself.
Military members can save some cash by choosing a do-it-yourself move, or DITY. The military will give you a stipend for your move, and you can cut corners, forgo movers and handle the big transition yourself and pocket the money you’re given.
While having a little extra spending cash is great, sometimes, this can cause much more hassle than it’s worth. If you’re on a quick deadline, you’re dealing with two little ones, or you’ve got a lot of other things on your plate, you’re often best served by letting your military branch handle the move for you.
They’ll make sure your items get from here to there, and they’ll do it all free of charge. All you have to do is pack up those boxes!
3. Leaving too much to the last minute.
The last thing you want to do on moving day is to mop the floors, wipe down the cabinets and mow the lawn, but unless you’re thinking ahead, you may end up doing just that.
To prevent last-minute running around, don’t just focus on the packing and moving aspects of your PCS. Remember, there are other associated tasks that must be handled. If you’re living on base or renting a home, for example, you’ll want to allot time to clean the house and get it ready for your move-out inspection. Take time to clean as you go, so things like this don’t hold you back on the big day.
4. Not doing enough research.
Even if you’re PCS is happening fast, you don’t want to pull the trigger on the details of your move too quickly. Choosing a new home in the wrong neighborhood, renting a property from a bad landlord or picking the wrong school for your child can have serious, long-term effects.
Make sure you’re taking time to review and evaluate each PCS-related decision you make. Study up on the city you’re moving to, and get to know the good, the bad and the ugly. Where are the best places to live and work? What school districts are best? Where are employment opportunities abundant? You want to set your family up for the utmost success in your new home, so be thorough.
Starting early, planning ahead and getting the right help are the keys to ultimate PCS success. Are you and your loved ones making a PCS to the San Antonio area? Don’t do it alone. The agents at The Claus Team are well-versed in PCS moves, and they can help you find the perfect place at the perfect price for you and your loved ones. Just contact us today, and we’ll get you started right away.
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