Moving House
Military PCS
101 Guide

- As of June 2020 -

  Regardless of branch, one aspect of Active Duty military service that all members can expect is to incur at least a few Permanent Change of Station's (PCS). The DoD offers many benefits to try and help lessen the burden of uplifting your way of life to a new part of the country every 3-5 years. Whether it's your first or last PCS, we hope this guide helps you better realize the many government and commercial resources available to you.

Prep

Here are you official government websites needed to coordinate your move

To research your prospective installation

Do you want to do a HHG or PPM?

  • Household Goods (HHG) move is a move completed by a government-furnished moving company, also called a Transportation Service Provider (TSP).  The upside is that the TSP supplies their own packing material and quite literally do all the heavy lifting. The downside is that you do not have any control on when your property may arrive. 

  • With a Personally Procured Move (PPM), aka Full Do-It-Yourself (DITY), you will be responsible, for either packing/unpacking and transporting your belongings to your new location yourself or hiring your own commercial company. The government will pay you 95% of their cost to hire a moving company.  The upside is that you have complete control of your property and you get to keep the difference from what the government would pay to what you actually paid.

To create a customized PCS checklist

- https://planmymove.militaryonesource.mil/

Take inventory of all of your property

You do not want to be caught at the end of a move arguing with the TSP over damaged property without photo proof. Even if you move yourself, having a photo inventory of all your property is a great idea for insurance purposes. These are some of the top free apps to help you inventory your assets:

- Encircle Home Inventory: https://www.getencircle.com/inventory

- Sortly App: https://www.sortly.com/

- Memento Database: https://mementodatabase.com/

To find a public scale

- https://www.publicscaleslocator.com/

- https://catscale.com/cat-scale-locator/

To check your 2020 Per Diem rates:

- https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/perdiemCalc.cfm

To check your 2020 Dislocation Allowance rate:

- https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/site/otherratesDLA.cfm

To help your kids understand

- https://militarykidsconnect.health.mil/Military-Life/Moving

To buy the ‘Stressless PCS Kit’ made by a mil spouse

- https://www.subscribepage.com/stresslesspcskit1

To hire a ‘Millie Scout’ for PCS, rental property, or real estate agent support

- https://scout.gomillie.com

Pay

Members must 

Lodging

For help finding a new home from the military community

- homes.mil: https://www.homes.mil/homes/DispatchServlet/Back?Mod=HomesWelcome&SSRedir=true

- Military by Owner: https://www.militarybyowner.com/

- PCSing.com (A Certified Military Realtor): https://pcsing.com/ 

To find short term rental/lodging for yourself or the family that meets Federal Travel Regs (FTR)

- https://pcsatease.com

Commercial Discounts

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