When it comes to the military move, there are certain truths we all know. Moving dates are subject to change. Something you love will get broken. Babies don’t sleep well in hotel rooms. And you’re going to have some out-of-pocket expenses.
But you can find all sorts of deals to help lessen some of those pesky PCS expenses. Here are 6 deals to look into before, during and after your PCS move:
Are you planning a Do-It-Yourself or Personally Procured Move (PPM)? Do you need to stash some of your stuff in storage? Before you store, remember to use the military discounts available from companies like PODS Moving and Storage, CubeSmart, Oz Moving & Storage and SMARTBOX. Local storage facilities near you may offer discounts for military so make sure you ask wherever you go.
If a PPM move is in your future, you're probably going to need to rent a moving truck as well. Penske and Budget Truck Rental offer military discounts on truck rentals to get you and your belongings where your orders take you.
Whether you're trying to set aside the personal items you don't want the movers to pack or you're attempting to figure out how to make the most of the space in the world's smallest closet, PCS moves go so much more smoothly when you're organized.
It's also essential to keep important documents such as copies of military orders, birth certificates, powers of attorney and packing checklists organized before, during and after your move. Store them all in one place by creating a PCS binder as soon as you start the moving process.
Stores like Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft and Michaels have military discounts that can help with any organizational needs you might have.
4. Home Décor
Whether you sold some of your belongings so you would have less stuff to move, you're upgrading to a larger house, or your PCS is just a good excuse to redecorate, you're probably going to be shopping for items to decorate your new home. Whatever you're looking for, there's likely a military discount to help you out, including Costco, Home Depot, Lowe's, Kirkland's and Blinds Chalet.
5. Home Improvement
Unless you live in a perfect world where grass doesn't grow, pictures hang themselves and appliances don't break, you're bound to face some home improvement tasks when you reach your final destination. Both Home Depot and Lowe's offer a year-round military discount to help you either spruce up the house you're trying to sell or turn your new house into a home.
6. Homeowners or Renters Insurance
Don't forget to look into homeowners or renters insurance to keep your home and personal property protected. You can compare rates and coverage with our insurance quote comparison tool.
Keep Up With all Military Discounts
Whether you're an active duty service member, a military family member, or a veteran, stay on top of all the military discounts you're eligible for, from travel accommodations to auto and entertainment deals. Subscribe to Military.com to get full access to all discounts.