4 Tips for Your Next Military Move


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Organizing a military move, just like any other kind of move, can be a stressful time. There are a lot of things to take into account when planning for a military move, and it’s best to be prepared ahead of time. Here are a few tips to help you prepare and organize your military move to make it as stress-free as possible.

1. 37 percent of Americans have never even moved out of their hometown, according to a Pew Research Center study, so it may very well be the case that your military move is your very first move ever. And if you want your move to be successful, one of the first steps is to weed out everything that you don’t need. Decluttering your house and getting rid of unnecessary items will ensure that you don’t end up moving more than you need to. But don’t be overzealous in your approach to decluttering. Make sure you consider the monetary, as well as sentimental, value of the things you are tossing or donating.

2. If you have decided to hire a moving service for your military move, make sure you pack a “survival box.” Your survival box should contain the essential things that you will need on your first night in your new home. Pack things like toothbrushes, coffeemakers, a change of clothes, cellphone chargers, and bedding in the survival box, and make sure that it’s the last thing you put in truck, so that you can be sure it will be the first thing off when you arrive at your destination.

3. Consider using moving pods. You may not have a choice as to when your military move occurs, and if it happens during the summer months, you can be sure that a moving company will charge you more for their services. If you hire a pods moving company instead, you can pack the pods at your leisure and have them shipped to your destination whenever you need them to be. Not only is pods storage more convenient, but it also often costs less than full-service moving companies.

4. If you would prefer to use a moving company for your military move, there are several ways to save some money as well. You can organize a hybrid move in which you only hire the moving company to perform certain parts of the move (such as packing, loading, or transporting) instead of the entire thing. The best hybrid combination is to pack your own things, which you then have loaded into a truck that you have rented, which you then drive to your destination. This way the moving company is responsible for the most laborious part of the move.

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