Your Military Relocation Step by Step Guide- Part 2



Moving can be stressful, but having a plan can help ease some of the stress. Military relocation has another layer of stress, because it can happen without much notice. Many military families have to be ready to move with short notice, so being prepared is essential. Just like with any move, having a list of what is needed, will keep you on track. Fort Wood Hotels can help make moving to the Fort Leonard Wood area a little less stressful. We have a military moving checklist to help you stay organized during your next move to the Fort Leonard Wood area.  This Fort Leonard Wood Military Relocation part two checklist will cover items to take care of from 30 days of moving all the way until the day you move. 

RELOCATION READINESS-PREARRIVAL CHECKLIST

30 DAYS OUT TO PCS-CLEAN OUT
  • Plants don't travel well. Give them to your friends as "thank you" gifts.
  • Have a going-away party for yourself and friends.
  • Have another going away party for the children and their friends.
  • Notify the school of your child's last day and request they have records ready.  If you cannot get the records, at least get the information you will need to register your child in a new school.
  • Pick up medical records from physicians, dentists, church, lawyers, veterinarians, etc.  Ask for referrals, if possible.
  • If you are planning a do it yourself move (DIY) reserve the rental truck or trailer and start collecting boxes.  Stop by the Transportation Office for any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Finish cleaning out closets, drawers and toy chests.  Plan a garage sale or take the items you no longer need or want to a thrift store.  Keep the receipt for tax purposes.



21 DAYS TO PCS
  • Notify utilities and home delivery services of disconnect dates.  Give them your forwarding address for the final bill.
  • Schedule your telephone to be disconnected after the pack and pickup of your personal property.
  • Arrange for closing or transfer of local charge accounts.
  • Back up important computer files.
  • Check bank procedures for transferring funds or closing accounts, but don't close account until after you have opened a new account at your new destination and verified your direct deposit has actually been deposited into the new account.  (Note: if you like the banking institution you are currently using, consider keeping the account.  After you move, order new checks with your new address and phone number.  This is much easier than opening and closing accounts with each PCS move.)


14 DAYS TO PCS
  • Pick up items from the cleaners.
  • Start cleaning your home or apartment for final inspection.
  • Make sure you have enough luggage for the trip.  Check the locks and make sure you have more than one key for each.
  • Have car serviced/tuned-up for the trip or storage.  Check oil, water, battery, belts, hoses, brakes and transmission fluid and tires.
  • Empty safe deposit box if you plan to open a new one at the new destination. Put the items in your Records File that will be hand-carried with you to your new destination.
  • Renew and pick up any necessary prescriptions. Ensure you have enough for at least two months.

7 DAYS TO PCS
  • Drain oil and gas from the lawn mower and other equipment.  Dispose of all flammables.
  • Keep listening carefully to children's questions.  Give frequent reassurance.  Children need the security you provide when the security of a home is changing.
  • Pick up medical records at the post hospital.  Unless you have a power of attorney, the sponsor cannot pick up the medical or dental records of the spouse.
  • Double check your family record file and place in a bag suitable for carrying with you on the trip.  Include copies of orders, phone numbers of family and friends, duplicates of luggage/car/other important keys, home inventory of household goods plus pictures and receipts, medical and dental records.
  • Arrange childcare for packing and moving day.
  • Pick up a child's travel activity pack from the Relocation Readiness Program.
  • Take down curtains, rods, shelves, etc.  Remove items from attics, crawl space or similar storage areas.  It is your responsibility to make these items accessible to movers.


3 DAYS TO PCS
  • Get your home ready for the packers.  Wash all clothes that will be shipped, pack suitcases, organize closets, cabinets and drawers.  Put everything in its place to make unpacking easier.
  • Before movers arrive to pack your possessions for shipment and/or storage, disconnect all major appliances if living off-post.  Empty the refrigerator so it can dry at least 48 hours before the movers arrive.
  • Put a cotton sock filled with charcoal and a sock filled with detergent into the refrigerator and freezer.  These will absorb moisture and prevent mildew.
  • Separate professional books, tools and papers into one pile.  These do not count against your weight allowance.
  • Dismantle stereo sets, outdoor play equipment, etc.  Audio and video equipment and personal computers require special attention.  Always consult your owner's manual for specific instructions.
  • Use tape to code wiring on electronic equipment for easier reinstallation.
  • Have original cartons available for the carrier to use.  Anything that a carrier accepts for shipment and lists on the inventory they are liable whether they packed or you packed the item.  They will check the boxes you packed to make sure you have adequately protected the items and you have not packed anything that is flammable, perishable or illegal.
  • Place valuables, cash, jewelry, purses, and family records file in a safe place such as locked in the trunk of your car.
  • Separate items into different piles such as "hand carry and luggage", "unaccompanied baggage", "storage", "ship", and "professional".
  • Give a copy of travel plans, with date, route, and phone number to a supervisor, orderly room, sponsor, relatives, etc.
  • Allow children to choose one small toy/book for carry on luggage, one for the suitcase and several small pieces for hold-baggage.  They may even wish to pack one box of non-breakable items.  They may put their name and draw a picture on the side of the box to feel more a part of the move.
  • Buy traveler's checks for the trip, unless you plan to use an ATM or debit card.
  • Call Housing Office and confirm walk-through inspection date and time.
  • Take photos of your home, church, the children's school, friends, play areas, etc for memories.


PCS PACKING DAY
  • Arrange for childcare. Place pets in a safe place.
  • Watch the packers very carefully to see they understand and know exactly which items are to be packed.  You can indicate this by putting different colored stickers on each item or separate by rooms.
  • Mirrors, paintings, and other items easily damaged or broken should be packed by moving company personnel.
  • Pack a "moving day needs" box with cleaning supplies, sponges, paper towels, toilet and facial tissue, bath towels, bath soap, shampoo, can opener, paper plates, napkins, plastic eating utensils, snacks, coffee, tea, soda, light bulbs, scissors, hammer, band-aids, and trash bags.  Put it in your car or safely away from packers.
  • Visit Loan Closet to borrow cots, dishes, pots, and pans, etc.
  • If you have small children, take some of the childproofing devices (outlet covers, cabinet locks, etc) with you to use on the way.
  • Pack your phone book with your luggage.  It may be helpful for names or addresses later.
  • Put everything you don't want to be shipped in a locked, labeled closet to prevent packing.

ON THE WAY
  • Keep a log of all moving expenses incurred.  This will be helpful for completing your travel claim and your tax return.  Keep all receipts.  If not needed, discard later.  If you and your family are traveling separately, keep two logs.


STAY AT FORT WOOD HOTELS WHEN RELOCATING

There are many moving parts that all need to happen fast, so finding the right home near Fort Leonard Wood may not happen fast enough. If you find your family in need of a place to stay while searching for your next place to call home, stay with us. Fort Wood Hotels have extended stay hotels that are the perfect option when needing a place to stay near Fort Leonard Wood.  Fort Leonard Wood Army Post is only minutes away from our family of hotels making it a perfect option during your transition. All of our hotels are close to everything you will need when visiting the St. Robert, MO area. Only a short three-minute drive to the gates of the Fort Leonard Wood's Army Post, you won't be far. Most of our hotels are conveniently located right off Interstate 44. 
   
We know relocating to a new area can be expensive, so we try to offer many hotel perks that help offset the costs. When you need a place to stay while searching for your next home, you can save money by staying at a Fort Wood Hotels property. We have a couple of options to help you save money while visiting our area including booking a hotel room that offers a kitchenette.  Meals can be affordable if you go this route, especially if you have a large family this expense can add up quick!  We are close to many grocery stores so after you get checked in, swing by one of our local grocery stores and grab a few essentials for your stay.  


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