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Moves in general can be very expensive undertakings. Even though the government reimburses members for PCS moves, on average, servicemembers are responsible for approximately $1800 in non-reimbursable costs. Typically, servicemembers move every two to four so you can see how this could add up quickly. Once you are aware you will be relocating at the government’s expense, you should contact the military base transportation and finance offices to get detailed information on exactly what services and items are covered in regards to a PCS move.
When PCSing you have the option of two types of moves.
There are some issues to keep in mind when a move is eminent and when considering there may be multiple moves in the future because of your career choice. The following is a list of tasks to be aware of for your current upcoming move as well as the ones after.
With many of the banks offering a wide variety of online and mobile banking options this should not be a problem.
Make sure that all outstanding utility bills associated with the house you are leaving are paid in full and be sure to leave a forwarding address where the companies can send any final bills or refunded deposits.
Once the move is complete and you have gotten settled, look at your initial move expense budget and determine if it was accurate or needs adjustment for the next move. Set aside money as you can in a special fund that will help ease the financial burden of future relocations.
Knowing what to expect and being prepared for what is coming can greatly reduce the stress both financially and mentally on servicemembers and their families.
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