PCS

An 8-Step Pre-PCS Checklist

5. Set a new budget.

Your Basic Housing Allowance (BAH) will likely change when you move, which will be the deciding factor in how much money you’re willing to put toward your next home. Determining this before you move will help you have an idea of what you can afford and stay within your means as you start looking for your next home.

6. Search for your new home on MilitaryByOwner.

Whether you’re interested in buying or renting your next home, MilitaryByOwner is the place to search. Just find your base, enter your search criteria and house hunt as your heart desires!

7. Contact the local housing office.

If you’ve decided to live on base at your new duty station, get in contact with the local housing office immediately. Base housing is often limited and accompanied with a wait list. Get your name in early to increase your chances of base living.

Additionally, the local housing office can recommend areas out in town to live. They also have a “blacklist” of properties and areas that should be avoided!

8. Cancel utilities and hold mail.

Sometimes this step gets overlooked, and the last thing you want to do is arrive at your new location and have missed payment notices because you forgot to let the utility companies know you moved.

Use this PCS checklist to help you have a smooth start to your next military move! For more helpful information for your PCS, check out this free PCS Ebook.

For even more help after you move in, see the handy checklist below from University Moving.

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