March 7, 2012

5 Military Moving Tips

Military moving can seem a bit intimidating the first time you do it.  Once you've been through it a few times, though, it gets easier.  Moving is never fun, but having a good strategy for military moving can make for a much smoother move.

5 Military Moving Tips:
1.  Start early
It is never too early to start your military moving preparations.  The more time you have, the more organized you can be.  Even if you do not yet have military orders, you can start getting your house and personal items in order.

2.  Have authorization
The government pays to move you.  And there are a lot of expenses that come up for which you will need to be reimbursed.  If you don't have authorization to do certain things, you will not be reimbursed.  Know what paperwork and details you need to handle before your move and what you need to do after to be reimbursed.

3.  Keep your own records
Put all military moving related paperwork, receipts and other documents in a single moving folder.  Make sure you have all your personal documents, such as birth certificates, passports, powers of attorney, insurance paperwork, marriage license and immunization records, together and in one folder. Take photos or video of your belongings before you pack and have your own inventory list of things in your shipment.

4.  Know the rules
Know what your maximum allowable weight limit is and what items are not considered household goods.  The government will not pay to move anything beyond your limit or items that are not considered household goods.

5.  Follow through
There are certain things you will need to take care of after your military moving adventure has you settling in at your new assignment.  Do not forget to submit receipts, expenses and other required forms and documents.  There are deadlines you must meet and you will risk your reimbursement if you do not follow through correctly.