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As a committed member of the armed forces, you understand that it is necessary to relocate for work within a short notice, and so must your family whether they move with or without you. These moves or relocations vary and are defined by either “Permanent Change of Station (PSC), Temporary Duty (TDY), or Temporary Additional Duty (TAD).” Regardless of the type of move your militant family member is instructed to follow, this means uprooting your entire life and taking it to wherever you’re needed most.


To better prepare for these unexpected moves, whether they be permanent or temporary, a little bit of organization can go a long way. This will not only aid in fastpacking but moving your items from a moving van to a storage facility and finally into your new home for permanent moves. Or at least expedite the process of moving your non-essential belongings into a storage unit to await your return for temporary relocations.


An excellent place to start this process is first to visit your military financial center to inquire about travel and transportation stipends that are available to you and your family. One thing to keep in mind between choosing to either hire a professional moving company or to move on your own, consider possible benefits of both sides. According to www.military.com, The Do-It-Yourself or (DIY) move is a voluntary program that allows you to be reimbursed by the government for moving your own belongings.


Establish Your Needs


Take time to determine how much space you need by sorting through which items will be traveling with you vs. which one’s will be left behind. Needing to store a few boxes of stuff as opposed to needing enough space to store away an entire home’s worth of items and furniture will significantly affect what size storage unit you will require to fit everything. An excellent way to be sure that you rent a proper storage unit is to utilize a storage calculator to ensure that you acquire a unit ample enough to meet your storage needs. Another benefit of using a storage calculator is to keep yourself from renting a unit too large to prevent overspending on unnecessary space. If you are being relocated for an extended period, renting a unit with climate control and elevated security features are essential amenities to take into consideration. After determining these factors, you’ll be in a better position to choose a storage unit size as well as establish a budget and moving arrangements.


Search for Specials and Discounts


Some facilities offer discounts for months to years on long-term rentals, and others will offer discounts for short-term rentals that span from several weeks to a few months. You may even find facilities that will discount your rental rate if you can pay for your entire lease term up front as opposed to monthly payments. In addition to term discounts, most storage facilities offer a military discount to active-duty personnel and their families.


Moving from Home to Storage


Choosing to Do-It-Yourself or hiring professionals both have pros and cons, so it’s important to consider both options:


DIY Pros vs. Cons


  • Pro: Save Money

  • Pro: Your belongings are in your hands

  • Pro: No need to spend time on moving company research

  • Con: Less helping hands

  • Con: Lots of heavy lifting

  • Con: If you break something it’s your loss


Hiring Professionals Pros vs. Cons


  • Pro: Fast and Efficient Moving

  • Pro: If something gets broken, it may be covered under the policy

  • Pro: No heavy lifting

  • Con: Out of pocket cost

  • Con: Time must be spent choosing a suitable moving company

  • Con: Risk of moving scams

*Make sure you read the entire moving contract and ask for clarification on questions


Good questions to ask a moving company before making a decision:


  • How long has the company been in business?

  • Is their equipment owned or contracted?

  • Are they licensed, bonded, and insured?

  • Are they a part of the American Moving and Storage Association?

  • Will they conduct free in-home estimates?


Last, but certainly not least, be sure to confirm with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration that they do not have any unresolved complaints about serious problems.

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