Deployed? 5 Essential Moving Tips to Know For a Military Move

With Veterans Day recently behind us, it’s important to consider the men and women of the military who sacrifice significant parts of their lives for our great nation. If you happen to be a new member of the U.S. military and recently received notice of an upcoming move, you may be feeling overwhelmed and at a loss on how to approach this unique task.

We spoke to a seasoned veteran of the U.S. Navy to learn about the tried and true tips he utilized when moving his family across the country for military purposes. Check out what Petty Officer First Class, Louie A. of the United States Navy had to say about how he approached packing and moving in the military.

1. Military Moving Expenses

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If you’re wondering how to figure out which of your military moving expenses are covered, breathe easy. When the military requests that you and your family move, they will cover 100% of your moving expenses. This includes moving supplies, movers, flights, housing, etc. While your moving expenses should be reflective of the number of members in your household, there is no specific ceiling to adhere to when it comes to how much the military will cover. As long as it makes sense for the size of your family and moving distance, it is 100% covered by the government.

Also, don’t stress yourself over finding your own moving company. The military utilizes their own contracted moving services who will be at your service on moving day!

2. Packing for a Military Move

How to pack for a military move

While the military’s own moving company will handle all the loading, transport and unloading for you, you will need to pack your own belongings before the big day. Packing for a military move does not deviate much from a standard move, though there are certain action items to highlight.

Labeling all your boxes is vital when packing for a military move. Labeling is essential for moving in general, and since movers hired by the military are contracted for a specific period of time, it’s extremely important that you know where each box should go in your new space. Make sure to know which boxes contain your must-have items, such as your child’s favorite blanket, or basic toiletries. Additionally, most branches of the military do not allow the move of contraband, alcohol, or weapons. If you have pets or vehicles, make sure to inform and make the necessary arrangements with your commanding officers. Typically, the military will cover moving up to two vehicles, and pay for the transport of your pet(s) as well.

3. Military housing

What you should know about military housing

While the military provides and pays for all the housing needs in your new city or country such as furniture and appliances, they do allow the option of purchasing or renting your own home. This is not covered under military housing, but you are eligible to receive special benefits and discounts as a member of the U.S. military – the amount varies according to rank and seniority.

Many military families opt to purchase their own home if they’re stationed in a city for a significant period of time. Most banks and mortgage companies offer low-interest loans for members of the military, especially for those members in active duty. If you go with this option, rest assure that you will receive much financial assistance from all fronts.

4. Discussing a Military Move with Your Family

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Unless your branch is under extenuating circumstances, most military moves come with sufficient notice so you and your family have adequate time to prepare. The most important thing that Officer Louie mentioned is to be extra communicative about the upcoming move with all members of your family. Understand that even though moving for the military may not be unexpected for you, your family may be dealing with feelings of anxiety, confusion, and sadness regarding leaving their hometown. Make sure to take great care when explaining and answering all your family’s questions and concerns.

As you will be provided several months to prepare for a military move, include your family in all the moving related discussions and decisions, and ensure that they know they are considered and encouraged to take an active role in what’s happening. Including your family in researching new schools, learning about your new neighborhood or even picking out home decor can help ease the anxiety related to moving.

5. Local vs. International Military Move

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Although moving internationally or within the United States doesn’t deviate from each other all that much, there are a few key differences to keep in mind. Prepare for longer time-frames when it comes to receiving your things, and make sure to take your essentials with you on the flight.

Also, keep in mind that moving internationally may come with a significant culture or language barrier, so allow more time to research your new surroundings, local language, and culture. This can be instrumental in helping your family properly adjust to their international home. It is important to prepare for challenges like having to pick up your vehicle from a remote location or having to secure a rental or home purchase (if you decide to go that route) well before moving day. Officer Louie recommends living in military provided housing for at least a year before purchasing your own home during an international move.

Serving in the military is a highly respectable and selfless commitment that comes with its own share of challenges. That’s why it’s important to take care of yourself and your family while navigating a military lifestyle. Whether you’re completing a solo move or moving with your family, these tried and true tips can make all the difference in your own military moving experience.

Whether you’re moving for the military or moving in general, preparing a moving timeline is key! Check out CableMover’s customizable moving guide that you can

Tis’ the Season: How to Complete a Hassle-Free Holiday Move

The holidays are a time of gifts, giving thanks and more white elephant invitations than you know what to do with. But what if you also have a big move scheduled during the joyful chaos of the holiday season? You may be worried sick about how to fit packing, recitals, decorating and hiring movers all into a span of a couple of months – we hear you.

While moving during the holidays can present an additional layer of challenges, there are ways to make it easier than you’d expect. Learn what to do and more importantly, what not to do when preparing for a big move during the holiday season.

1. Get in Touch with Your Inner Giver

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When it comes to preparing to pack for a move during the holidays, less is more. This means that it’s best to eliminate as much unnecessary clutter and extra baggage before you start. There are several ways to purge your home of items in order to shave significant time off packing, ultimately saving yourself money with a shorter move.

Option #1: Host a Garage Sale

A garage sale is one of the most efficient ways to get rid of old items. It’s also a way to earn some additional cash to help with your holiday moving budget! Crank up the music and set out some snacks, your garage sale will be buzzing with eager customers looking for budget-friendly holiday gifts in no time.

Option #2: Donate to Charity

The holidays are the perfect time to donate lightly used toys, clothing and shoes to charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, Toys for Tots, churches and homeless shelters. You can also donate your unused food to organizations where non-perishable food items donated by those in the process of moving are used to fight hunger. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has a program called Movers for Meals Think of it as a win-win, you’ll be able to save precious cargo space on your moving truck while giving back to the community.

Option #3: Give it Away

This third item may seem overly simplistic but it still works. If you have tons of stuff that isn’t worth the cost of transporting to your new home, give it away! Your friends, neighbors and relatives will love you, as will your moving company.

2. Do Minimal Decorations and Pre-Scheduled Events

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The biggest concern when moving during the holidays is having to juggle the holiday traditions with moving must-do’s. The holidays are filled with decorating sessions, recitals, Christmas parties and lots of shopping. While you will need to sacrifice some holiday festivities, there’s no need to completely give up on your favorite holiday traditions. Instead of going all out, settle for a smaller, plastic Christmas tree with minimal decorations so you can easily transfer it to your next home. While decking out the entire yard with Christmas lights isn’t the best use of your time, you can still achieve the same feel by decorating just the front porch or balcony.

When attending holiday events, compromise on which ones are essential to attend such as Christmas mass or your child’s recital and skip the holiday happy hours with co-workers. You’ll save money and have more time to focus on the task of moving.

For more information on how to expertly weave in family-friendly holiday fun during a move, check out design expert, Libby Langdon’s holiday moving tips on cablemover.com.

3. Get Going on Hiring Movers Early

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Hiring a moving company should be approached with lots of research, competitive analysis and communication with the company. Given most moving companies may have limited hours during the holiday season, it’s best to book your company at least a month in advance. Once you’ve determined which moving company is flexible and willing to adhere to your moving timeline, check out the four factors below to consider when hiring the right moving company by Cablemover.

Tip #1: Research the Reviews

Tip #2: Don’t Skimp on Moving Insurance

Tip #3: Negotiate with Multiple Moving Companies

Tip #4: Licensing: Check the Credentials

Many people hiring movers have lost thousands of dollars by placing their trust in unprofessional and scammy moving companies. Since moving during the holidays is hectic enough, make sure to do your due diligence when completing this important task.

4. Don’t Rush into Unpacking

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Congratulations, you made it! Feel free to bask in the glow of your own accomplishment because you successfully completed a holiday move. Once moving day is behind you, it’s normal to want to dive right into unpacking and setting into your home. However, we recommend an alternative. If possible, hold off on unpacking the entire house until after the holidays. After the busy and action-packed season of moving during the holidays, allow yourself to relax and unwind.

As you can see, moving during the holidays doesn’t have to be an arduous endeavor. From when to start the process to balancing holiday fun with moving tasks, a hassle-free holiday move is all about your approach. The best part is, you’ll be all moved in and ready to start the new year in your new home!

If you’re ready to start the holiday moving process, make sure it’s seamless by checking out Cablemover’s customizable moving guide – from movers to timelines, our guide allows you to customize your move exactly how you want it.

This article was contributed by our friends at Cablemover.