Tips and Tricks to Make Military Moves Easier

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The average American will move almost 12 times in their life. The average military family may actually double that amount. Military moves can be hard on a family, even one prepared for such an eventuality, but there are ways to make those moves easier, more efficient, and even profitable.

House size can often vary from base to base, and what fit in your home in Tuscon might not fit in your new home in Washington, D.C. Rather than holding yard sale after yard sale, military moves can benefit from the use of portable storage units (also called storage and moving pods). Rather than loading a truck, your boxes are loaded into a storage unit delivered to your house. These units can be delivered to your new home for immediate unpacking, or they can be partially unpacked while the rest remains in the unit as storage. And you can always access your storage pod if you need to add or remove items.

“Do It Yourself” military moves (DITY moves) are becoming more popular for a number of reasons. First, you’re not on a government time frame—you set the schedule, rather than being told when the truck will arrive and depart. Second, you maintain control of all your possessions at all times, rather than trusting a military convoy. And third (and maybe most interesting), you can actually make money off a DITY move. The government will give you 95% of what they would have paid to move you, and if, through ingenuity, bargaining, and hard work, you come in under that amount, you pocket the difference.

Once you get to your new home, it can help the entire family if you immediately find the groups and activities you want to be involved in. Military families all know the difficulties of frequent moves, and the support communities are usually strong and welcoming. It may be hard to make new friends, knowing that you may have to leave them virtually at any moment, but everyone else is in the same boat. And mobile technology has made it easier than ever to stay in touch with close friends even if you do end up moving soon.

Do you have any tips and tricks to make military moves easier? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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