PCS Checklist: Two Months Before Move


Two months before your move, be sure you take care of the following items. [For the full list of PCS checklists, see this page.]

To Do Done?
Begin sorting out and disposing of items you don't need. Hold a garage sale and/or sell off items through an online marketplace such as eBay or Craigslist.  
If you are buying a new home at your new location, you should choose one as soon as possible, arrange financing, and set tentative closing dates. For more on the home buying process, see the Military.com Home Buying Guide.  
If your family members have jobs, they should give required notice of termination and get a referral letter. They should also update their resumes for finding jobs at your new location. For more help, see the Spouse Career channel.  
If you require child care at your new location, start looking into options.  
If you have school-age children, check school schedules and enrollment requirements at your new location.  
If you plan to take a vacation on the way to your new address, make all your reservations as soon as possible.  
If you have a car, truck or auto, be sure that all maintenance and repairs are taken care of now.  
Be sure you still have your proof of insurance for the car.  
Contact your insurance company about protection for auto(s), home and household storage, and high-value items.  
If you are using your base transportation office, let it know if you plan to ship your vehicle, and provide the estimated shipping weight.  
If you have pets, have them checked by a local vet, and ensure all vaccinations and inoculations are up to date.  
Close out any local charge accounts.  
If necessary, open up an account and a safe deposit box at a bank at your new location.  
If you need help organizing your finances, visit your military base finance center, or seek a private financial advisor.  
Check expiration dates on major credit cards you plan to use during travel.  
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles at your new location for information on a new driver's license and registration.  
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