I don't know about you but I am always looking for new PCS tips. Since we're entering peak PCS season we were super happy to catch-up with USAA's Sandee Payne at the MilBlogCon to hear her top mistakes to avoid when moving.
Here is the full list of mistakes from USAA. You can find the rest of the article and learn how to avoid them here.
- Spending beyond your budget. Be aware of the hidden costs when buying a home. Consider the financial obligations beyond a mortgage that add to the cost of homeownership, including city taxes, utilities, insurance and maintenance — not to mention the length of a commute, given the fluctuations in gas prices. And remember updating expenses, such as granite countertops, plantation shutters, or a pool or spa.
- Not researching your new community. Use the Internet to research real estate listings and to learn about your new home, city, local amenities, school ratings, crime rates and children's activities. Talk to parents in the community who can provide firsthand insight on the topics that are most important to you. Make sure to understand your neighborhood by day and by night before moving in.
- Lacking a household inventory. Use photos, video or a notebook to document valuable items. This will help you file a claim if an item is lost or damaged. Store them in a moving file or on a thumb drive.
- Not watching how boxes are organized. One of the most common mistakes when moving to a new home is placing large items, like lawn equipment, next to boxes containing valuables in the moving truck. Keep a watchful eye on those packing for you if using a moving company.
- Moving all belongings. Not everything has to go with you. Pack suitcases and storage bins as if you're going on a short vacation. Include essentials for the first few days in your new home. And take the time to separate items into sections of keep, sell, donate or discard before you pack.
- Dismantling your electronic equipment without labeling wires. Take photos of the connections, and place the wires in a single box. Knowing how to reinstall your kids' computer games can be a lifesaver.
- Not keeping important documents with you. Hang on to important documents, so you can easily re-establish your lifestyle. These are needed at every stage of a move, from making travel arrangements, registering children for school and establishing new physicians using your prior medical records.