3 Things to Know When PCSing Alone as a Military Spouse

A PCS without the assistance of the service member isn’t at all unusual in military life. Sometimes a PCS take place prior to the end of deployment, in the midst of deployment, during a time the service member is attending school, or simply in the field.

While these occurrences are not unusual, that doesn’t negate the stress a spouse experiences during a solo PCS.

In this situation, organization is imperative. Here are three things that can help your PCS run smoothly if you’re flying solo!


Create a Comprehensive PCS Moving List

Create a PCS list or binder outlining all upcoming tasks. If at all possible, it’s best to start a month or two in advance to get a leg up on the biggest tasks.

Using a calendar to monitor tasks is a great way to organize the PCS binder. Daily tasks help keep the process moving forward and focused. It is important to note that the Department of Defense (DoD) funds are allotted only for DoD instigated PCS moves. When the PCS is DoD required, typically house-hunting travel expenses for up to ten days are compensated. If the PCS orders are executed and there is no on-base housing available, DoD covers the cost of a hotel until on-base housing becomes available.

The government can reimburse some real estate expenses, notably 10% on sale price, and 5% on purchase price. This only applies to civilian spouses. A home marketing program is available through the DoD that reimburses 1% to 5% of the residence selling price.
You can get extensions on selling your home and purchasing a new residence.
If you live in a mobile home, the DoD reimburses the costs of moving it with a commercial transporter.

Ensure the Power of Attorney (POA) is Up to Date

It is always a good practice to have a general POA on hand. Regardless, it’s possibly out of date by now and needs updating. As you attempt to make a move on your own, you can’t do any of the paperwork unless you have a legal POA.

If you have your POA in a safe deposit box, go check it to make sure it hasn’t expired. The worst thing that could happen is having legal snags as you attempt the move without your spouse. Scrambling to get a new POA at the last second could also take weeks of time.

Be sure to look over other types of powers of attorney you may need before the move takes place. These are all major security blankets if something unforeseen happens.

Checking and Obtaining Insurance

It’s essential to make sure you have your household items insured during a move so you don’t have to pay out-of-pocket for any damage occurring. Even if you get eventual government compensation for a move, they won’t pay for any damage occurring to your furniture.

One thing that many overlook is obtaining renters insurance if you’re renting an apartment until finding a new house. If you have more than $35,000 worth of possessions, you’ll definitely want to protect yourself until your spouse rejoins you.

Ready to get started looking for housing? Our Relobase Realtors are happy to assist you!

(Article originally appeared on Relobase.com)


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