PCS/Relocation Resources


Pre-PCS Planning I PCS Move Tips I Moving Overseas I PPM (Personally Procured Move) or DITY I Settling In 


A PCS (Permanent Change of Station) can be a stressful time. MilitaryByOwner has put together checklists and resources for your PCS move, whether it’s your first or you’ve been through many moves. 


Research your next duty station, get checklists for the month and weeks before a move, find tips for moving overseas, help settling in, and more. Find more resources with our series of downloadable PCS ebooks and PCS move blog posts.



Pre-PCS Planning

checklistPCS CHECKLISTS Checklists for the months, weeks, and days leading up to your PCS move. 

PCS 101 MILITARY MOVE MUST-DO'S This streamlined checklist can help you think through all you need to accomplish before a move. 


A PRE-PCS SCHOOL CHECKLIST  DODEA reports that military children move six to nine times throughout their school years. Start with this roundup of trusted resources. 


MAKE PRE-PCS CLEANING A BREEZE Whether clearing a housing inspection or simply prepping to move, you’ll have your home squeaky clean and prepped for PCS in record time!


GET THE MOST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK OUT OF YOUR PRE-PCS GARAGE SALE! If you’re facing a military move, maybe a yard sale is in order. This helpful information will help plan and execute a fun and profitable sale day.


WHAT MILITARY FAMILIES NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LONG-TERM STORAGE You’re getting ready to move and you don’t want to (or can’t) take all of your household goods with you to your next duty station. What do you do?


DON’T FORGET THESE 5 EXPENSES IN YOUR PCS BUDGET Whether expected or unforeseen, it’s wise to set aside some funds ahead of time for these possible expenses during a PCS move.  


PCS Move Tips

PCS_move10 PCS HACKS Tried and true tips from experienced military families for before, during, and after your PCS move. 

HOW TO HANDLE A SHORT-NOTICE PCS MOVE Sometimes you have months to prepare for a move, while at other times the military gives you little notice. 


EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOUR FIRST PCS MOVE If this is your first military move, use these tips to start strong. 


HELP YOUR MILITARY KIDS THROUGH THE PCS TRANSITION With a little preparation, we can help our military kids not only get through but thrive throughout a move.


USING MILITARY LODGING FOR PCS AND VACATION TRAVEL Pre-planning is the key to utilizing temporary military lodging during your move. 

TIPS FOR PCS SURVIVAL IN TEMPORARY LODGING & EXTENDED STAY HOTELS Most military families are pros at living out of suitcases during a move, but what if your time in temporary lodging ends up becoming a matter of weeks…or even months? 

MOVING WITH YOUR PETS  Military families love their animals and want to make sure they’re well-cared for during a PCS. As a pet owner, there are some general tasks you can knock out or research before moving day!


Moving Overseas

Moving OverseasPLANNING YOUR OVERSEAS PCS Many details of an OCONUS (overseas) move are similar to a stateside one, but there are some important differences. 

CHECKLIST FOR AN OVERSEAS SPONSOR  Expectations for an overseas sponsor--the person assigned and trained by the military to help an incoming military member moving to an overseas location.

OPTIONS FOR TRANSPORTING YOUR PET OVERSEAS Military families regularly PCS with their pets overseas. A growing industry exists to help military families secure their pet’s travel to their new duty station.

16 WAYS TO PREPARE FOR YOUR OVERSEAS MILITARY MOVE You may be dreaming of traveling, culture, and immersing yourself in the local culture. There are some practical logistics to get through first.

5 WAYS TO GET MILITARY KIDS EXCITED ABOUT MOVING OVERSEAS Orders overseas can seem like a dream come true, but kids may need some help preparing for such a big change. 

6 FACTORS TO CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A HOME OVERSEAS While the general process and considerations for buying property remain the same, there are additional risk factors to consider when buying a home in a foreign country.

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN RENTING A HOME OVERSEAS As you prepare for your overseas move, it’s also important to realize that there are several factors that make renting in a foreign country a bit different.


PPM (Personally Procured Move) or DITY

PCS_Move_TipsTO DITY OR NOT TO DITY? Why you should--or shouldn’t consider a DITY (Do It Yourself) Move or Personally Procured Move (PPM) as a military member. 

THE HOW AND WHY OF A DITY MOVE The logistics of planning and executing a DITY or PPM move. 


DITY CHECKLIST An easy checklist for your Do-It-Yourself Move. 



Settling In

settling_in7 WAYS TO LIVE LIKE A LOCAL AT YOUR NEW DUTY STATION The time when you’ve settled in after a PCS move is the perfect time to explore!

NEW TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD? MEET FRIENDS FAST! Learn how to establish connections at your new duty station. 


TIPS FOR SETTLING IN AFTER A PCS MOVE While a PCS move can be exciting, it’s also challenging to feel settled.


7 WAYS TO HELP MILITARY KIDS ADJUST TO A NEW SCHOOL Resources and ideas to help military children settle into a new school.


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