So, a while back (when we found out we COULD be moving to Fort Knox), I started a PCS Command Center. Hours of research on the computer led me to this nice little organized binder with everything in it!
I started over at Military Homefront and used their Plan My Move app. I then took that checklist, and made my own. You can download mine here. With that, I had a nice little organized start. I put the checklists (both versions) in the front of the notebook. The official PCS orders go in the side pocket for easy access.
The next section is finances. A good place to start here is at Military.com’s Know Your Benefits! I was able to get a clear understanding of what money we are entitled to for our move. The Defense Travel Management Office website was also very helpful in finding out what the current rates are. Knowing what you’ll get back helps you create a resonable budget to use for traveling, househunting, and setting up your new home. In my budget, I considered:
- Travel Gas
- Travel Hotel
- Travel Meals
- Househunting Hotel
- Househunting Meals
- Rental Application Fee
- Rental Deposit
- First Month’s Rent
- Utility Deposits
- Cleaning/House Supplies
- Fill Fridge/Cabinets
One the budget was made, I needed to come up with an easy plan to attack keeping track of all this. I created a form to use for each day we’re on the road and househunting. Add it up at the end of the day and put the totals on a summary sheet. I’ve stapled an envelope to each of the daily forms to hold receipts. Feel free to use these forms:
Don’t forget to grab the IRS form 3903 to claim your moving expenses on your taxes this year!
The third section of my notebook is for travel records. I got the list of what we’ll need from the Plan My Move app at Military Homefront, but I have yet to get all this together yet. That’s on my to-do lsit.
The next section is for Contacts. Any contact information I receive goes right in this section.
The fifth section is called “@ Ft. Knox.” Basically, its clippings of things I find that I want to do once we get there and what the area is like. I’ve got:
- Yearly weather information
- Check-In Procedures for my soldier
- CYS application packet
- Licensing and Registration information for the Department of Motor Vehicles
- Classes, Playgroups, Events
- Farmers Markets and Orchards
The last section is for housing. I was able to go onto the housing website and submit an application for on-post housing. Although, I was told later that you can’t actually get on the wait-list until you’re there, so that was kind of in vain. I’ve also printed out houses I like on AHRN.com. I know these places are probably not going to be available when we get there, but it will help me give our realtor a good idea of what we’re looking for.
So, that’s the Command Center. I hope this information was helpful for someone else!0