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    Don't Forget These 5 Expenses in Your PCS Budget

    If you've faced a military move, you've probably heard someone say, "Well, at least the military moves you!"

    And while that may be true, there are still expenses--some expected and some unforeseen--that are part of a military relocation. 

    MilitaryByOwner's free ebook, Quick and Easy Steps to Prepare for Your PCS Move, includes a helpful section on budgeting for a PCS, including preparing for the unexpected. While you're likely familiar with the military's Dislocation Allowance and reimbursement for Personally Procured Moves, it's wise to plan ahead. For instance, have you considered setting aside funds for the following?

    Plan Ahead for These Expenses in Your PCS Budget

    Don't Forget These 5 Expenses in Your PCS Budget

     

    1) Maintenance and Repairs

    Whether it's carpet stains, broken fixtures, or other damages in the house you've been renting, consider getting an estimate of how much repairs will set you back... and how much of your security deposit you'll be seeing again. 

    If you're a homeowner, you may choose to have a home inspection before putting your house on the market to rent or sell, not to mention home staging, advertising, realty fees, and any needed repairs/maintenance. 

    2) Mortgage Payment

    If you're planning to put your home up for rent, there will likely be a gap between the day you move out and the day your tenants move in. Continued mortgage payments during this time could be the costliest part of your move. 

    Get more practical help in our Guide for the Unexpected Military Landlord

    3) Pet Expenses

    Vaccinations, health checks, quarantines, boarding fees, and travel costs for your animals can add up quickly. If you're flying your pet, you may also be required to purchase a crate that is airline approved. 

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    4) Moving Your Vehicles

    If you have more than one car, think about whether you'll sell, ship, or drive the second vehicle. If you're moving stateside, you may end up renting a trailer for towing the second car, motorcycle, or other vehicle. You may choose to pay to ship extra vehicles in an overseas move, since the government will only ship one POV. 

    5) Restocking Your New Home

    If you're not able to move any perishables yourself, you'll be facing a pricey shopping trip or two to replace perishable goods, kitchen staples, cleaning supplies, and items like new curtains for the windows that aren't the same size as any of the curtains you currently own. 

    While there's no way to foresee every possibility, expanded tips on the above areas as well as help with prepping your home for rent or sale are covered in much more detail in our free ebook, Quick and Easy Steps to Prepare for Your PCS Move. Simply click below to download!

    Easy Steps to Prepare for Your PCS

    Jen McDonald

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    Jen McDonald

    Jen McDonald is the Content Editor for MilitaryByOwner Advertising. She's a longtime writer, the author of the book You Are Not Alone: Encouragement for the Heart of a Military Spouse, the host of the Milspouse Matters podcast, and has been published in several books and numerous national publications. She was a military spouse for nearly 30 years and is the mom of four (including one son in the military). One of her happiest roles now is being a grandmother. She and her newly retired Air Force husband have been stationed all around the world from Europe to the Pacific and won’t count how many houses they’ve lived in because that would be too depressing. Her passion is encouraging young military spouses and regularly sharing about topics like military life, parenting, homeschooling...and now grandparenting! See more from Jen at her site, Jen McDonald and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram , and Pinterest.

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