We’ve made our to-do list, and we’re checking it twice, but I’m sure there’s something we’re missing. We’re getting down to the wire before the movers come to pack up our entire house, so I wanted to share our final PCS checklist before we leave.
This is the most exhilarating and frustrating time, because you can finally start doing things. You’re literally hurrying up to get everything done, and waiting, because some things you just can’t do until that last second (or day) before the movers arrive. Military moves are also a whole different beast when it comes to moving for one simple reason: you aren’t supposed to pack anything. It’s such a hard concept to grasp, but with the exception of taking things off the walls and unplugging things, your house will look absolutely the same until the day the movers arrive. Then, they’re like busy little worker ants: they come in, start magically and methodically packing up all of your possessions, and then on packing day they play the coolest game of tetris by getting everything to fit in the truck.
If you’ve never been through a PCS before, I plan on going on Facebook live several times during our move-out days so you can see what it’s like. I was completely bewildered before our first move; hopefully seeing it in action will help some of you know what to expect in the future!
Our final PCS checklist
Two Weeks Before Movers Arrive:
- Cancel things (security systems, gym membership, pest control, internet, cable; call about utilities)*
- Take dog to the vet for updated shots and car sick medicine
- House projects
- Update our will
- Get updated vaccine records for kids
- Make sure hotel reservations are all set
- Purge the house one more time (throw more things away, give away more stuff; go through the pantry, freezer, fridge and toss/giveaway anything you’re not going to use—make a 2 week meal plan)
- Get in touch with realtor and make sure everything is set and in place for when you leave
- Make arrangements for the kids so they’re out of the mover’s (and your) hair
- Make arrangements for your last night(s) in town (ask to borrow air mattress/pack ‘n play/sleeping bag, or get a hotel room)
- Go shopping for paper goods (plates, bowls, forks and spoons, cups)
*It turns out most places require/need 30 days written notice to cancel things. Just FYI.
**If you can, try to keep your internet hooked up through your move. The days when the movers are there can be extremely boring, so having wifi may be your best friend
One Week Before Movers Arrive:
- Clean out the car (vacuum, car wash, oil change)
- Take everything off the walls
- Patch holes in the walls
- Do one more load of laundry
- Pack for EVERYONE
- Make a “Do Not Pack” section and put everything you want to take with you in that area
- Empty out gas from lawn mower
- Return propane from grill to Home Depot
- Clean off patio furniture (there can’t be any soil on your outdoor stuff)
- Start thawing out the deep freezer
- Finish projects around the house
- Download movies/music to devices for the road trip
- Get a few new toys/surprises/snacks for road trip
- Eat at our favorite restaurants one last time
- Take pictures of EVERYTHING in the house
Day Before Movers Arrive:
- Throw out any leftover food in the fridge
- Put things in Ziploc bags (utensils, stuff in desk drawers, etc.)
- Empty and clean trash cans
- Pick up air mattress, etc., from friends
- Make sure your “Do Not Pack” pile has everything in it!
During the Packing/Moving Days
- Sit awkwardly in the corner with nothing to do
- Go “live” on Facebook so you can see the move in action
- Label/color-code the boxes after they leave
- Hold our mail
- Pick up the mini van we’re renting
- Pack our lives away and get ready to hit the road!
Whew. And that’s everything. What do you think? Am I missing anything? I’m surprisingly not stressed yet; granted, that’s subject to change at a moment’s notice. How am I feeling? I’m sad that I’m leaving my friends, but excited for this new adventure. We just need to make it through the next couple weeks!