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During Your Military Move To-Do List

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Moving with the military can be hectic and complicated. The Canadian Armed Forces often asks its members to relocate to a new base with very little notice. A military move doesn't allot much time for preparation, so it's good to have an idea of what to do during the move.

Contact everyone who is managing your move

Military moves, or postings as they're referred to in the CAF, have many moving parts. You will be aided by the government during this process, but you need to know who to talk to if you need information. Brookfield's website is the best place to start to find out who you can contact for help during your move. This company aides all service members in expediting their military move and provides them with access to the various features of military posting aide provided by the Canadian government.

Most importantly, these service providers can help you find appropriate military housing within your destination. Be sure to note what utilities and/or furniture is provided in your new home to avoid bringing things you either can't use or won't need.

Try to sell your home

Brookfield once again can aid you if you list your home on their website. Since there is such a time crunch, you'll likely be selling your old home while trying to move out of it. You may accept a loss on the sale of your home since it is on such short notice, but the government will reimburse you up to $15,000 for any losses on homes. Just remember to document all moving expenses.

Lighten your load

For any move, it helps to make your shipment as small as possible. Here's why:
  • Heavier shipments cost more to move
  • More items take a longer time to move
  • Military postings are frequent, so you don't want to haul unnecessary items
  • You can make some money selling unneeded items

Make an inventory of your items to move

Once you choose which items need to be moved, you should make an inventory. Include receipts and certifications for valuable items. Take photos for insurance purposes. You can start packing your items at this point if you have time. If you don't have time, you can have hired movers do the packing.

Find a good moving company

The government can help you find movers who specialize in military moves, but that doesn't mean you can't find a good moving company on your own. Do some research and find at least three good quotes from three companies before selecting one.

There is nothing special about a military move from a mover's standpoint but it doesn't hurt to mention that you are with the military when hiring a mover. You should always hire movers when you are being posted because you don't have the time to move yourself, and the CAF will usually cover the mover's expenses. Keep your copy of all receipts and the bill of lading so you can submit them for reimbursement when the move is complete.

Check your things

When you unpack at your new home, take the time to inspect your items. Use your inventory list to make sure that everything is accounted for and make sure there is no damage. If you need to file a claim with the moving company, it is best to do it as soon as possible.

What you need to do during your military move is similar to what you need to do during a regular move. The main differences are that time is constrained and you can get help from government resources. Just remember to keep track of all of your expenses in writing so the Canadian government can pay you back for your posting.

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on November 10, 2014

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