Preventing & Handling Damaged Property During a PCS

Moving as a military family can be a challenging experience, and ensuring your property arrives intact is a top priority. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through practical steps to prevent and handle damaged property during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS).

Understanding the Risks

Before diving into preventive measures, let’s understand the potential risks. Military families often face challenges during relocations, such as property damage due to handling, transportation, or unforeseen circumstances. Being prepared can make a significant difference.

1. Proper Packaging

Ensure that all items are adequately packed to withstand the rigors of transportation. Use sturdy boxes, bubble wrap, and packing peanuts for fragile items. Label boxes clearly with contents and handling instructions to guide movers.

2. Valuables and Irreplaceables

Keep important documents, valuables, and sentimental items with you during the move. Items like passports, family heirlooms, and important paperwork should be personally transported to mitigate the risk of loss or damage.

3. Insurance Coverage

Investigate and secure appropriate insurance coverage for your belongings during the move. Some moving companies offer insurance, or you may need to explore third-party options to ensure comprehensive protection.

4. Researching Moving Companies

Choose a reputable moving company with experience in military relocations. Read reviews, check their insurance policies, and inquire about their track record. A reliable company can significantly reduce the risk of property damage.

5. Documenting Your Belongings

Before the move, create a comprehensive inventory of your belongings. Take photographs or videos of valuable items and note their condition. This documentation can be crucial for insurance claims if any damage occurs.

6. Communication with Movers

Establish clear communication with the moving company. Discuss specific handling instructions for fragile or valuable items. Provide your contact information and maintain open lines of communication throughout the process.

7. Inspection Upon Arrival

Upon arrival at your new destination, inspect your belongings thoroughly. Note any visible damage and document it. Report any issues promptly to the moving company and, if applicable, your insurance provider.

8. Knowing Your Rights

Familiarize yourself with the rights and responsibilities outlined in your moving contract. Understanding the terms and conditions can empower you to take appropriate action in case of property damage.

For personalized real estate assistance during your PCS, contact Raoul Rowe, a military veteran and Broker-Owner at Ready Front Real Estate. Reach out at (737) 276-1953 or visit We’re here to make your relocation seamless.

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