Ideas on Moving Down the Street, Across Town, or Cross Country

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Most veterans, military spouses, and military families associate military life with repeated relocations to new duty stations. While possibly difficult at the time, this experience can help you while making a move as you transition to working in the private sector. After all, you’ve had plenty of practice having your personal items packed in boxes and shipped out.


Whether you’ve moved from Fort Meade to Madagascar, here are some things you might encounter during a private sector move – whether it’s down the street or across town in a do-it-yourself (DITY) move or a fully-funded corporate move across the country or the globe.


Whenever we make a physical move and relocate, lots of things need to happen. To make it easier on everyone involved, here’s a set of things to think about and consider doing:


  • Throw out all that extra junk. If you haven’t used it recently, you probably don’t need it.
  • Consider a garage sale to sell your unwanted items. If you wish to go high tech, consider using craigslist or VarageSale, SWAPPA to empty your old cellphone collection, and of course there’s Amazon and eBay.
  • Donate your gently-used items to an organization that might benefit from them. Examples include Goodwill, The Salvation Army, St. Vincent DePaul, Savers, and others.
  • Have an extra car or truck you wish to donate? Many of the places listed above accept vehicles as donations too.
  • Find a consignment store and place some of your items there. The good news is that many of these stores will pick up your items. With this option, you might make a little extra cash once you sell your items – just keep in mind that you split the profits with consignment stores.
  • Consider donating items to other organizations such as veteran homes, homeless shelters, churches, schools, and other places.
  • Start early so that you can minimize the distractions involved with moving.


When you make a corporate move, you will see plenty of familiar things you saw during any military move. Here’s some info that you might not know about:


  • Private sector companies have different levels of relocation programs. Pay close attention to the specifics of the relocation program so you know what to expect.
  • Relocation can be as simple as a few funds to help support you moving your personal items on your own (similar a DITY move) or as elaborate as a full-service move, including temporary housing, real estate agent support, and other programs. Know before you go!
  • Depending on the type of work you do, you might need to manage the physical move, along with the administrative tasks required of you as a new employee, such as online training. That said, be ready to use your time management skills so you can focus on the important tasks ahead.
  • While you might remember to fill out a Change of Address Card at the local post office, make sure your employer (usually the Human Resources Department) knows your temporary or new address.
  • Just like your military experience, private sector companies focus on “the mission”. Be ready to handle your relocation business promptly so you can get to work asap.
  • Make sure to get to know co-workers in your new city. They can help you adjust to your new surroundings inside and outside the workplace. Also, stay in touch with your Hiring Manager during the relocation process as your supervisor can help you make a smooth transition.


So, whether you’re moving three houses away, switching zip codes, or getting new license plates, I hope this information helps you when you’ve got to move it!


How has a corporate relocation differed from a PCS move? Share your insights below.