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Helpful Moving Tips - Single and Relocating

Source: Standard Installation Topic Exchange System (SITES) for LIFELines

    If you are moving by yourself, it is important to be well organized and to have a timeline for your relocation... Even though you may not have family members to spread the chores out with, you have many other opportunities to delegate some of the work and have fun doing it!

  • Enlist your fellow workers to help on a weekend with packing and moving.
  •  Tell your friends and neighbors to come "grubby", you supply the drinks and sandwiches and chips, and have a "paint up your home party" before you move.
  • Pay some teenagers in the neighborhood to help you have a garage sale. Give them a percentage of the "take". Or enlist the help of a local scout troop to help and offer to donate a certain amount to their troop fund. 
  • The youth group or singles clubs in your place of worship can be a great help. Offer your place for a few meetings in return for their help cleaning, painting, etc. 
  • Put the word out among your neighbors. Maybe have a barbecue or a cocktail party to announce your move and that you will need some help running errands and would appreciate it if they would let you know if they are out. Maybe they'd be willing to pick up your cleaning at the same time as theirs, return your library books, etc.
  • Don't get lonely during the move. Keep in close touch with loved ones and good friends, and be sure to make new friends as soon as possible.
  • Use the Internet or have your family center relocation manager, sponsor, realtor, friend or new boss send you the yellow pages entries for any hobbies that you enjoy. Get in touch with the owners of shops that sell supplies for that hobby; tennis shop, crafts store, etc. They can very often put you in touch with other enthusiasts.  [Editor's Note: Look at's directory of Hobbies & Crafts for a variety of shops] 
  • If you belong to a singles' club in your area, check to see if they have an affiliate in the new destination, or if they know of a comparable club for you to contact. 
  • Same with a health spa. Be sure to transfer your membership, if possible, or join a new club right away if your budget can absorb the cost.  [Editor's Note: has a large directory of Exercise and Fitness centers at your new installation.]
  • Installation fitness centers are a great benefit...membership is FREE. Exercising is a wonderful way to keep the blues away and to meet others with similar healthy goals. 
  • Join or transfer membership in professional organizations. Service clubs like Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, Optimists, etc., afford a great opportunity to network and meet new people while helping the community. 

Helpful Web Sites:

  1. Military Acclimate Provides a wide variety of resources that include a moving calculator, cost of living analysis, as well as information to find the best community for your family's lifestyle.
  2. Military Assistance Program Helps plan your PCS move. Provides links for a budget planner, lodging listings and list of benefits.
  3. Military Traffic Management Command The web site contains useful information in the form of pamphlets, weight calculators, and inventory management tools. Click on Personal Property for all your household goods needs.
  4. Per Diem and Transportation Allowance Committee Access to information on your housing allowance, COLA, per diem, dislocation allowance (DLA), and mileage rates.
  5. Air Force Crossroads Providing Air Force members and families with comprehensive relocation information and resources.


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