Once you start your military transition, deciding where to live will be at the top of your to do list. Often finding the right job involves relocating to a new home or a new city. Here is a checklist to follow for your post-military relocation.
Real Estate and Moving
- Contact a real estate agent to sell your home (homeowners).
- Notify your landlord of your vacate date (renters).
- Contact a real estate agent in the area where you are moving to show you properties to buy or rent.
- Contact a mortgage company to pre-apply for a mortgage; get a VA home loan form from the VA, if you’ll be obtaining this type of loan.
- Explore home warranty options on your new home.
- Explore homeowner’s or renter’s insurance on your new home or apartment.
- Consider a do-it-yourself move to save money; contact a truck rental company.
- Determine personal property storage, if necessary.
- Obtain moving and/or personal property insurance if your homeowners or renters policy does not cover you during a move.
Home Improvement and Consumer Electronics
- If you plan improvements on your new home, compare do-it-yourself home improvement costs versus outsourcing to a contractor.
- Determine if you need to buy new furniture to fill your new home and plan that amount into your budget.
- Determine if you need to buy new appliances and electronics equipment to fill your new home.
- Consider your budget when making decisions on which brands to buy.
- If you use your work computer and don’t own a home computer, consider buying a new home system if necessary.
Telecomm and Utilities
- Notify utility and telecommunications providers of your move date.
- Revisit your home phone, cellular phone, cable and Internet service providers to determine best options.
- Many companies now off er discounts on package deals including all of the above.
- With utility deregulation, consider your options with respect to electricity, water and gas providers.