When PCSing to a new base, there is a lot of unknown.
How are you going to pick what area to live in, what schools to put your kids in, what church to attend? What are the costs of utilities, sports teams for the kids, or music lessons, new jobs for spouses? Everyone needs to make new friends.
The list goes on and on.
If you’ve PCSed once, you know what you’re up for. But if it’s the first time, it can be overwhelming or even scary for some or all involved. If this isn’t your first rodeo, then you know the challenges and stresses ahead of you and your family.
After my personal PCSing experiences and the experiences of friends and clients, I have honed a process that helps eliminate a lot of the stress.
I moved to Vegas from my last permanent duty station in Ramstein, Germany and had to stumble through the process of figuring everything out on my own. I rented for six months before buying my first home here.
I’ve since helped many clients move to Vegas and buy a house. Most of them sight-unseen. Some with just one trip here ahead the move or within a couple of weeks after arriving.
This is possible due to lots of communication ahead of time, the work I put into understanding my clients’ needs, and providing as much information as possible to help them make an informed decision.
One of the best tools I’ve found that really helps clients is video calling while I drive into the neighborhood. I explain the neighborhood features, what’s in the surrounding area, how far from base the home is, and answer any questions they may have.
Then when we get to the home, I can show what the neighbors’ houses look like, what the side yard looks like, inside cabinets and under sinks.
Once my client chooses a home, we execute a contract. I then provide a list of inspectors that I recommend. Of course, you can choose any inspector you like, the recommendations are just to minimize the amount of work you need to do.
This process has really helped my clients feel comfortable purchasing a home sight-unseen.
PCSing to a new city knowing you’ve already purchased a home and don’t have worry about staying in billeting/hotel or having to resort to renting until you find your new home, can make the process a lot less stressful.
My experience and my desire to help minimize any work and stress I can for my fellow military members has driven me to think outside the box. I have gathered and compiled useful information and created a process that I think does just that.