Moving to a new home is a stressful process. Whether you’ve done it before because of a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) order during your time in the military, relocating to a different city can still take its toll.
If you are in the process of another PCS, bear in mind that moving affects the way you feel and think about the house you are relocating to. You don’t want to associate your new property with the stress of the move. Creating a space that is truly your own starts with the relocation process.
Here are some affordable ways to make the move and subsequent redecorating enjoyable for the whole family:
Create a moving list
Moving is challenging because you need to keep track of many things. Between cleaning the home you are moving from and preparing the property you are moving to, the probability is high that certain things will fall through the cracks.
To truly enjoy the moving and decorating process, it is important to create a PCS move checklist. The checklist ensures that nothing is overlooked – before, during, and after the move. This step is tried and tested.
Hire a reputable moving service
The process of uprooting your family and moving to a new city can be overwhelming. A lot of things could go wrong. Especially if this your first PCS order, it is a good idea to opt for the help of professionals.
A military moving service can help you through every step of your move. From packing to unloading your belongings, the right professionals can guarantee the safety of your assets.
Nevertheless, not all moving services are created equal. Depending on where you are assigned, there are military service assistance options available to you. It is best to ask your peers for recommendations on the moving company you should opt for.
Settle in and assess the space
If you are like most people, the prospect of decorating is exciting. In fact, it is safe to say that decorating a new home is the rainbow after the rainstorm of moving.
Before getting your hands dirty, it is best to settle in and assess your new home. Pausing after a major move allows you to clear your head and think about how you want your new home to look given its built-in features and amenities. Allow this pocket of time to steer you away from making hasty design decisions you might regret in the future.
Instead, take this time to plan out the design and layout of your new space. Go online and find inspiration from other military homes. You are more likely to save time and money when you have a clearer vision in mind.
Add color to your new home
Painting the walls is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to spruce up a home. Most rental properties, military or otherwise, do allow their tenants to paint their interiors as long as they repaint it back to the original color when they move out.
Giving your new home a facelift with freshly painted walls is an investment on time more than money. You only need basic painting tools, the help of your family, and a weekend or two to liven up your space.
When it comes to deciding the new color of each room, get your family involved. Ask your kids for their preference and make a weekend out of the process.
If you are daunted by the idea of painting an entire room, I suggest creating an accent wall instead. If that is still too much, you can always paint your furniture to spice up your living space.
Make it personal
Military homes are notoriously plain. White walls, plain carpeting, and basic countertops are to be expected. They are, after all, built to accommodate different types of households.
For the most part, there is nothing wrong with neutral furnishing. In fact, it is a great blank canvas on which you can let your personality come through.
To make the space your own, hang art that you love and hang framed pictures of your loved ones. Show off trinkets you have collected over the years.
Adding your personal touch makes a cookie-cutter house uniquely your own..
Moving to Las Vegas?
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