Independence day (4th of July) makes us think of fireworks, family reunions, food, and freedom. When we think about freedom, it’s hard not to think about the long and arduous struggle it took to get it and the challenges we’ve faced to keep it. Many lives have been lost along the way and even today, the men and women of our military are fighting to maintain it. While we associate summer with the 4th of July, it’s also known as the season for moving. Summer is peak moving season for regular households, and a lesser-known fact is that summer is also peak moving season for military families. While relocation is a bit different for military families than it is for civilian families, both types of moves are important to us here at Advance Relocation Systems, and in this article, we’ll tell you why.
Summer’s peak-moving season stretches from Memorial Day to Labor Day. This period is a popular choice for many people who are relocating because of the warm weather and the desire to get settled in before the new school year begins. Other common reasons for a summer move include kids going off to college and relocating for work. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, every year between 42 and 43 million people relocate, and about 80% of those moves occur during the summer alone! The United States Armed Forces orchestrates between 420,000 and 450,000 Permanent Change of Station (PCS) moves for military families annually, and about 40% of those relocations happen during the summer.
When it comes to military families, the decision-making process is different but the logistics are the same. Many of our servicemen and women receive orders for their new assignments in the spring and early summer, allowing them to complete their moves in time for their children to begin the school year with their new classmates. Military families aren’t able to control how often they move or how long their service member will be deployed. Moving by itself can be extremely stressful, and having to move every few years can be really hard on families.
It’s easy to see the downside of having to move so often, but there are positive aspects, too. Meeting new people and experiencing different cultures offer a broader perspective and a greater appreciation for home. We want our military families to focus on the positives of moving, not the negatives, which is why we aim to make the relocation process as stress-free as possible. As an Atlas agent, we have a wide variety of resources, beyond that of most moving companies. With a fleet of more than 50 moving vans and an energy-efficient, sustainable 62,000-square-foot warehouse/storage facility, we have the capacity needed to take good care of your property while it’s in our possession. Our team of over 150 strong individuals boasts a number of veterans so we have some firsthand knowledge of our military customers’ needs.
For most moving companies, military moves aren’t the most desirable because they aren’t as profitable as regular household moves. At Advance Relocation Systems, we choose to see military moves differently. We have an entire division of our team dedicated to making the relocation process easier for the men and women who serve our nation. We have won the bid for multiple contracts to move military families across all of the service domains. We are dedicated to finding different ways to give back to our community and show our appreciation for the people who choose to move with us. Hiring veterans is just one of the ways that we show our appreciation. We consider it a privilege to relocate military families with great care and minimize their stress as they serve and protect our great nation.
While we celebrate Independence Day with our families and friends, let’s take a moment to appreciate our military personnel and all that they sacrifice on our behalf. It’s a good time to remember that they are asked to uproot their lives and families often to continue to serve where needed. Here at Advance Relocation Systems, we are doing our part by safely moving these families, and we encourage you to think of small acts of kindness you can do to make them feel welcome when they move into your community.