March 16, 2011

The DITY Move Calculator

You move a lot when you are in the military.  Luckily, the government pays to move you.  You can either have the government find and hire a professional moving company to pack and move you or do it yourself.  If you do it yourself, you will be reimbursed for 90 percent or more of what it would have cost the government to handle it for you.  That means, if you do it right, you can actually make money when you have to move.  You will want to use a DITY move calculator to help you figure out what that reimbursement amount will be and whether all the work will be worth the potential profit for you.

The first thing you should do before you start searching for an online DITY move calculator or decide how you plan to move is to meet with your transportation office on base.  There are some locations for which a DITY move is not recommended.  And you will not be reimbursed for an unauthorized DITY move.  Once you know you are allowed to do a DITY move, your counselor can help you work out the details you will need to successfully accomplish that.  He or she will also give you a DITY move calculator to help with that process.  A DITY move calculator lets you figure out various moving expenses to help you calculate an estimate of what you will receive as a total reimbursement for handling the move yourself.  Having the mileage you plan to travel, the estimated weight of your shipment and your maximum allowable weight limit  prior to plugging in figures to calculate that reimbursement is very helpful.   Then use that DITY move calculator as a tool to figure out if all the legwork and time you will have to put into doing a move yourself is worth the money you could make. 

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