August 3, 2012

Understanding the Military's DITY Move Calculator

Military moving couple

If you are approaching your first military move you will want to gain a solid understanding of the military DITY move calculator. The DITY move calculator is a tool for estimating both the costs of a military DITY move (also known as the Personally Procured Move, or PPM) and the anticipated reimbursement for that move.  You can think of the DITY move calculator as an app or a piece of easy to use software.

In every case, as you approach a DITY/ Personally Procured move you should begin by meeting with a counselor from your base’s personal property office.  Don’t act without approval since this might result in a failure to be reimbursed for the move.

At this meeting you’ll learn what your moving limits are.  These are based on your rank and years of service, among other factors.  You’ll learn what your maximum allowable moving weight is. You will also be shown the Government Constructed Cost (GCC), which is the amount it would cost the government to move your personal property in a full-service government procured move. This gives you an idea what you might save making a DITY move.

The DITY moving calculator comes into play as a tool to estimate the weight of your personal property and the expense to move it.  The DITY move calculator tabulates all the criteria involved, including time, distance, rank, family members and other factors. The results give a solid, accurate estimate of the cost of your individual move. This will inform you of how much to allocate for a DITY move including out-of-pocket expenses and what additional moving services you may be able to purchase.  Based on the results from the DITY move calculator, you’ll be able to decide if a full-service government procured move is better or if you can manage a DITY move to come out ahead.

If you do choose a DITY move, 1-800-PACK-RAT's portable storage units can help you move quickly, safely and with the most flexibility for temporary storage. The all-steel, weatherproof containers are low to the ground, so they are a breeze to load. And you get to leave the driving to us, which means more time to spend with your family or exploring your new home. Members of the military always receive a discount with promo code MILIME10.

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January 5, 2011

Use Tools Like a Weight Estimator and DITY Move Calculator to Help You with Your Military DITY Move

Military family moving to a new home

When you are in the military, the government pays to move you.  And you move a lot.  Most military families move every 2 to 3 years.  The government will hire and pay a professional moving company to pack and move you.  However, if you do the move yourself (a DITY move or PPM move), the government will reimburse you for 90% or more of what it would have cost them to move you. Many military families choose to do a DITY move because they can actually make money on their moves. 1-800-PACK-RAT offers a great cost-effective option for military families who want to do a DITY move but don't want to drive a giant moving van. A weight estimation tool and DITY move calculator will help you determine if a DITY move is right for you and your family.

Before you hop online and search for a DITY move calculator to figure out how much money you could potentially make by doing a military move yourself, you need to have a good estimate of how much your household goods weigh.  You can find weight estimation tools online or ask for assistance from your transportation office on base.  A weight estimator will help you determine an estimated weight of everything you plan to move, based on factors like the number of people you have in your family and how many rooms are in your current home.  Keep in mind that you must stay within your maximum allowable weight limit (based on rank and number of dependents).  The government will not pay to move any household goods beyond that limit, whether you have the government handle your move or you do it yourself.  Once you have a good weight estimate and know the location of your new assignment, you are ready to use a DITY move calculator to estimate how much you could be entitled to receive by doing the move yourself. 

1-800-PACK-RAT is always ready to help military families with a DITY-PPM move, and even offers a 10% discount to members of the military. Get your free moving quote today to get started.

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October 22, 2010

Get Out Your DITY Move Calculator and Start Planning Your Move

Moving is an inherent part of being in the military.  Most military families make a permanent change of station (PCS) every 2 to 3 years and that does not include temporary duty assignments (TDY) or deployments.  Members of the military and their families get very good at moving.  In fact, many of them successfully make do it yourself (DITY) moves for many of their assignments.  With proper planning and tools like a DITY move calculator, doing a move yourself can actually make you money. 

If you are in the military, the government will pay a professional moving company to pack and move you.  For most assignments, you could alternatively choose to handle the move yourself.  That means you could either hire a professional moving company of your choosing, or utilize portable storage containers, a rental truck or your personally owned vehicle (POV) to do the move yourself.  The government will reimburse you for 90 percent or more of what it would have cost them to move you.  Get out your DITY move calculator, because your wallet could benefit if you are willing to do the legwork involved. 

The first thing to do before you start plugging away with an online DITY move calculator to find out how much you could be reimbursed, is to make an appointment with your transportation management office (the name differs from service to service) on base.  During that counseling session, your moving options will be discussed.  The government will not reimburse you if you make an unauthorized DITY move.  Additionally, you will find out what your maximum allowable weight limit is.  That limit, which is based on things like rank and number of dependents, is key when you start working with figures via a DITY move calculator.  The government will not pay for anything above that weight limit.  You can either work with the counselor at that initial appointment or use an online DITY move calculator to estimate what you would be reimbursed for a DITY move.  Take those figures from your DITY move calculator and compare them with the amount of work involved with handling a move yourself.  If you and your family are up for it, start planning. 

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