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DITY Move Calculator

February 10th, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Calculate the cost of your Personally Procured Move

If you’re moving with the military and plan on doing the work yourself, you’re going to be embarking on a Personally Procured Move, or PPM. Some people call these DITY moves, or Do-It-Yourself moves. No matter what you call it, it’s vital to understand how much it costs. The government reimburses you 95% what it would have cost to move you themselves. If you’re doing a DITY move instead of letting the government move you, then you’ll definitely want to stay within that 95% payout. If you calculate your DITY move costs, you can stay in your budget.

DITY move calculator

How to determine the cost of your DITY move

For starters, you'll have to calculate how much money is in your moving budget. Start by talking to your Transportation Office to see what your allowances and reimbursement totals are. Your PPM benefits will be based on the weight of your shipment. You will need certified weight tickets before and during your move, and these will determine your payout.  Your weight allowance will vary based on your rank and number of dependents. Don't forget to ask about any travel allowances! You may qualify for a dislocation allowance (DLA), monetary allowance in lieu of transportation (MALT), per diem allowance, and temporary lodging expense (TLE). You can typically also get advance basic pay when you're making a permanent change of station move where you can draw up to 3 months' pay in advance, interest-free.

Once you know how much you’re allowed to spend during your move and how much you’ll get from allowances, you can start planning your move.

Get quotes with our DITY move calculator

One of the most economical ways to do a PPM is with U-Pack®. U-Pack is a self-moving service where you do the packing and loading, but we handle the driving. Your belongings are delivered right to your new home, whether on-base or off.  We weigh your truck empty before the move and full once it’s loaded, so you’ll have a copy of those official weight tickets.  However, our prices are based on the space you use instead of the weight of your belongings, so your reimbursement from the government is often more than you paid for our service.  If you move for less than what the government will pay you, you can keep the rest of your payout. It’s like getting paid to move!   More than likely, if you ask around about military moving, you’ll hear about U-Pack. Military families on a fixed budget appreciate our affordable options.

Find out how much your move will cost – use our DITY move calculator online to get a moving quote.

If you need certified weight tickets, we can arrange for that, but we need to know before your moving day. Let a helpful moving consultant know your needs, and we will handle everything. We have a team of dedicated military specialists who are familiar with all the requirements for each branch of service, so we make sure you have everything you need to be reimbursed.

Benefits of a DITY move with U-Pack

Along with our easy to use DITY moving calculator that makes it easy to check prices, there are some benefits to moving with U-Pack.

Controlling your move. With a U-Pack DITY move, you’re in control every step of the way from deciding your options to selecting your specific move date. Customers love handling the details and customizing their move to fit their needs. We have storage, expedited delivery, loading help, and lots of money-saving options to choose from.

Fast transit times. Our customers also love how quickly your belongings arrive. While government movers can take weeks to deliver your belongings, most DITY moves with U-Pack arrive in just 2-5 business days. Even for bases in Hawaii and Alaska, our transit times are between 7-14 business days – notably faster than traditional movers. Getting your stuff fast means you won’t be stuck without all of your things for weeks on end, so no more borrowing items from the loan closet.

Door to door delivery. The benefit you’ll find when moving with U-Pack is that you don’t have to drive. Most other DITY moving options are rental trucks. So being able to move without the hassle of driving a truck is important, especially if you have kids or pets to take care of. Since we handle all transportation of your belongings, you are free to travel how you want. Or you can take a family vacation while we drive your stuff to your new home! We deliver the equipment to the door at your home, you load it, and then we drive to the door of your new home. If you want to save extra money, we do have options where you can load or unload at a service center. But either way, you won’t have to drive a bulky truck across the country.

Need help calculating your DITY move costs?

We’re ready to help with your military move! In fact, several of our moving consultants have either been in the service themselves or have family who serves, so we appreciate your sacrifice and commitment.  If you need any help planning your DITY move, please leave us a comment or call us at 800-413-4799. We’re happy to help in any we can, and thank you for your service to our country.

Additional Resources

Making an Army DITY Move
Tips for a successful PCS move
Printable PCS Checklist