With any move comes stress and worry. I admit before a PCS (Permanent Change of Station) I briefly consider tossing all of our belongings and starting from scratch at our next location… Joking aside, many families choose to move themselves, also known as a “do it yourself” (DITY) or “personally procured move” (PPM) move then rely on the military moving system. I consulted moving experts, fellow military spouses, to weigh in on the advantages of a DITY move. Last week the DITY experts gave some compelling reasons to take a do it yourself move. This week focuses on the “partial DITY” and the families who would never choose a DITY Move.


After reading DITY success stories you are still not convinced? Maybe a partial DITY is a better choice:


Alejandra from Munchkins and Military: We ALWAYS opt to do a partial! Between the stuff that the movers won’t take and the stuff we want to keep with us, it always ends up being worth it.


Angie from Not Your Average American: We partial DITY when we move stateside. Why not get paid to move those belongings that are going with you in your vehicle anyway? That means weighing the car (van, truck) empty, then weighing it with your gear and then filing the paperwork for the weight we DITY-moved. Your dity weight will count towards your total weight so if you are borderline on your main move, then this may not be an option. Of course, you can always weigh and decide not to file the paperwork.


Margarita: We do a partial DITY with the weight of our cars packed with the essentials. That's usually about $1,000 of reimbursement, a similar enough amount to what I hear people who do a DITY make after moving expenses to make it not worth moving our stuff to us. I'm one of those weird people that likes claiming things when they break so I look forward to PCSing because it means I get some sort of new furniture each time.



Move my own stuff? NO THANKS!

Kayla: With all the moving we do, it’s the one thing I count on that I don’t have to worry about. This last move, I worked on my laptop while they packed us up. To me, it’s a much more efficient use of time and resources for them to pack and move us. We also have them do the full unpack every time. Plus, we still come out on top because we use the cars as a partial DITY and get money back from that.


Bridget from Nutty Hiker: We have done a DITY, partial DITY and full TMO move. Would never do a full DITY again. We always do partial DITY so we get the muscle to move the big stuff while we move the rest (plus the insurance that if they break the big stuff they pay for it). Still get a heck of a sum (almost as much as a DITY) at the end!


Lizann from Seasoned Spouse: we would never consider it again because we have way too much stuff! Also, since they started using the government charge card for travel, we have had serious problems getting timely reimbursements (for non-PCS travel) so I'm not confident in the govt to repay all those saved funds.


Ashlee from California Girl Military World : Moving is hectic enough. I love that since the military moves us they can take that burden off my plate. While I have a lot of other things to focus my attention and energy on. Our packers were amazing. And we’ve been pleased. I will ALWAYS let the military move me! I will add that we did a partial duty for all the things we brought with us, but that was it.


Whether you choose a full DITY, partial DITY or a military managed move, I wish you the best of luck on your next PCS endeavor! Have you recently completed a DITY/PPM? Share your experience in the comments.


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Do It Yourself Move Success Stories – Military spouse bloggers share their insights


About the Blogger: Briana Hartzell is a Navy spouse, mother to two beautiful girls (4 years and 1 year), a former full time USAA employee and a graduate of Texas A&M University. Briana writes at Being Briana, a blog focused on the joys that military life and parenthood can bring.