It's important to keep the following in mind as you go about your DITY move:
1. Figure out your move requirements before you begin. The monetary rewards for a DITY move are real, but only if you're prepared to keep track of all the details. Is the size of your move manageable enough? How much of the move do you want to handle yourself? Do you have friends or family who can help out? Can you make arrangements for your family and pets when you move?
2. Above all, remember two things. The government will pay you an allowance which equals 95 percent of what it would cost it to move you. If your total moving expenses are above that figure, you have to pay the difference yourself. In addition, any extra money you keep from the allowance will be taxable income, so you will need to get a W-2 form for the government when you do your tax returns.
3. Make sure you know all the rules. When you first apply for a move, make sure all your questions are answered by your Public Transportation Office counselor. Learn what qualifies as an authorized or authorized shipment. Find out exactly what you are responsible for. Likewise, get the lowdown on what the government will pay for, and any extra benefits and travel allowances you can receive. You may find that you qualify for more than you expected.
4. You don't have to do it all at once. One major advantage of a DITY move is that you're not dependent on a moving company coming in at one specified time and taking away all your belongings in one fell swoop. If you can, rent a truck for a few days, and space out the moving process. You can move all the furniture and other heavy items on one day, and then move out smaller items on another day. If you have to make a long-distance move, check out the possibility of renting two or more trucks, and getting friends and family to help you.
5. Always look for a military discount. Many moving companies and services don't advertise military discounts, but be sure to ask when you contact them. Don't be afraid to place companies in "competition" with each other by comparing prices and bargaining -- you'll end up winning by receiving a lower price.