Estimating the cost of your military move
Opting for a Personally Procured Move (PPM) (aka a do-it-yourself (DITY) move) means doing some of the work yourself. But if you complete the move without spending all your reimbursement, you get to keep whatever is left over! So, for most people, the number one question is, “How much will a military move cost?” Quickly calculate the cost of your military move with our helpful tool, then see how to figure out if you’ll make money on your PPM.
Use the U-Pack® DITY move calculator
To determine your moving costs, we need to know the origin, destination, move date and home size. Use this military move calculator to get an estimate:
What does a U-Pack military move include? U-Pack is a “you pack and load, we drive” service, so we handle all the transportation door to door. This frees you up to travel with your family and drive your personal vehicle (instead of towing or shipping it). And since you pack and load, you can take special care with your belongings, and not feel rushed to tackle the entire move in a day.
U-Pack rates are based on space, not weight, which keeps costs low. But we can provide the weight tickets you need for reimbursement, if you request them at reservation (online or over the phone).
Read more about using U-Pack for your military move and how the process works.
Consider all your reimbursements
Now that you know how much a military move will cost, you need to make sure it will fit into your budget. For a PPM, the government will reimburse you 95% of what it would have cost them to move you. Reimbursement amounts are based on rank and the type of move, so talk with the Transportation Office on base to find out your exact allowance.
And while that money will only cover the moving service, you’ll still be able to receive things like your per diem, Dislocation Allowance and Temporary Lodging Expense, which can help with other moving expenses like hotels, food and gas in your personal vehicle. Once you find out all the different programs you qualify for, you’ll know exactly how much money you’re working with.
Easily compare costs and budget
Do this simple calculation to quickly determine if you’ll make money on a PPM:
[Reimbursement Amount] – [Total moving expenses] = X
If X is a positive number, then you’ll be able to pocket money! Along with the monetary factors, sometimes going the DITY route is worth it for the reduction in stress. You can move on your schedule and ensure everything is well taken care of by packing your belongings yourself.
Book your DITY move
After using the DITY move calculator above, you’re ready to reserve your move. Booking early guarantees the equipment and move date you want! You can reserve online or over the phone — and don’t forget the weight tickets (if you need them). If you still have questions, our military moving specialists can help you. Call us at 844-362-5303844-594-3077 to speak with someone. Thank you for your service!
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