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Now that you know the basics of how a standard move works, it’s time to learn about performing a personally procured move.
What’s a Personally Procured Move?
These used to be called DITY moves, short for Do IT Yourself. In a personally procured move, it’s your job to pack, load, transport and unload all of your belongings.
Why Choose a Personally Procured Move?
The biggest advantage to a PPM is monetary. The government will pay 95% of what they estimate it would cost them to move you. If you can do it for less than that amount, you get to keep the difference. I’ve heard some people make thousands of dollars by moving themselves. I have many friends who’ll only move themselves for this reason.
Another advantage is control. You know what’s valuable and what isn’t. You’ll more likely than not take extra care with your belongings.
What are the Disadvantages?
The downside to the money is that it doesn’t get paid to you up front. That means everything comes out-of-pocket. Technically, you’re allowed to request an advance of up to 60% of the estimated move cost. Keep in mind, with the wide-spread use of the government travel card less and less of those advances are awarded. You’re told to use your travel card for all expenses. Ideally, you’ll get reimbursed before the first payment is due on the card. Since turnaround isn’t always that good, you may have to make a credit card payment or two before you can clear out the balance. For many of you that isn’t devastating but it’s worth keeping in mind when weighing out all of your options.
Another disadvantage is that you do all the work. You need to pack, wrap, box, and load everything yourself. That can be a daunting task, especially if it comes down to only one or two people doing the manual labor. You’ll need to go purchase all your own boxes, packing paper, and tape yourself. You’ll need to rent a U-Haul, POD or cargo van yourself. You’re responsible for weigh tickets, gasoline receipts and every other type of receipt connected with your move.
Then there’s the claims process. Basically, there’s no claims process. You’re 100% liable for what happens to your belongings. You won’t get reimbursed for any damages. Ideally, you took great care and nothing happened, but the chances of that are pretty slim.
Those are some pretty stressful negatives…
I know. But the monetary incentive can be HUGE. If reading some of this has put you off of doing it yourself, check out my quick comparison of the three main types of moves. If you know you want to do none of the heavy lifting, but are curious about the steps in a standard move, click here.