Moving is a common theme in the military. Just when you settled in, made friends and know your way around your town; orders come down. There a few different ways you can move with military PCS orders. Full, partial and DITY (do it yourself) are the choices offered. However, it should be noted for overseas moves, you can only do a full move. You should also contact your local transportation office to make sure of your choices, some orders may have exceptions.
Full move is a popular choice for long distance moving. You will be set up with a moving company who will set dates for packing and loading. They will provide all the boxes and packing material. They will also pack everything in your home for you. Your boxes will be loaded onto large containers which will ship to your next location. There, a contractor will unload and unpack all items into your new home. The benefit is that all the work is done for you, making your PCS move stress-free. It is also a good idea for those who need to place their household goods in storage for short term. The military will cover storage costs if you choose the full move.
The downside is that it may take awhile for your household goods to arrive, you may have to use loaner furniture and kitchen items at your new home for awhile. If you choose this move, it is highly advisable to document all valuables and electronics. The moving company should make an itemized list of your household good, check over it carefully before signing off. Also check all household goods carefully when they arrive in your new location, you have a limited time to claim missing or broken items.
Partial move is a good choice for those who are moving short distance or have children. You can pack and move items that you need right away at your new home. The movers will pack everything else in your home and ship them to your new location. When choosing this route, you will rent a truck for the items you will personally pack and move. The military will give you a partial advance to help with the costs. You must weigh your truck empty and full to receive the final payment to cover all costs. Know your weight limit, the military will not pay for any weight that goes over the limit. Again, document all valuables and electronics that the movers move for you. Insurance will only cover those items that the moving company moved. You are responsible for insurance on the items you moved.
The DITY move is where you will do all the packing and moving yourself. Many choose this route because you may end up making a profit. With a DITY move, you are saving the military money. Money they would have to spend on finding a contractor, paying the moving company and paying for storage. With this type of move, the military will give you a set amount of money dependant on your rank and family size. You will have to weigh your moving truck and cars empty and full to receive full final payment from the military. If you shop around for moving truck rentals and cheap boxes, you can cut down on moving costs and pocket the money. Another benefit is that you will have all your goods right away in your new home. It should be noted that with this move, no insurance is provided. You are responsible for all your household goods, even if they break or get lost during the moving process. This type of move requires a lot of planning and hard work, it can become stressful quickly.