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MOVING ALLOWANCES

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Moving a household incurs many expenses.  However, you can save a lot of money by moving yourself.


PERSONALLY PROCURED MOVE PROGRAM
The Personally Procured Move Program (formerly called the Do-IT-Yourself Move, or DITY Move) is designed to provide servicemembers with an alternative method of moving their household goods.  Servicemembers may move their household goods themselves using rental equipment or a privately owned vehicles (POV) or even by hiring a commercial mover.


PARTICIPATION

Participation in the Personally Procured Move Program is strictly voluntary, and servicemembers are always eligible for a goverment move.  In addition, servicemembers may opt for a combination of the two methods.


METHODS OF TRANSPORTING GOODS
If you use a PRIVATELY OWNED VEHICLE, you may also attach a trailer, but empty and full certified weight tickets are required.  You will have to take your vehicle to a weigh station when empty (TIP: Make sure your vehicle is empty of EVERYTHING possible: if it can come out, take it out) and then at your destination you should weight your vehicle when full.  The transportation office will subtract the empty weight from the full weight to get the total weight transported.  You will be reimbursed at a certain rate per mile multiplied by the total weight transported.

If you use a RENTAL VEHICLE, such as those available from Ryder or U-Haul, you must procure the rental equipment and the accessories yourself.  In addition, just as when you use a privately owned vehicle, you must present empty and full certified weight tickets.

You may also contract directly with COMMERCIAL CARRIERS. You will be reimbursed as in the above two categories and empty and full weight tickets will once again be required. 


METHODS OF WEIGHING
Vehicles used in the Personally Procured Move Program must be weighed when empty AND when full.

For trucks, motor homes, and automobiles, the driver and all passengers must be out of the vehicle, and the gas tank must be full each time the vehicle is weighed. 

For trailers, the driver and all passengers must be out of the trailer and the gas tank must be full.  The towing vehicle and the trailer must be weighed as a complete unit.  Axle weights are acceptable.

Be sure to weigh your vehicle at a "certified" weigh station.  You can usually find them at truck stops along major highways.  State operated weigh stations along interstates usually cannot issue certified weigh tickets.

Be sure that the weigh tickets have the following information:
- Your name, rank, and social security number
- Identification of the vehicle weighed
- Legible imprint of the measured weight and date
- Imprint or official stamp with the name and location of the weigh station.
- Signature and title of the official certifying the weighing


REIMBURSEMENT
Under the Personally Procured Move Program, you can be reimbursed for up to the amount it would have cost the government to move your household goods (up to your authorized weight allowance).  This cost is defined as the Government Constructive Cost and is based on an estimate of the weight of your household goods that you and the agent from your post's travel office determine at your initial meeting.
A basic worksheet called the "Inventory of Household Goods/Weight Estimator" is used to make the weight estimate of your goods. 
 
If you ship the goods yourself, the government will pay you up to 95% of what it would have cost the government to transport your household goods.  If you use a commercial carrier to ship your goods, you may be reimbursed up to the total amount it would have cost the government to arrange for and ship your household goods. 

During your meeting with your travel office, you must get approval to make a personally procured move.  If you do not get this formal approval for a personally procured move, you may not get reimbursed for your move.  Personally procured moves to overseas areas are not recommended (and sometimes not allowed).


INSURANCE
Since you (or the contracted carrier) do all the packing and actual transportation of goods, the government cannot be held not liable for any losses or damages that occur during a personally procured move.  If you do choose to do a personally procured move, the military claims office will not pay a claim for loss or damage

You should consider purchasing insurance, either through the moving company or through an insurance company to cover your rental equipment, your POV, and/or your household goods.  When using a commercial carrier to ship your household goods, you should ensure the carrier provides insurance on your household goods in accordance with local and state laws.


DELIVERY AND STORAGE OF GOODS
Temporary storage of your goods in a personally procured move is authorized at government expense.  You will be reimbursed, however, based on how much it would cost the government to store a like amount of weight.  You will have to submit a claim for personally procured storage on a DD1351-2 Travel Voucher to your local transportation office. 

You may want to purchase insurance coverage for your goods while in storage as well, because the government will not pay for claims on losses or damage to your household goods while in personally procured storage.


INCENTIVE/REIMBURSEMENT CLAIMS
Once you have reached your destination, you must submit a claim to your local transportation office in order to receive payment for your personally procured move.  Within 45 days of your move date, you must submit a DD2278, DD1351-2, empty and full certified weight tickets, and complete set of orders. 
 

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SEE OUR GUIDE TO CLAIMS FOR LOSS/DAMAGE TO HOUSEHOLD GOODS/BAGGAGE

Castles

Heidelberg CastleHeidelberg
Heidelberg is the very image of romantic Germany.  The city's 17th Century red sandstone castle ruin and the old bridge are two of the most majestic sights in all of Germany.

Neuschwanstein CastleNeuschwanstein
Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the fairy tale landmark upon which the Walt Disney based his Disney Land Castle: Mad King Ludwig's Schloss Neuschwanstein.

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