We made about 6k going from Orange County to Northwest Florida doing a partial DITY move. It really all depends on how much you have to move, whether you drive your car/cars, how much it all weighs etc...
We had a one bedroom apartment in CA. We packed and loaded a semi. Then we drove our cars and our stuff arrived a week later in FL. I wish I could be more helpful with tips and such but my husband did most of it. I know he just wanted to take as much weight as possible.
Make sure to keep EVERY receipt! I weighed my Penske truck empty, and full. Then keep every gas receipt, food, toll fees, etc.. And then you turn it have to turn it all in to get reimbursed. My husband and I did a DITY move from Ohio to NC, we did not get the money in advance. But We got reimbursed about two months after we turned in the receipts and so forth..
We had a friend of ours do a dity move, and they handed everything in- three months later they were wondering when they will get their money back. Come to find out that they lost their claim too!! But yeah, that is so so important because they are very very picky and look at every detail! And that move is expensive, and has to come out of pocket- people rarely get money in advance.
use PODS. saves you from renting a truck and hauling an extra vehicle, if you have one. we made some money using PODS.
When we did the DITY class last year the military was strongly advising against people using PODS.
Your DITY payment will depend on your rank & how much weight you have. If you don't have close to your maximum you're not going to make as much. You might be better off doing a partial.
For an E5 the limit is 9000lbs. Go around your home & do a calculation of everything. Appliances/furniture look up online to find the weights. You can go over your weight limit on a DITY, you just won't be paid for any overage. If you might not make weight or be close to it; don't toss anything before the move. Pack donation items & stuff like that separately that way you don't waste time unpacking/unloading.
Keep all of your receipts even after you get reimbursed for your move. We did a DITY last year and they didn't deduct all of our allowable costs before taking out the 25% tax withholding. So we have to deduct those on our taxes instead.
We DITY moved last summer, alot of the requirements have changed.
It still goes by rank and max weight for pay. We are E6 and our max paying weight was 11,000 lbs -- so if we went over weight that was our own problem.
We had a 26 foot Penske, filled with furniture from a 4bedroom house, along with our jet ski and quad inside. [We also towed a car but they don't count that as weight].
From DITY we were to get an estimated weight BEFORE for $$$ disbursing... They averaged us at 10,000 lbs. You have to weigh the truck FULL before you leave, and EMPTY when you arrive for actual weight.
They give you HALF of the -estimated- weight for payment upfront, once weighed in **IF** you meet the weight [which they will open to check that it is household items], then 10-12 weeks later you get the other half.
With all of our stuff we only came in at 6,000 lbs. We cut it very close to actually OWING, we only received an extra 500$ upon arrival.
Now when you move, you also get IPAC moving allowing, for dependents and etc. We got an extra 6,000 from there, but we also got an EXTRA paycheck to help with expenses.
We did come out ahead, but it was a horrid trip from California to North Carolina. Have fun and hope that semi- helps.
We did a partial DITY move here so we had our necessities when we got a house. I don't see us every doing a full DITY move. We have way too much stuff. We had 15,000 lbs when we moved here and we've accumlated more. We had 9 crates/400 plus boxes of household goods, no THANK you! lol
That was us by at least 8000 lbs last summer. lol Our move took four 26' trucks from Penske. I'm not paying TMO a dollar a pound! We were over by 6000 when we moved back from Okinawa (stuff was in storage in FL) so we had to go get it ourselves or pay a crazy amount to have TMO bring it.
This last move about killed us though. I'm never doing that again. If we have to move again it better be because we either win the lottery or inherit a bigger/better house & moving men. We're getting too old to move furniture.
oh and my husband is a SSgt and I think that max weight we could have was 11,000 lbs and we didn't even hit that much. We had the biggest U-HAUL. and my car. We had to go back to get more stuff also without the UHAUL.
Ha ha. I hated our move. It was in conjunction with a stressful short sale purchase and being homeless because we had rented out our house in jax. God, it sucked.
Ugh I bet that move sucked. I wish banks would release some of these homes. They have so much inventory & were already given stimulus money to help out with their losses but noooooooo. GRRRR lol
Short sales are the WORST PITA! Or at least in FL they are. We waited over 6 months on one that we had an offer on. Then the bank came back with a ridiculous price. I am so glad we didn't get that house. lol It's over a year later & that house is still sitting there for sale.