Here’s how to hire your own moving company for your next PCS

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Here's how to hire your own moving company for your next PCS

One of the most frequently asked questions about permanent changeover (PCS) moves is, “Should we be making a personally procured move (formerly known as a Do It Yourself move) or should we let the government move us?”

It’s a great question, and the answer depends on a variety of factors unique to you and your move. But what you may not have considered is that a personally-procured move doesn’t have to be Do It Yourself – that’s one of the reasons the name was changed.

But wait, Kate, what do you mean?

There is no rule for that they have to do your PPM. It just means that you are not using the government hired moving companies. You can pay someone to do some or all of it – packing, loading, driving, unloading, unpacking. You can even hire your own moving company to handle all of the shebang.

So why doesn’t everyone hire their own moving company to move their belongings? As with so many things, it’s all about money. Well, and some paperwork.

You will be reimbursed for a PPM at a fraction of the rate it would cost the Department of Defense to move you with their contracted moving companies. This rate is typically 95%, although it temporarily increased to 100% by December 31, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The DoD movers went through a competitive process to get these contracts and so they brought the price down pretty low. You may not be as successful in finding a moving company that is willing to do all of the work (packing, loading, driving, unloading, and unpacking) for the amount the government pays you.

But maybe you don’t want someone to do everything. You might just want to help with part of it, like loading and unloading or driving or whatever. Many people prefer to pack their things themselves or have a helpful unit that likes to fill a truck or self-pack container. In that case, a PPM where you pay another company to do some of the work might be perfect for you. There are resources available to rent out any or all of the parts of the job while you do the parts that work for you.

The other problem is the paperwork. Compensation for a PPM is based on correct weight evidence. (Details vary between stores and are subject to change. Make sure you know exactly what weight receipts you need for your store and what specific time you are moving.) There’s a sense of control when you take this truck yourself Drive weighing station driving, and physically holding onto these weight slides. There is a chance that things could go wrong if you count on an outside party to provide you with this evidence. If you decide to have someone else do the driving, make sure you have a procedure in place to ensure you get your weight bills.

Whether you are facing a PCS move in the near future or just thinking about how you would do your most recent move differently, consider the option of a PPM where you don’t do everything yourself. It just might be the choice you’re looking for. Check with your service’s Home Goods Department for courses or more details on how this works for you and your particular situation.

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