Approximately every three years the average military family makes a move. Every year, the Department of Defense and U.S. Coast Guard are busy shipping approximately 225,000 different shipments during summer months for families on the move. Whether your own move is coming up this year, or is closer to two or three years away, it is always good to be prepared. Here is a DITY move checklist to help with your either full or partial DITY move.

Three Months From Date of Move

  • Use a DITY move calculator to estimate expenses.
  • Start saving money for what will not be reimbursed.
  • Take an inventory of your belongings and get appraisal for any valuables.
  • Sell, or donate any items that you no longer need.
  • Make vehicle shipping arrangements if necessary.

It is important to note that some expenses are not authorized for a DITY move. If you have need for auto transportation, insurance, meals and lodging, a tow dolly, or gas for a vehicle other than the one which is performing the move, you should save the funds to pay for those yourself when the time comes. Make sure your DITY move checklist includes confirming what are and what are not authorized expenses.

One Month From Date of Move

  • If you are using military moving companies, schedule dates for pickup and delivery.
  • Obtain change of address cards.
  • Have your spouse and children give job notice if necessary.
  • Return any items that you may have borrowed from others in the community.

At one month away, the move is looming. If you have any questions still about what forms are required of you, or any unconfirmed arrangements with other companies, this is the time to take care of those concerns.

The Day of Your Move

  • Pack snacks and drinks.
  • Make sure valuables, such as jewelry and important documents stay with you and your vehicle.
  • Arrange for pets to be monitored so you can focus on the move.
  • Keep a supply of basics on hand, first aid kits, paper towels, scissors, anything that might just come in handy.
  • Double check the house and your DITY move checklist before the moving company leaves.

Once the move is done, save your military moving checklist, as you will likely need it again. Many military families find the DITY move to be stressful, but by shouldering the responsibilities you may be able to make a profit from the reimbursements. Remember that you must submit a claim to get reimbursement, so be sure to do that before the 45 days has passed. Use these checklists, and add or modify the items as you see fit to be sure that your move goes off without a hitch.

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