My husband is an E3 and we recently got orders for Pensacola, FL. We live in San Diego, CA. My husband wanted to know if it would benefit him (in terms of money) to do a full dity move vs just doing a partial DITY move. Would you save money or spend more? Is it worth the trouble if he's only an E3? We have three bedrooms worth of stuff, living room, kitching, dining, and storage right now.
Could anybody help us out?
I don't know if this matters but I will be flying with my son (military will pay for this) and my husband would be the one driving cross country by himself. If he did the full DITY he would drive the truck and attach our car. If he were to do the partial DITY then he would just try to load up our car with as much as possible.
Let the Navy pack it out. If it were just a few things, I'd say do it yourself, but that much stuff? Nah. If professional movers do it, your things will be insured and stored until you find a place, and they unpack for you. Much simpler. Plus, their trucks don't get broken into in motel parking lots. I've seen that happen more than once.
With a dity move they will not pay for a tow bar for him to two a vehicle behind the truck. Also not sure they pay for you to fly with your son to the base if you are doing a full dity move. Who told you that and what is the reference for that?
A few things to think about: who will pack everything up, where will you get all the boxes, who will take care of weighing the truck and everything, who will unpack it, who will store the stuff if you don't have a place to move into right away, who will deal with the stress (this is VERY STRESSFUL), where are you going to stay if you and your son fly ahead?
I fully agree with Anti M, let the Navy move you much easier and less stress. Keep in mind they do not move vehicles though. Also
i helped my daughter with a DITY move last year from the midwest to San Diego. She was told this n that by her commanders and read various things online about how money-wise she would come out even, or possibly ahead, if we did everything right. Well, we did everything "right" according to what information she could find and was given. She lost money moving that way. (no, i'm not counting the money spent on "me," nor the touristy things we did along the way -- just moving expenses!)
We had a great time together and just counted it all as a great mom-daughter vaca, but it was not lucrative!! AND it was a lot of work on our part (i did a lot of the packing cuz it was her first "real" move from college & home and she was not at "home" where most of her stuff was lol)
On the other hand, one of her classmates let the Navy move her ... they packed up her stuff in late May. It was delivered in August -- apparently when they "caught up" with all the moves, or something. That would have been a bummer!!.
I still think i will recommend she lets the Navy move her next time.