I don’t claim to be an expert in much of anything, but in our entire Army career, we’ve now completed 4 DITY moves. In as many years. And while we may not do things the same way others do, we’ve figured out a few tricks along the way that I thought I’d pass along.
DITY moves are intimidating, because they are stressful and exhausting and time-consuming. You are responsible for everything. And even though we’ve done several of them, I still dread them. But there are definite Pros to doing a DITY:
BYou pack your own stuff. You can take extra care with the breakables and valuables and important sentimental things. And since you are transporting your own stuff, you have 100% peace of mind that it’s getting to your destination.
BYou can wait as close to moving day to pack away your kitchen as you want, so you aren’t creating tons of trash with disposable plates, cups, and utensils, and you don’t have to spend the money eating fast food for longer than absolutely necessary.
BYou make money. That’s probably the biggest. The military saves money by paying YOU to pack and load and drive and unload and unpack your stuff, instead of hiring professionals.