This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U-Pack. All opinions are 100% mine.
When PCS time rolls around, one of the big decisions we have to make is in regards to our belongings. Do we go the easy route and have the military send their movers out to pack our stuff and then transport it or do we do it ourselves? There are pros and cons to each and it really depends on the situation and your preference. What if there was a third option though?
When you go through the transportation office, they will set up the movers and a time for them to come out. The movers show up and they pack your house up at an amazingly fast pace. I’m always amazed at how they are able to pack up our entire house in two days. That is not a skill most of us possess. While you may enjoy sitting back and having someone else pack up and load your belongings, others would rather they do it themselves. That way they know what is in what box and there are no worries about people handling your things.
On the other hand, there is the option to do a DITY or PPM move. I know they changed it to a PPM (Personally Procured Move) move, but I’ll always call it a DITY (Do It Yourself) move. In this case, you pack up all your belongings and you transport it. That’s not so fun if you have a lot of stuff. However, you can make money this way. You need to weigh your moving truck empty and full. You’ll then get paid per pound, as well as mileage. This makes it hard though because you are traveling with moving trucks plus your vehicles. A lot of people tend to travel and visit family during PCS travels, which is much easier to do when you don’t have all your belongings on your back.
How about the best of both worlds? Packing your own belongings, but having someone transport them for you. I swear, it’s a thing. This way, you have more control. Things will be packed how you want them. You won’t find lawnmower parts in the same box with dishes. Nothing will be lost. The couch will be wrapped up so it doesn’t end up stained. You can also make money.
I know, I know. You’re thinking tell me more already! U-Pack. Get a quote from them. They’ll deliver either a moving trailer or container, depending on size. You pack it and they’ll transport it. Right? It’s the best of both worlds? In most cases, they’ll have it at your new location in 2-5 days. If you plan to take advantage of all the travel time the military gives you, do it! U-Pack can store it until you get housing and deliver it once you are moved in. No waiting weeks for the movers to deliver. No worrying about your household goods. No getting things in multiple shipments. No co-mingling of shipments, so no worries about someone else getting your things and vice versa (yes, that happens).
This is sounding better and better right? U-Pack is also familiar with the military requirements for moving (they have a lot of information and forms on their site for military moves). Dedicated military moving specialist are on staff to monitor your move and make sure all the requirements are met for you to be reimbursed. They don’t charge based on weight, but on space. They can still get weight tickets for you though. It will be the easiest DITY/PPM move you will ever have.