Avoid the sore back of a full DITY move but keep the essentials available with a partial PPM. AHRN.com has put together what you need to know to make the most of your partial DITY move! Eight months after I married my husband, I found myself facing a mid-deployment local move across town. I think it was day two of the move when I was struggling to get my guest bedroom dresser up the stairs that I swore I would never move my furniture on my own unless it was a truly life or death situation. In the eight years since we’ve put that decision to the test through five PCS moves and an unavoidable local. In the process, I’ve mastered the art of packing Rubbermaid containers and making the most of a partial PPM.
Considering a Partial Personally Procured Move (PPM)?
Not sure whether a Personally Procured Move (PPM), partial PPM or fully government procured move is right for your family? First, check out the differences. Then, consider whether you’ll be moving any of your possessions yourself no matter what option you take: comfort items for children, valuable heirlooms, or essentials you’ll need while in temporary lodging. A partial PPM will reimburse you for the portion of your goods you are moving. At the same time, there are expenses that won’t be reimbursed like tow dolly rental, insurance fees and sales tax among them.
Applying For A Partial PPM
Ready to tackle a partial DITY PPM? Get started by submitting a request at your local transportation office by filling out DD Form 2278, the Application for Move and Counseling Checklist. If this form is not correctly submitted, you will not be reimbursed for your partial PPM claim. You will also want to have the following documents on hand:
- Copy of orders
- Form 1038 Advance of Funds Application (if an advance is needed)
- Copy of trailer registration (if using your own trailer)
Planning Your Partial DITY Move
A little planning goes a long way when it comes to a PCS. Well before your movers arrive to pack the rest of your Household Goods (HHG’s), decide how much you will transport yourself and how. Will you a tow a trailer you own or will you rent one? If you do plan to tow, make an appointment to have your vehicle checked for tow safety and readiness. You will need to verify with your insurance whether you will have coverage for the items hauled in your trailer. If possible, pack your vehicle before the movers arrive to pack the remainder of your goods to ensure it fits!
When it comes to moving day, keep a detailed inventory of what you are transporting just in case of theft or major damage. Before loading, use a certified scale to weigh and get your “empty weight.” Your vehicle should have a full tank of gas and no driver or passengers inside. To avoid issues when it is time to file your claim, make sure your weigh ticket includes your name, the name and location of the scale, vehicle and trailer ID number, date, weigh master’s signature and a legible recording of the weight.
During the Move
Once you’re packed up and are ready to get on the road, get a fully loaded weight at a certified scale. As you travel, protect your partial PPM by getting and keeping receipts for everything. You will need receipts to file your claim. Rental equipment, packing materials, moving equipment, gas, and highway tolls should all be collected with your PCS paperwork.
After Your Move
You have 45 days after your partial PPM to submit the claim and all accompanying paperwork. If you miss this deadline, you will not be reimbursed. Submit your claim by bringing the items listed below to your new duty station’s transportation office.
- Empty and loaded weight tickets (make copies of these for your records)
- DD Form 2278
- PPM Move Certification
- Copy of PCS orders
- All receipts
- Advance paperwork
- Rental equipment contract (if you rent a trailer)
Ready to hit the road?
A little preparation, some organization and you are set for a smoother PCS thanks to a partial PPM. Looking for more PCS help? AHRN.com has you covered with the PCS Toolkit!