The Profit Strategy
To make a profit with a DITY move, you must understand the bottom line. Understanding both your expenses and your reimbursement is the key.
Rememberthat you are responsible for ALL expenses in a DITY move. The government will reimburse you a certain sum based on the amount of weight you moved. You can't really alter that. But your expenses are under your direct control. This is where you need to focus your efforts. To help you lower your expenses, we've negotiated discounts with some key moving providers. See our Quick Resources page for details.
Second, shop around for different options for your DITY move. Make sure you understand the total cost involved with each option. For instance, don't ignore the cost of fuel and tolls with rental trucks or the additional costs of ramps and weight tickets with some you-pack/we-drive options.
For extra security, consider padding your expense estimate by 10% or so. Overestimating your expenses only leads to pleasant surprises. Underestimating your expenses can lead to disappointment and a financial bind.
Figure the difference between your estimated reimbursement and expected expenses to determine if the DITY option is for you.