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4 Reasons To Add A Buffer To Your Moving Budget

by Ava Sanders

Budgeting for your move is a vital part of making it a successful one. But good budgeting also means including a buffer for unplanned expenses or changing situations. What types of buffers should you plan for during your move? Here are four of the most common.

1. Last Minute Incidentals

The rush and chaos as moving day gets closer will invariably mean some last-minute expenses. You may run out of packing supplies in the last big push. You might pack up the kitchen and need to order meals out. Or you might have to buy your helpers beer and pizza on the big day. These incidentals are often small on their own, but they can add up quickly.

2. Help When Falling Behind

Even if you plan to do most of the packing on your own, you may end up falling behind as the move approaches. This is certainly common, as most people are busy with their jobs, family, and preparation for relocation.

You may not be able to avoid this problem, but you can plan ahead in case it happens. Add a budget buffer to hire additional help from the movers, including last-minute packing, disassembly and reassembly, cleaning services, or disposal assistance. 

3. Tips for Service Providers

Your professional movers are one of the best investments you'll make during a big move. And because they provide this valuable service, you should plan to tip them and other day-of service providers. Many clients also provide some basic refreshments for vendors, including coffee, water, or other beverages and snacks, or even a meal. Keeping movers comfortable helps keep them on the job. 

4. Unexpected Delays

Unfortunately, any move can involve delays at various stages of the process. Weather can delay your trip or the arrival of your belongings. You might have a hiccup with house closings and have to stay somewhere else temporarily. The actual loading or unloading of your stuff can be slowed down due to traffic, construction, parking issues, or unforeseen problems with the furnishings.

Whatever the reason, a budgetary buffer can help pay for things like hotel stays, storage fees, extra labor hours, and rental vehicles or equipment. This reduces stress when the unplanned occurs.

Where to Learn More

Want more help budgeting for expenses that may arise during the last part of your move preparations? Start by meeting with experienced movers in your local area. With their guidance and these tips, you'll create a budget that gets you all the help you need to have a successful and stress-free move. 

Contact a local moving company, such as Prime Residential Movers, for more information.