While this may be a long weekend for some â and for others a last chance to stock up before Canada Day â for many in Ottawa, Canadaâs birthday means something else.
Itâs moving day.
About 2,100 Ottawa families are doing just that, according to a very busy Paul Bimm, co-owner of the cityâs Two Men and a Truck franchise.
âAll of our trucks are out. Weâve even rented additional trucks and have our entire team out right now doing moves for clients,â he said on Monday. âItâs been extremely busy this last week and into next week as well.â
Mr. Bimmâs operation is not the only moving business booming as June draws to a close. Potential clients calling many movers on Monday afternoon had a good chance of being put on hold, and a frazzled voice on the other end of the line wasnât necessarily uncommon.
Mr. Bimm said several factors are in play. New home sales traditionally surge in the spring, with many of those sales closing right around now. The end of the school year is always a popular time to move, and with Canada Day right around the corner, people get an extra day to settle into their new digs.
Matt Guest, owner of 1st Rate Movers, was also scrambling to keep up with demand on Monday.
He has three full-time teams of workers, but doesnât hire part-time help during peak periods. He said that contributes to customer satisfaction.
âWe give a lot of work away,â he said. âWe get a lot of calls we canât take as a result.â
He agreed the end of June was the busiest time of year for his business, followed closely by the end of August, when the new school year looms.
Mr. Bimm said moving is always stressful for customers, and some of that stress gets passed on to the movers, especially on hot, humid days.
Before talking to OBJ, both Mr. Bimm and Mr. Guest had just gotten off the phone with people looking to move â on Monday.
Waiting to the last minute is never a good idea, Mr. Bimm said.
âMake sure to ease some of that stress,â he advised. âReserve two to four weeks ahead.â