Moving day hits the capital

Tom Pechloff
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While this may be a long weekend for some – and for others a last chance to stock up before Canada Day – for many in Ottawa, Canada’s birthday means something else.

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It’s moving day.

About 2,100 Ottawa families are doing just that, according to a very busy Paul Bimm, co-owner of the city’s Two Men and a Truck franchise.

“All of our trucks are out. We’ve even rented additional trucks and have our entire team out right now doing moves for clients,” he said on Monday. “It’s been extremely busy this last week and into next week as well.”

Mr. Bimm’s 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 wasn’t 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 doesn’t hire part-time help during peak periods. He said that contributes to customer satisfaction.

“We give a lot of work away,” he said. “We get a lot of calls we can’t take as a result.”

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 on Monday.

Waiting to the last minute is never a good idea, Mr. Bimm said.

“Make sure to ease some of that stress,” he advised. “Reserve two to four weeks ahead.”

Geographic location: Ottawa

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