While many were relaxing over the Canada Day long weekend, Philip Feitz’s Oakville-based moving company was working overtime.
“We’re pretty slammed at the moment,” said the owner of Oakville moving company It’s the Right Move told YourMississaugaBiz.com. Feitz said he was planning on working 12 days straight to deal with demand that comes on what is commonly known to be the busiest moving weekend of the year.
“I’ve had to turn away a lot of people in the last few weeks.”
Feitz’s business has been picking up speed in the last two months, culminating with the week leading up to and following Canada Day long weekend, his busiest to date.
“In June I finished with about 25 moves and I’ve got 15 booked for July,” Feitz said, noting an average of 10 moves a month from October to March. “It’s been a little bit overwhelming.”
According to the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM), the last week of June and the first week of July are the busiest time of the year for people to change residences.
CAM president John Levi said there is a simple reason why so many Canadians choose to move at the beginning of the summer.
“People want to move when school is out,” Levin said. “I guess they want to have their children settled over the course of the summer and begin the fall being well settled in their new residence.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we have another surge at the end of the summer,” Feitz added.
Originally from the Netherlands, Feitz started his business just last year in the beginning of 2012. He said after consulting the Oakville-Milton Real Estate Board, Feitz discovered there were sales spikes in the summertime and approximately 3,000 homes are sold in the Oakville and Milton areas on an annual basis.
“If I could get even a small slice of that, I would be happy,” he said.