Generally, the month of May is the time when household goods movers and moving companies begin to gear up for the relocation process. As school lets out for the Summer, the furniture movers get ready to roll. Allied Van Lines, Bekins, Mayflower, United Van Lines, Graebel . . . we should start seeing them more and more as mid-May approaches.
With slow home sales, fewer job transfers and higher diesel fuel prices, I would expect the moving industry is feeling the pinch of the economic woes as well as their trucking freight hauling counterparts. In fact, According to statistics from the Census Bureau’s Geographical Mobility tables, 3.5 million fewer people moved in 2008, compared to 2007 – making it the smallest number of residents to relocate within a year, since 1962.
It was also observed that only 11.9% of Americans changed residences between 2007 and 2008, coming in as the lowest numbers since 1959-60, at a time when the population of the United States was 41% smaller than it is presently. The bottom line: millions of people appear that they are “staying put.”
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How the 2009 moving season will play out . . . we will just have to wait and see.
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