The countdown is being felt for thousands of tenants who must vacate their homes in the coming days. They are struggling to find local movers, who themselves are unable to meet the demand.
“We have an unprecedented volume of calls. People call constantly for the same day or for the next day, we have never seen that! says Chantale Paquet, owner of Prix Modique – Déménagement et Warehousing, in Quebec.
As affordable housing is particularly rare this year, people have taken more time to find the rare pearl then contact movers, she explains.
The Clan Panneton at work to help a family move to Saint-Lambert, near Montreal.
A situation also observed by the co-owner of the Clan Panneton, Pierre-Olivier Cyr, on the Montreal side.
“I have never had so many calls for July 1st at this stage. of the year. However, we have been complete for at least 3 months! “, he says, noting the feeling of panic of these last-minute customers.
The increase in the cost of movers, which sometimes amounts to up to 50% more than in previous years for some, does not seem to scare them. “They are ready for anything, they are in a bad way,” explains Ms. Paquet.
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One of the causes of this problem also lies in the shortage of manpower. Low price – moving and storage is limited to twenty moves per day, which has lost 30% to 40% of its employees and trucks.
A sketched scene in Lac-Beauport.
As for the Quebec branch of Déménagement La Capitale, we are limited to a dozen “jobs” daily, while we have the demand to do 70 on July 1.
“But I don’t have the staff. Obviously, to have the best, we had to pay the price,” says the general manager of the branch, Jean-Sébastien Bonin.
The Clan Panneton sees itself, for its part, in the obligation to use agencies in the Montreal area to meet demand.
“But in the rest of Quebec, it’s a complete and total shortage,” says Pierre-Olivier Cyr.
The latter also explains that the movers and their customers are facing a perfect storm.
In addition to the scarce and expensive manpower, the movers are struggling to repair their trucks or to buy others because of the problems of supply of the parts.
Add to that the galloping inflation, which in particular doubles the price of the boxes, and the cost of the fuel which increased drastically with the war in Ukraine.
“We are predicting difficult weeks for the movers, we don’t want to pass the bill on to the customers. We are not even sure [of being profitable] this year, ”laments Mr. Cyr.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my email@example.com 1-800-268-7128