Moving industry sees demand increase due to pandemic

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) – The pandemic has caused people around the world to rethink many aspects of their lives, including where they work and where they live. While many businesses have struggled to stay afloat during this time, the moving industry has seen increased demand, including in Kern County.

23ABC spoke to one of the moving companies here locally that will be doing interstate and international moves. But after going from 18 staff to just 6 with an increase in demand, Galbraith Van and Storage sees more work than workers.

“It’s November, which has been full for 3 weeks,” said relocation specialist Leon Welch.

It continues in December

“Since this morning, the 13th was open. But an hour later it closed, ”Welch said.

Welch said his business was booming amid the pandemic.

“Usually the moving season was in the summer, but this year and even last year. Winter hasn’t really slowed down. And we wondered if the market would ever go back to where it was in years past, ”Welch said.

Welch said this was due to a variety of reasons, with some leaving due to pressure within the local oil industry, while others were simply considering retiring.

“We are seeing movement in the wake of COVID and the things it has caused. As people are able to work from home. Now they think I can live anywhere and do my job, and some have brought up their kids at home (because of covid), ”Welch said.

Welch said this high demand for relocation isn’t just California-specific. Other states are also seeing this increase.

But at the same time, Welch said most of his moves are out of state.

“Most of the population is moving to the mid-Atlantic states, like the Carolinas and Tennessee. And there are many who go to Florida or Texas. These seem to be the states that most people head to from California, ”Welch said.

That’s why, if you’re planning on leaving the state, Welch recommended planning ahead, as booking dates are almost fully booked until next month. Also plan this move with a reputable company you can trust.

“The motto is that if it’s important to you, it’s important to us. We want to make sure that what goes here gets there in the same condition, ”Welch said.

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