What is Driving Demand for More – and Alternative – Moving and Storage Solutions in Ontario?
Over the years, we’ve grown our company to meet this greater demand by expanding and opening new Stores in more cities across Canada. Our moving services and mobile storage containers can now be found all over the country, from BC to Ontario!
In every region BigSteelBox serves, we’re keen to understand what forces are at play in shaping the growing need for a reliable mover and portable storage. Recently, we’ve seen a huge increase in requests for both moving and storage services coming from Ontario, where we have two stores located in Kitchener and London. We’ve noticed there are actually a few different factors impacting the demand for moving and storage solutions, which range from economic forces to changes in consumer tastes.
In March through May 2017, we saw a 92% increase in online quote requests for moving services and mobile storage solutions in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, with much of the increases originating from the Greater Toronto Area compared to the same period last year. To get a better understanding of the market and the significant growth we’ve seen, we’ve taken a closer look at the factors impacting the demand in southwestern Ontario.
A growing population is fueling demand for moving services and mobile storage
The quickly growing population across Ontario is a key force driving greater demand for moving and storage services. Earlier this year, the 2016 Census Report showed that the province’s overall population growth rate was only 4.6%, while the metropolitan area of Toronto outpaced the national growth rate over the last five years at 6.2%. Centres like Guelph, Oshawa, Barrie and Kitchener-Waterloo also saw above-average growth.
So, what’s driving this growth in Ontario? Since the 1990’s, immigration has been the main driver of population growth in Ontario, however, there has also been an influx of residents leaving the Greater Toronto Area for smaller urban centres.
Read on for more detailed information about how residents moving away from the GTA is affecting demand for moving and storage services.
Toronto’s hot real estate market is driving sales and increasing the need for moving and mobile storage services
Toronto’s real estate market may be showing signs of cooling, but there is no doubt that it has been one of Canada’s hottest markets in 2017.
A record number of homeowners are selling their homes for a profit and moving out of city centres into surrounding areas, where real estate is more affordable. This group of home buyers are called “move-over buyers”. In fact, in the London - St. Thomas region, the number of home sales increased by 30% in Q1 of 2017, compared to Q1 of 2016. Kitchener-Waterloo showed a 13% increase in homes sold over the same period.
In particular, the service Ontario customers inquire about the most is long distance moving. Because we have locations in more than 25 cities across western Canada, we can often provide the most convenient and affordable option to move a customer from southern Ontario to just about anywhere in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan or Manitoba.
In addition to having more locations across Canada than any other mobile storage company, customers also find our moving service helpful because it doubles as temporary storage in between homes. If the move-out date of the current home doesn’t line up with the possession date of a new home, it’s no problem. Customers can keep their things inside their BigSteelBox until their new home is ready.
These are just some of the factors that are currently influencing the moving and mobile storage space in southwestern Ontario. We will continue to monitor these trends in cities across the country to better improve our service and continue to meet the growing need for reliable moving and storage services throughout Canada.
BigSteelBox makes moving and storage simple for Canadians – here’s how.
At BigSteelBox, we’ve seen a shift in the types of storage Canadians are seeking. An increasing number of people are looking for a solution that is more convenient and secure than traditional self-storage units or storage lockers. They’re looking for a space that is essentially an extension of their home or garage, and an option that meets a variety of needs from moving to long-term and short-term storage.
We pride ourselves on providing simple yet innovative moving and mobile storage solutions, while providing an excellent customer experience. Here’s how it works:
- We will deliver a BigSteelBox shipping container to your home and you pack it at your own pace.
- You can either keep your BigSteelBox on your property for as long as you need it, or we can pick it up and move it to one of our secure storage facilities until you need it delivered again to your current home or a new home.
- Even if you choose to store your BigSteelBox at one of our locations, you can still get access to it – just give us a call 24 hours before you plan to arrive, and will have your container brought down for you (Note: access to loaded containers on our site is available at most locations - contact us for details).