The American Moving and Storage Association reported today that Americans were shipping 4.2 percent more household goods during the first five months of this year than during the same period in 2009. (AMSA is a storage and moving trade association, and puts consumers in touch with professional movers through its Mover Referral Service.) When AMSA looked only at items shipped by consumers, the shipments were up by 11.2 percent. During 2008 and 2009, shipping dropped dramatically, by 21.5 percent in 2009 and 18.2 percent in 2008.
The statistics suggest that more Americans are moving from one home to another again, which means that the housing market may start to pick up. Relocation tends to stimulate consumer spending in general, because people who are moving spend more money on take-out food, renovations, and household items for the new home.
“These numbers are very encouraging,” AMSA president and CEO Linda Bauer Darr told Trucking Info News yesterday. “They show big improvement in both of the private-sector business lines we track, consumers as well as corporate relocations, which were up nearly two percent.”
Today Tony Baumer, the owner of BD Movers of Manahawkin, New Jersey, told a reporter from NJ.com that his business has been up 25 percent in 2010 so far. Moreover, he added, the packing part of his business was up 150 percent.
“Packing is an extra that people usually cut out if they feel money is tight, so this is a great sign for business over all,” said Baumer.
Baumer’s business, and other New Jersey movers, may be doing well because of New Jersey’s proximity to Washington D.C., which, along with Colorado, is at the top of AMSA’s inbound state list — meaning it is a state that many people are currently moving to. New Jersey is also near the top of the outbound state list, though not at the top — that honor went to Michigan. Overall, the largest volume of shipments, both inbound and outbound, occurred in California, Texas, and Florida.
Among cities, the highest number of inbound moves were to be found in Richland, Washington; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.