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Movers, furniture stores especially busy during real estate boom

Some movers are booked solid through Mid-July.

DICKSON CITY, Pa. — People are packing up and moving out.

Real estate agents said more people are buying houses now because they were able to save money from the pandemic from not going out, and interest rates are low.

Along with a new house comes new furniture.

At Berger's Furniture and Mattress in Dickson City, employees specialize in moving people from one house to another and selling furniture.

"Moving has been crazy, and then furniture buying has been even more crazy," Owner Brian Berger said.

Movers here are booked solid through mid-July. Usually, they are only booked two weeks out.

Employees have been working seven days a week to keep up.

"Normally, like in June, throughout the summer - we're normally slow. Last year, we opened up on June 5th, and as I said, we were seven days a week from June 5th to the time we opened up," Berger said.

Business at Berger's Furniture and Mattress has gone up about 75% in this real estate boom.

With so much demand, it was hard to keep up with supply.

"The industry itself blew up, and then you have people not working, and so manufacturers were tight and supplies on top of that. You had the Texas freeze - made a foam shortage it was just one thing after another," Berger said.

He anticipates things will cool down by July when more people are on vacation, and it will pick back up again in September.